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3 worthwhile activities in Swakopmund, Namibia

Swakopmund, on the west coast of Namibia, offers a plethora of adventures that will delight any tourist.
Here’s three different ways to make the most of your trip to this town.

For the culture hit


The last assumption one should have about Swakopmund (or Namibia in general) is that there won’t be enough entertainment for families. The area boasts the only aquarium Namibia has and is home to many species of the marine life found in the Atlantic Ocean.

Another great activity for the whole family is a visit to the Swakopmund Museum. This museum is a fun way to find out more about the rich history of Namibia’s west coast.


It takes you on a journey about the ethnology of the various tribes in Namibia including the Ovambo (the largest tribe in the country), Kavango and Damara people.

For the adrenalin rush


For the adrenalin junkies, Swakopmund is somewhat of a Mecca.

Sandboarding is one of, if not the most, popular outdoor activities the area has to offer. With a choice between stand up or lie down sandboarding, it is (surprisingly!) quite the forgiving experience for those who are not athletically inclined.


Explore the Atlantic with Desert Explorers, which offers dolphin cruises that allow you not only to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat but you also have the opportunity to spot seals and other of the local marine life too.

If you’d prefer to stay on land, they also offer camel rides for a truly unique view of the Swakopmund landscape.

Hop on a bicycle and experience the best of Swakopmund culture on two wheels. You’ll cycle past the sprinklings of German architecture while taking in the natural beauty surrounding the city.

For the cultured foodies


Whether you’d like to experience rustic local food or prefer fine dining, Swakopmund has you covered.

Visit Café Anton for a hearty German-inspired lunch and book your reservation at Jetty 1905 for a more upscale experience with spectacular views of the ocean.

Swakopmund not only serves as a great tourist destination on its own, but the anomaly of this desert town in Namibia mirroring a small German town of the type found in  Bavaria is what makes it truly unique, with the offerings of traditional German foods and architecture.
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