Swakopmund (German for "Mouth of the Swakop") is a city on the coast of northwestern Namibia, approximately 280 km west of Windhoek. Swakopmund is the capital of the Erongo administrative district and is located in the Namib Desert. Swakopmund is a beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture.
Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa, a sizable part of its population is still German-speaking today. The city lies on the B2 road and the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Walvis Bay. It is also home to Swakopmund Airport and Swakopmund Skydiving Club.
Swakopmund is Namibia's premier holiday resort town. The towns most iconic symbol is the Swakopmund jetty, initially used as mooring for ships it later became a popular area for anglers and walkers.
The Cape Cross Seal Colony is worth a visit as well as the Welwitschia drive is an interesting way to spend a few hours and introduces you to some of the fauna and flora of the Namib Desert. Bird lovers can pay a visit to the Swakopmund Salt Works or the Walvis Bay Lagoon, which in season is frequented by thousands of flamingos.
Other attractions in Swakopmund include a Swakopmund Museum, the National Marine Aquarium, a crystal gallery and spectacular sand dunes near Langstrand south of the Swakop River. Just outside the city is the Rossmund Desert Golf Course, one of only 5 all-grass desert golf courses in the world. Read interesting articles on the area including Off the Beaten Track - What to Do in Swakopmund.
There is a great variety of accommodation in Swakopmund which cater for all tastes and budgets. It should be noted that these establishments will definitely need to be booked in advance especially if you are travelling in the busy December holidays.