The 7 Best Things to Do in Swakopmund, Namibia

January 15, 2018 Leonarda Pillsbury

Namibia's largest coastal town is a huge draw for merrymakers and vacationers from all over the globe. This seaside resort showcases its German origins in its European-style colonial architecture, creating a jarring juxtaposition against the landscape of the Namib desert. Sandboard or motorbike the dunes, dine and imbibe in a picturesque restaurant on the waterfront, or just marvel at the unusual birds and plants that populate the region.
Restaurants in Swakopmund

1. Desert Explorers

Erf 1058 Nathaniel Maxuili | PO.Box 2428, Swakopmund, Namibia +264 64 406 096
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 566 reviews

Desert Explorers

Reviewed By A Rajan P

Desert Explorers boasts visits from many celebrities of the film, politics and sports field. Quad bikes are the best way to explore the desert and dunes. You may need to wait a bit during holiday season, but plenty of bikes are available with expert guides. Safety standards are good.

2. Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

Swakopmund, Namibia
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 321 reviews

Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

Reviewed By huys25 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The many plants, male and female are a special feature. Amazing how these can survive in the desert climate and become so old. The road is good, a bit bare at the beginning, but the plants at the end of the road are super interesting.

3. Swakopmund Jetty

Swakopmund, Namibia +264 64 405 664
Excellent
38%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 623 reviews

Swakopmund Jetty

Reviewed By botha6302015 - Bloemfontein, South Africa

This is the place to be if you need some time out and listen to the sound of the waves while watching the most beautiful sunset over the Atlantic...it has recently been renovated with a restaurant at the very end where you can enjoy your meal almost surrounded by the ocean...priceless!!

4. Swakopmund Museum

Strand Street, Swakopmund, Namibia +264 64 402 046
Excellent
39%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 442 reviews

Swakopmund Museum

The Swakopmund Museum run by the Scientific Society Swakopmund. It is the largest privately run museum in Namibia and a favourite amongst locals and guests. On display are various types of indigenous plants, animals, minerals, an archaeological exhibition, the transport system of old and a variety of cultural historical objects. One of a kind and educational is the exhibition “People of Namibia.” This focuses on the traditional heritage of the different ethnic groups of Namibia.

Reviewed By Louis V

Very interesting and educational. Inexpensive but you need a couple of hours to fully explore everything

5. National Marine Aquarium of Namibia

Strand Street, Swakopmund, Namibia +264 64 400 800
Excellent
22%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
9%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 200 reviews

National Marine Aquarium of Namibia

Reviewed By Becca A - Montevideo, Uruguay

This was our young daughter’s favorite thing to do in Swakopmund. The rays and small Aquariums were cool but the super impressive thing about the aquarium is the fish and shark tunnel. It is really well lit so it is easy to see the fish and get good photos. Some of the displays are a little dated but still informative.

6. Woermannhaus

Swakopmund, Namibia
Excellent
24%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Woermannhaus

Reviewed By FaerieLiza - Cape Town

Fascinating architecture! Good gallery. And the best views in town. The tower has to be ascended - 360 degree views of the town is an experience. It is hard to believe that this gem and oasis of Swakopmund is surrounded by desert - it is easy to forget this when visiting the town. The view from the tower brings everything into sharp perspective.

7. German Evangelical Lutheran Church

Swakopmund, Namibia
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

German Evangelical Lutheran Church

Reviewed By Brigitte B

Historic church, the coloured windows in front are wonderful. You can experience the German architecture of this church. You can sign a visitors book at the front entrance.

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