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Swakopmund at a Glance

Swakopmund is a German colonial city sitting on Namibia's coast and is the country's most popular destination. Swimmers, surfers and skydivers come here to relax or get their thrills.

One of Swakopmund's coolest attractions (besides the ocean) is sand boarding. Visitors can bomb down sand dunes at high speed just as if they were sledding. If flying sand isn't your fancy, stick to the beach where you can swim, sun bathe and find excellent surfing. If it rains, marine life lovers can visit the sharks in a giant tunnel aquarium and history buffs can learn about the history of the place in a city museum.

Beach town that it is, Swakopmund is also an interesting place to see historic German architecture. The Germans built up the town in the years before WWI. In addition to the architecture, the area retains a German approach to eating, drinking and hospitality.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Hosea Kutako Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers entering Namibia will need a valid passport and a visa. Many travelers can get their visa at the airport. You need to have at least six blank pages in your passport when you enter and exit the country, especially if you are traveling to or from South Africa. All travelers should visit the Namibian Embassy's website for specific entry requirements as these can change frequently. U.S residents can use the U.S State Department website for more information as well. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Intercape Mainliner bus
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Rain falls January through April along the Atlantic coast. Severe storms can also occur at this time.

      Safety Concerns Nambia doesn't pose a large threat to tourists' security. Avoid flashing your cash, leave valuables at home and safeguard your passport. It's best to walk in groups after dark. Pay attention to signs and local advice regarding beach safety.

      Health Concerns: Tourists should speak with their doctor at least two months before their trip to discuss vaccinations and travel health. While in Namibia, purify or boil your water.