Swakopmund is a beach resort and an example of a German colonial architecture. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-Africa, and a sizable part of its population is still German-speaking today,but don’t worry English is also a huge form of communication. Swakopmund lies on the B2 road and the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Walvis Bay Swakopmund Airport and Swakopmund Railway Station. The city has scattered coffee shops, night clubs, bars and hotels.
Swakopmund offers tourists an action packed holiday and a safari adventure with activities to suit everyone. There certainly is no shortage of things to do in this lively seaside town. Swakopmund emanates romance and history from German settlers, artists and beautiful gemstones. it’s a unique and exciting mixture of cultures surrounded by the extraordinary Namib Naukluft Park, one of the largest desert areas in Africa.
I would personally recommend these five 5 Tourist Attractions to visit:
- The Kristall Gallerie
- The War Memorial
- The National Marine Aquarium
- Fine Art Gallery
- The Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre
The Kristall Gallerie is home to the world’s largest Quartz crystal cluster on display, this awe-inspiring natural wonder is estimated to be 520 million years old. It was founded in 1998 by a man of passion, enthusiasm and vision, Johannes Adolf Kleynhans. This Gallerie has been designed for you to share in and discover some of the earth’s most beautiful masterpieces – a fascinating display of crystals and gemstones. Its a unique experience for every tourist to enjoy. Inside the Gallerie, there are Craft Areas, Crystal Displays, Gemshops, Gem Gardens and ofcourse a Coffee Shop. The Gallerie is open from monday-saturday, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM. You can visit their website for more info www.kristallgalerie.com
The War Memorial Swakopmund is next to the State Presidents summer house (Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht). The war memorial commemorate the soldiers that died in the two world wars. It was unveiled on 10 November 1963 in memory of the slain soldiers. Its interesting because of the stories of bravery, passion and sacrifice of these soldiers. There are mind-blowing sculptures of the soldiers in the site.
The National Marine Aquarium is the only aquarium in Namibia. It is located in the Atlantic Coast of Swakopmund. The National Aquarium in Swakopmund opens a window to the wonders of marine life in the cold Benguela Current across the coast of South Africa. Species that can be viewed there are The Large Octopus, Pipefishes, Horse Mackerel, Horseshoe Sea Cucumber, Spot Gully Shark, Shy Shark, Kelp Gull, Sand Shrimp, Red Crab, Cape Fur Seal and a host of other marine species. The Aquarium is open on Tuesday-Sunday, from 10:00 AM-04:00 PM. You can also help feed the species by 3:00 PM.
The Fine Art Gallery in Swakopmund Namibia is the home of the world’s most ancient and beautiful art – the rock paintings of the SAN. – It is also the scene of a host of contemporary artists producing new works. It is situated in the vibrant and tourist popular town of Sam Nujoma Avenue, Swakopmund, it has regular exhibitions of exciting contemporary artworks by leading and emerging Namibian artist. It is open from Tuesday- Saturday, 10:00 AM- 06:00PM.
The Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre offers facilities such as Cinema, Casino, Games Room for older children, Reflexologist Centre, Swimming pool, Shopping Mall and and an in-house tour operator for advice on day trips. The Hotel offers accommodation in 2 luxury suites, 14 luxury rooms, 30 family rooms and 44 twin rooms. All rooms are en suite (bath, shower and toilet), individually air-conditioned, and equipped with tea/coffee-making facilities, stocked mini bars, electronic safe, hair dryers, shaving plugs, TV (including German channel) and direct dialing telephones.You can also enjoy meals in your room and there is a round the clock room service with snack menu.
Activities you can enjoy in Swakopmund includes bird-watching at Sandwich Harbour and Walvis Bay, Desert and dune excursions, Excursions to the wild and remote Skeleton Coast Park, Hot Air Ballooning, Tours to the Namib Naukluft Park.
Swakopmund is also home to The Rossmund Desert Golf Course ideal for keen golfers; one of only 5 all-grass desert golf courses in the world offering a unique golfing experience.
There are a couple of cheap hotels in swakopmund that you can lodge in like The Namib Guesthouse, Villa Magherita, Strand Hotel,Hotel Zum Kaiser and a host of others.