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Located in Namibia :: Skeleton Coast  :: Swakopmund
Category: Places :: City


In 1892 German South-West Africa had a problem. Their rivals, the British, had a natural deep-water harbour just down the coast at Walvis Bay. Not discouraged, they built their own harbour using an artificial breakwater, and so Swakopmund was born. This site was also chosen for its fresh water sources. The town quickly became the main port for imports and exports for the whole German territory but it all came to an abrupt end when German South-West Africa was occupied by the Union of South Africa in 1915.
The change in government saw all harbour activities transferred from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay. In hindsight, it was just as well because the artificial breakwater at Swakopmund, the ‘Mole’, had already silted up and the port was by now reliant on a somewhat unreliable wooden jetty.
As business, industry and government decamped south to Walvis Bay, the town’s growth briefly faltered. But happily, Swakopmund had already started to achieve popularity as a holiday town and the town has continued to grow in this direction to this day. The uranium discovery at Rössing (now one of the largest uranium mines in the world) near Arandis, some 70 km east of Swakopmund, has also had a sizable impact on the town’s growth.

Traveller Description

If you’re looking for firm evidence of Namibia’s German colonial heritage, this is a town to include on your itinerary. In Swakopmund you’ll find some fine examples of German architecture which you can admire while sustaining yourself with German pastries and beer in one of the town’s many coffee shops and bars. This is a friendly place and is a firm favourite with Namibians too, especially in the summer months when the coast offers a cool break from the heat of the interior.
Swakopmund is located within the Dorob National Park and is a gateway to many adventures in the adjacent Namib Desert, particularly so-called extreme sports like sky diving, quad biking, sand boarding, mountain biking and hot-air ballooning. But whether you’re here to chill or scare yourself senseless, this is a town where you can easily spend three days.
Although the municipal area of Swakopmund is excluded from the Dorob National Park, you should take note of restricted roads outside the town and respect efforts to protect this beautiful coastline.

Address :  Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  MTC. LEO

Destination Information
Police Hospital Doctor Tourist Information Office Petrol Diesel Gas Refill Laundromat Shopping Mall Shopping Centre Bank ATM Foreign Exchange Internet Cafe Lodging Camping Butchery Bakery Liquor Restaurant Pharmacy Airport Airstrip Car Rental Tyre Repair Tyre Sales Mechanical Repair Towing Service
Facilities :  Tour Services
Police Telephone :  +264(0)64 415 007
Hospital Telephone :  +264(0)64 412 200 (Mediclinic)
Doctor Telephone :  +264(0)64 404 080
Tourist Information Telephone :  +264 81 155 4000
Towing Service Telephone :  +264(0)81 234 3606 / +264(0)81 236 8830 (Polka 24hrs service)
Petrol Type :  ULP/LRP
Diesel Type :  All types

Other Facilities :  Sportgrounds/Showgrounds. Auto Glass Repair. Carwash. Gymnasium. Sports Club. Auto Dealer. Motorbike Repair Services. Abattoir. Auto Spares. Municipal. Retirement Home. School/s. Sewerage Treatment Plant. Medical Centre. Casino. Theatre/Cinema. Bar/s. Deli/s. Court. Travel Agency. Interior Design/Lifestyle Services. Logistics Services. Veterinarian/Animal Hospital. Government Services. Fast Food.

Game Viewing Game Drives Quad Bikes 4WD Trails Tours and Excursions Hiking Trails Guided Walks Mountain Biking Horse Trails Fishing Swimming Canoeing Makoro Trips Boat Trips Bird Watching Hot-air Balloon Flights Stargazing Photography
Night Drives, Picnics, Wine Tasting, Donkey Cart Drives, Camel Rides, Ostrich Showfarm, Animal Feeding, Golf, Diving, Snorkelling, Surfing, Sandboarding, Water Skiing, Sea_Kayaking, Sailing, White Water Rafting, Whale or Dolphin Watching, Scenic Flights
More Activities :  Sky Diving. Explore the desert on four wheels. Camping Safaris. Desert Excursions. Living Desert Tours. Cruise the open sea on a catamaran. Sea Kayaking. Paintball. Hunting. Jukskei. Eating out.
Notes on Activities :  Shark fishing. (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information
Closest Main Route :  C34 & B2

There are many options. Alta Brücke is a very well-regarded resort which offers both self-catering chalets and campsites.

Attractions in Swakopmund include the Swakopmund Museum, the National Marine Aquarium and a crystal gallery.

Enjoy German pastries and beer in the town’s many coffee shops and bars.

Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia.
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are legal payment instruments, but many fuel stations choose NOT to accept Debit and/or Credit cards. But generally credit cards are accepted at garages in bigger and touristy towns. Take extra cash with still in case!

Gas refill can be done at Cymot.

There is a dentist.
State hospital tel: +264(0)64 410 6000.

There is a Spar, Pick n Pay, Shoprite and many other department stores.

 Travel Tip!

December is a very busy time here, bookings will definitely be necessary.
If you would like to take a salt crystal home, stop at the make-shift tables set up at the C34 roadside just north of town. Beautiful pink salt crystals, in varying shapes and sizes, are mined from the nearby salt pans. The tables are unmanned but you can leave a donation in the honesty box.

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