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Swakopmund

A European inspired coastal city in Southern Africa

Swakopmund is both a destination in its own right and a launch pad for exploration of the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert. The city was founded by German settlers in the late 19th century and it still has a distinctly Germanic feel.

On a walking tour in central Swakopmund you’ll discover plenty of architectural gems, many of which date back to the city’s earliest years. Be sure to sample the local cuisine and have a drink in a bar: it’s a sure fire way to get chatting with the locals!

If you’re interested in marine wildlife, the National Marine Aquarium is well worth a visit. You can see many of the sea creatures up close, and it helps in identifying those you’ll see in the wild along the Skeleton Coast.
 
Venturing outside the city, don’t miss the Moon Landscape, a vista across eroded hills and valleys carved out by the Swakop River. A local guide will teach you about the flora, including its medicinal and nutritional uses and the history of the indigenous nomadic people who once roamed across Southern Africa.
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Accommodation:
Hansa Hotel

Hansa Hotel is the oldest and finest hotel in Namibia, a monument in its own right in Swakopmund. The building dates from 1905, so is an important part of the town’s architectural heritage, and is a very charming place to stay.

Accommodation:
The Strand

The Strand Hotel in Swakopmund boasts a location at the point where the Namib dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a modern, well-run property right on the beachfront, so you can walk out straight onto the sands and along the coast.

Accommodation:
Cornerstone Guesthouse

There are times on a trip when you want time and space to yourself, with no one else around. That’s when the self-catering Atlantik Sicht comes into its own. If you do want staff, however, then its sister property Cornerstone Guesthouse fits the bill.