Swakopmund

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Swakopmund is the second largest city in Namibia and has a total area of 181sq km, a city on the Atlantic coast of north western Namibia. Swakopmund is a beach resort and an excellent example of German colonial architecture. Swakopmund resembles a small German village with the exception that it is situated between the arid desert and the beautiful ocean making it unique.

It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa. It is one of the few places anywhere outside of Europe where a sizable minority of the population speaks German and has German roots. Attractions in Swakopmund include a transport museum, the National Marine Aquarium, a crystal gallery and spectacular sand dunes near Langstrand south of the Swakop River.

Outside of the city, the Rossmund Desert Golf Course is one of only five all-grass desert golf courses in the world. The city is also known for extreme sports. South of Swakopmund lies Walvis Bay surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides and the cold Atlantic waters to the west. Walvis Bay famed for its natural harbour and fishing is the home to an incredible array of sea birds particularly pelicans. For the adventurous head out to "Dune 7" the highest dune in the area, climb to the top and be rewarded by the stunning views. This area enjoys a temperate climate with average temperature ranges between 15°C to 25°C. Rainfall is less than 15 mm per year, making gutters and drainpipes on buildings a rarity


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Namibia

Fly to

Windhoek

flying time

12 hours 30 minutes via Johannesburg

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

April - October

Weather

The best time to visit Namibia is between April and October, the days are warm and sunny and rainfall at a minimum. The wet season arrives in December and generally runs through until March.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Namibia

Nights: 12 | from £5,875pp

Experience the contrasting textures, colours and captivating landscapes of Namibia on a journey through the highlights of the country, from vast orange... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife | Adventure & Culture

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Desert Dune Safari

Nights: 14 | from £5,935pp

The ultimate Namibian adventure, this itinerary will take you to the charming capital Windhoek, the beautiful barren landscape of Sossusvlei, the coastal... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Skeleton Coast Flying Safari

Nights: 3 | from £5,870pp

A truly unforgettable 3 night flying safari over Namibia's bewitching Skeleton Coast, home to towering red sand dunes and the native Himba people. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Namibia

Nights: 15 | from £4,830pp

This is a suggested self drive itinerary and a perfect introduction to Namibia, taking all in the key highlights including Etosha National Park, Damaraland,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Hansa Hotel

Hansa Hotel was born on the 5th July 1905, created by the master hairdresser Paul Miersch, who proved so popular he offered clients to stay. A place of... Find out more

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Pelican Point Lodge, Walvis Bay

A renovated old harbour control building, Pelican Point Lodge is a characterful eco- lodge with a stunning location on the remote peninsula of Pelican... Find out more

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Villa Margherita

Villa Margherita is a fusion of contemporary charm and traditional design within a historic colonial building in the heart of Swakopmund, Namibia's second... Find out more

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