Swakopmund is situated in the Namib Desert and is the fourth largest town in Namibia. The town is a beach resort and an example of German colonial architecture.
It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South West Africa, and a small part of its population is still German-speaking today.
The city has scattered coffee shops, night clubs, bars, and accommodation. On offer are balloon rides, skydiving, quad biking, and small marine cruises. The Swakopmund Skydiving Club has operated from Swakopmund Airport since its founding in 1972.
Attractions in Swakopmund include:
– the Swakopmund Museum
– the National Marine Aquarium
– a crystal gallery
– spectacular sand dunes near Langstrand south of the Swakop River.
Outside the city, the Rossmund Desert Golf Course is one of only five all-grass desert golf courses in the world. Nearby is a farm that offers camel rides to tourists and the Martin Luther steam locomotive, dating from 1896 and abandoned in the desert.