A picturesque coastal city facing the Atlantic ocean established by the German colonialists and featured with the German styled architecture, Swakopmund, takes you back in time deep into the Namibian history.
National Marine Aquarium of Namibia - toothy sharks, graceful rays, and much more of the sea life to be viewed at a close-up. This aquarium is a treasure trove of cold offshore world in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Swakopmund Museum - Founded by a dentist in 1951, this museum is the largest privately run museum in Namibia, covering the animals, history and geology of the arid Namibia.
Hohenzollernhaus - A monument witness to the German colonial period, Hohenzollernhaus is a beautiful specimen with arched entrance and windows, along with stucco figures and other decorative designs adorning the window seals.Built in 1905, it got the recognition of a national monument in 1972.
Swakopmund Mole - unfamiliar with the Benguela Current, architect FW Ortloff built a sea wall to enhance the town's poor harbour and create a mooring place for large cargo vessels. The harbour entrance was choked off by a sand bank in less than 5 years and is now a mooring place for pleasure boats.
Swakopmund Lighthouse - featuring in the municipal coat of arms of the town, the Lighthouse is integral part of Swakopmund's skyline. It was opened in 1902 and is being used today to guide boats to safety.
Mermaid Casino Swakopmund - Skeleton coast comes to life here, with the bustling popular Mermaid Casino featuring entertainment, dining and gambling facilities.
Alter-Action Sand-boarding - Vouched by most travellers from around the world, this is an event you would regret missing. Sand-boarding down the dunes and sledding is at its best with the most friendly and accommodating staff to assist the beginners.
Snake Park - A little hide-away enjoyed by the old and the young equally, learn about the many snake and lizard species adorning the Namibian desert.
Swakopmund wildlife species can be found across the town's habitats and some of the most common species include black-backed jackal, brown hyena and cape fur seals. Springbok and gemsbok can also be found near the coastlines, while desert elephants can sometimes be spotted outside of the town in the surrounding desert.
Take a walk amongst the huge colonies of cape fur seals, and take the opportunity to visit the nearby Walvis Bay lagoon, a world-renowned sanctuary, where 80% of southern Africa’s flamingos feed and on which 70% of the world’s chestnut-banded plovers rely on for survival. Some of the other common bird species are coastal birds such as dabchicks, avocets, egyptian geese, moorhens, flamingos, plovers and other small waders.
January is seldom foggy, it rarely rains and you can expect cool weather along with pleasant warm days with and a cloudy sky.
February brings uncommon fog and cool weather.
March has sport friendly high temperature days with an overcast sky.
April has fog from time to time with rare rainfall along with cool weather. You may also experience warm days with a heavily overcast sky.
May brings cool weather. with a slightly cloudy sky.
June enjoys cooler days with a heavily overcast sky.
July means not so hot days with an overcast sky.
August brings fresh days and the temperature fluctuates around 13℃ with a light breeze.
September has cool days with heavily overcast sky. Typically temperature fluctuates around 14℃ and wind is light breeze.
October gets cooler days with heavily overcast sky. Typically temperature fluctuates around 15℃ and wind is light breeze.
November - Typically temperature fluctuates around 17℃ and wind is light breeze.
December - not so hot days with almost complete cloudy sky. Typically temperature fluctuates around 17℃ and wind is light breeze.
As in any culture, food plays a very important role in the Namibia however, there is a heavy influence of South Africa in their dishes along with the a little bit of dutch ancestry. Namibia has different game compared to countries such as England; where they have partridge, pheasant or deer. In Namibia animals such as kudu, springbok, ostrich, crocodile; come up on the menu. Game in Namibia is very popular during the winter period, but can be enjoyed all year round as biltong or just as a meat dish on it's own. Some of the most popular delicacies are Potjie Kos, Braaivleis, Boerewors, Biltong, Mopane worms, Kapana, Mielie pap (maize meal), Tripe (Afval), Game and Pluck (Harslag).
A captain from the Imperial German colony landed on the shores of Swakopmund 120 soldiers and 40 settlers. They were assisted by the Kru tribesmen from Liberia who used special boats. Their history is one marked by a strong sense of ethnicity and resistance to occupation, having nautical experience, they were employed as sailors, navigators and interpreters aboard slave ships, as well as American and British warships used against the slave trade.
There is heavy influence from the Imperial German colonial period along with some Dutch influence.
Low-latitude desert, weather in Swakopmund is influenced by the subtropical dry arid (desert) climate. The average temperature is more than 18°C (64°F). Frost is absent or infrequent. The hottest month of the year is April, when the maximum temperature is about 26℃ and usually second week is the hottest. The coldest month is August when temperatures can drop to 7℃ at night!
The best way to get to Swakopmund by car is by road from Windhoek. The B2 is the main road from Windhoek, and takes 4-5 hours by car.
Minibuses operate from Windhoek almost every 2-3 hours. For about N$120 you can have a ride in an overloaded minibus. The ride will take about 4-6 hours.
Air Namibia offers many flights from Windhoek as well as Cape Town in South Africa. Flights operate from Walvis Bay, 35km south of Swakop.
South African Airways operate flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town. SAA flights also operate from Walvis Bay.
There are numerous light aircraft operators in Namibia that offer an effective way to minimize the time spend travelling the long distances.