Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge, Swakopmund

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Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge Reviews

Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge is a hostel in Swakopmund, Namibia.

The Location

Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge is located at the edge of Swakopmund's city centre. The dunes and beaches are both less than ten kilometres walking from the hostel. It is on the main road from Walvis Bay and Windhoek. The name is painted on the wall and therefore easy to recognize. Shuttles from Windhoek will drop you at the accommodation, while public transport from Walvis Bay may pass the place or will drop you very close. Public transport from Windhoek is cheaper than the shuttles, but they won’t drop you at the accommodation; reaching Desert Sky Backpackers by taxi is cheap. The hostel has a parking on their property, so you can park your car safely.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge has both private rooms and dorm rooms. Dorm rooms come in different sizes. Camping is also possible, but you will have to bring your own tent and equipment. The smallest dorm has only three beds. The price is the same for each dorm. The dorms can be locked and each guest has a key for the front door and either their private or dorm room. However, dorm rooms do not have lockers. There are several toilets at the property. The showers are in one block and are gender specific. The showers have a nice pressure. Both the showers and toilets are clean.

Common Spaces

The hostel has several common spaces. There is a kitchen, an outdoor seating area, and an indoor TV-room with couches. The kitchen is spacious with a lot of equipment. There are several seats and tables at the outdoor seating area. In the TV room there are couches where you can lounge, a TV, books, and sockets for European chargers. The common areas tend to stay empty or with only a few guests. The hostel is not the best place to meet fellow travelers, but is a good place if you prefer a quiet place that feels safe.


Desert Sky Backpackers lodge is well located and easy to find in Swakopmund. It has a quiet atmosphere and feels very safe and with nice beds and a well-equipped kitchen. However, if you are a social traveler who likes to meet many people, this may not be the best hostel for you.
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Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge, Swakopmund
Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge, Swakopmund
Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge, Swakopmund
Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge, Swakopmund
Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge, Swakopmund
Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge, Swakopmund
Martin Straatman Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-05-23

Perfect place to stay !

It is a perfect place to stay ! The location is awesome ! When you get out of the backpackers, you can see the sea on one side and the dunes on the other ! The garden is perfect to chill or do a barbecue. Every space is really clean ! The owner Betsy is really nice and convenient and the staff is smiling and helpful ! Do not hesitate to spend a lovely time there !

Thanks to Betsy, Joseph and the others for our lovely stay at their place !

Pierre and Louise from France

Age 27 | FRANCE

Perfect lodge for dorm, camping, or private room.

I was supposed to stay 4 days but end up staying 2.5 month. Near the beach, supermarket, liquor store. Nice vibe around this place. With cats and dogs, a big and clean kitchen where you can prepare your own stuff. Nice place to meet other travelers. Free to use the "braai" the BBQ, free WiFi throughout the whole building. No curfew, you get the key of the gate. At the reception a lot of options to arrange you activities such as trips to Sossosvlei, Etosha, Sky Diving, Camel rides, Quad driving.


Luggage Storage ... yea right. My stuff got stolen and management never even tried to find the thief.


Excellent place to stay -- clean, quiet, and well run

I've stayed in this backpackers on two separate occasions -- once in 2006 and once in 2007. I am very impressed by the place. It is very clean, not a party spot, and the owners are very professional. It is also well located -- close to the beach and downtown. The private rooms (with shared bath) are a particularly good deal. Looking forward to returning to the Desert Sky -- and arranging some lie-down sandboarding.


So, so nice.

a really good place to experience Swakopmund from. the owner Lofty is lovely and her assistant is very nice as well and helpful with arranging all kinds of activities (skydiving, sandboarding, all that). I remember one night in front of the fireplace with Biltong and a bottle of wine -- just the best.

miss D

Really nice place! Lofty, the owner, is just adorable! Nice Campground, nice rooms, and nice bathrooms! And on cold, foggy nights you just enjoy your evening in front of TV in the living room! I'd definitely go again!


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