Skeleton Beach Backpackers




The Review

Skeleton Beach Backpackers is a social hostel in Swakopmund, Namibia.

The Location

Skeleton Beach Backpackers is only one minute away from the beach. As soon as you exit the hostel and look to your right you can see the ocean. The hostel is a bit further from the city centre though. It will take you about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the city centre by foot, while the closest supermarket is only ten minutes away. The hostel is on a corner, near to the stadium. ‘Skeleton Beach Backpackers’ is written in big letters on the wall and is easy to recognize from the road. The hostel has onsite parking. The shuttle from Windhoek will drop you at the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Skeleton Beach Backpackers has both dorms and private rooms. There is also limited space for camping, but guests will need to bring their own tent and equipment. The dorm rooms have bunk beds that can accommodate either four or six beds. The six-bed dorms are ensuite. If you have an upper bunk bed you will have to use a separate ladder to climb up. Each guests has a key for the gate and the room. Only some of the dorm rooms have lockers. There are a few extra lockers in the common area, but there are not enough for all guests. Some of the rooms are built inside a container, but it won’t feel any different from a normal building when inside the room. The rooms and bathrooms are cleaned daily. There are three common bathrooms, in which both the toilets and showers are located. If the hostel is fully booked, you might have to wait for a bit for a shower in the morning.

Common Spaces

Skeleton Beach Backpackers is a social hostel where it is easy to meet people. The common spaces are divided in four different areas. There is a living room-like area inside, close to the reception. This area contains couches and a TV where you can relax. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are for sale at the reception. The hostel has a spacious open kitchen where a nice free buffet-style breakfast is served every morning. The kitchen is open and is connected to one of the seating areas. The hostel also has a braai (African barbeque) that guests can use.


Skeleton Beach Backpackers is a nice, comfortable and social hostel. The staff that is working there long-term is very friendly and helpful.
by Martin Straatman Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Skeleton Beach Backpackers" at 14 Moses Garoeb str, Vineta, Windhoek.)


14 Moses Garoeb str, Vineta, Windhoek, Swakopmund, Namibia
-22.666081, 14.527619 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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84% Guest Reviews

Bbest backpacker place
very nice and neat and good hospitality.
ta chang yu
Skeleton Beach, July 2015
Erika was very welcoming and easy-going. We enjoyed our conversations over breakfast and appreciate her help in suggesting restaurants and the boat tour. Our room was clean and large (double bed) and breakfast was lovely. Thank you!
Age 40, USA
Clean, quiet, safe, cheap
This is one of the best backpackers I've stayed at. It was a quiet scene without a bar and a bit of a walk from town (15-20 minutes walk from center) but close to the beach (a minute or two), immaculate, and with a very friendly and welcoming staff. I will definitely stay here again if I end up in need of a backpackers in Swakopmund.
Age 26, USA
Excellent, beautiful startup backpackers!
The staff was great, the facilities were top of the line, the morning tea/coffee/toast was much appreciated, and the owners went out of their way to ensure that we enjoyed their backpackers and Swakopmund. It's also in a prime location. Highly recommend this backpackers to anyone who is visiting the area.
Chad & Sam
Age 25, USA
Lovely accommodation close to both the city centre and the beach. The backpackers has a lovely home-like atmosphere and staff are helpful and welcoming.
Anne Louise, Alize and Lærke
Age 19, Norwegian
Impeccable accommodation
I found the service from the Skeleton Beach Backpackers impeccable. For the price the rooms are just so worth it, so spacious, very comfortable, spotless clean like a pin and offer everything you need for a perfect stay. The owners are amazing!!! It outweighs the others! We were treated with utmost hospitality, and all our needs were taken care of, while our privacy was respected at all times. We felt very welcome and there is just one regret! We wanted to stay longer! But had to leave due to responsibilities. I can, with a clear conscience, recommend Skeleton Beach backpackers to anybody if you would like to be treated as a VSP! (Very Special Person). The accommodation is just a walkable distance from the beach. Great accommodation, great owners, value for money.
Faith Murahwa
Age 27, Zimababwe

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