Candice Buchan
Candice Buchan Africa Product Manager
"Namibia is so different to the African bush – I loved its desert hues and the animals that struggle so hard to overcome the harsh climate."

Swakopmund Holidays

Swakopmund is Namibia’s premier holiday resort. It has the architecture and atmosphere of a small German town from an earlier era. Despite its coastal location, it isn’t the place for sunbathing – as the cold currents of the Atlantic meet the Namib Desert it creates a fog bank, and early mornings and evenings can be cold throughout the year.

Generally, the town enjoys a temperate climate, with temperatures of 15 - 25°C. Average annual rainfall is less than 15mm - you will notice the rarity of gutters and drainpipes on the buildings - and it is the sea mist that provides the moisture to sustain plant and animal life.

This coolness can be a relief from the heat of the rest of Namibia, and, even without sun-bathing, there are plenty ways to spend your time. Swakopmund is a centre for adventure activities: sandboarding, quad biking, dune carting, parachuting, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling, to name but a few.

For the more sedentary, there is a boat to observe the seals in Walvis Bay, and restaurants, cafes, art galleries, museums, as well as an aquarium. You should allow at least a couple of hours to enjoy the colonial architecture along the seafront, in Post Street, Kaiser Wilhelm Street and Brucken Street.

Birding

Swakopmund is a birding hotspot. In the reed beds of the Swakop estuary, you can observe various waders and land birds. The Saltworks, 6 km north of town, with its resident population of waders (oyster catcher, Cape teal, Cape shoveller, Blackwinged stilts, pelicans) is best visited early in the morning, before work begins. Between September and April, many migrants can also be seen. Nonidas Castle, 10 km east of town, is another good birding spot.

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Southern Namibia Camping Safari
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £1950 per person
10 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
A good-value, semi-participatory camping safari that takes in the scenic highlights of the southern Namibia - Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, Orange River and Luderitz.
Open Road Self-Drive Namibia safari
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £2035 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
This two-week, self-drive holiday visits many Namibia's iconic highlights including a safari in Etosha and the dunes of Sossusvlei, staying at comfortable lodges, rest camps and guesthouses.
Self-Drive Roof-Top Camping Holiday
  • Adventure
  • Fly-Drive
From £2199 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
A self-drive, roof-top camping trip is an excellent way for the independent-minded traveller to experience Namibia. Everything you need for a self-sufficient trip is provided.
Pocket-size Northern Namibia Self-Drive
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £2340 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
Limited time but still want to explore some of Namibia's highlights? Then you could consider a shorter trip that focuses on the...
Classic Namibia Self-Drive Holiday
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £2499 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
Our two-week self-drive tour stays in top quality camps, lodges and guesthouses and you will visit Namibia's most notable highlights including Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei
Delta & Dunes Camping Safari
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £2835 per person
17 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia     Botswana
This semi-participatory camping safari is an excellent introduction to Botswana and Namibia, including the pristine waterways of the Okavango Delta, Bushmanland, the Namib Desert and Etosha.
Namibian Honeymoon Adventure
  • Honeymoons
  • Safari
From £2980 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
This Namibian self-drive honeymoon takes in the inspiring Africat project, the world-famous Etosha National Park, the rocky deserts of Damaraland and the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei.
Discover Namibia Lodge-Based Small Group Tour
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £3050 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
This small-group tour visits Namibia's top highlights - Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei - staying in comfortable guest houses / small hotels and lodges. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 persons.
Namibia Private Camping Safari
  • Family
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £3435 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
A new privately guided camping tour that visits Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Okonjima and Swakopmund. Suits a group or family of four.
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