This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Swakopmund. To help you make friends with Swakopmund before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Swakopmund is the wilder side of Namibia. For many, their Namibia "loop" will involve the inevitable adrenalin-pumping stop in this intriguing city. Swakopmund affords visitors the chance to engage in some of Southern Africa’s most exciting activities, from skydiving to dune boarding. For those looking for something a bit more relaxed, Swakopmund also offers some of the most Germanic architecture available in Namibia. Swakopmund hostels are mostly of quality, with energetic and knowledgeable tourist services.
There’s good reason this is one of Namibia’s most popular destinations. For those wanting to get in touch with Namibia’s sea life, the place to head is the National Marine Aquarium. By providing visitors with elaborate information on Namibia’s coastal wildlife, this sight will ensure visitors are well prepared for subsequent boat rides out to sea. As they are situated by the waterfront, most Swakopmund hostels are within close walking distance.
As this is Namibia’s adventure capital, many visitors come to Swakopmund looking for those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. If you’re ever going to sky dive, this is the place to do it, with exquisite views of the dramatic meeting of Namibia’s desert and shoreline. For those looking for something calmer, Swakopmund also offers some of the region’s most accessible sandboarding activities and some magnificent horse riding trails. Whatever your interpretation of adventure, your Swakopmund hostel will be able to link you with a reliable provider!
For those looking for Swakopmund’s German past, the city centre oozes Swakopmund’s unique Namibian-German character. Make sure to find the Woermannhaus on Bismark Street, a national monument highlighting the heights of German colonial architecture in Namibia. As most Swakopmund hostels are located within the centre, your hostel in Swakopmund will easily be able to direct you toward some of the city’s architectural landmarks.
Whether you’re continuing onward to Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, or Etosha National Park, your Swakopmund hostel will certainly be able to help with some up-to-date information and competitive tour rates.
Swakopmund hostels are available year-round, with peak times being the June-July European summer and South African holidays. During this period, definitely book in advance!
Written by local enthusiast for Swakopmund hostels@dhersz