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How to Spend 2 Days in Swakopmund

How to Spend 2 Days in Swakopmund

Desert meets sea in Swakopmund, a lively resort town that’s rich in history, culture, and nature. In 48 hours, it’s possible to gain an overview of the city, enjoy its coastal location, and take a day trip to discover Namibia’s nature. Here’s how.

Day 1: Sightsee in Swakopmund

**Morning:**Kickstart your time in Swakopmund on a city tour; opt to travel by bike or bus for hassle-free transfers between attractions, and learn about the city’s colonial history and modern culture from a guide.

**Afternoon:**Immerse yourself in the city’s cultural heritage during a visit to Swakopmund Museum, Kristall Galerie, or the National Aquarium. Or, embark on a food-focused tour for a taste of domestic cuisine; most tours include samples. 

**Night:**Absorb sunset views while dining on fresh seafood in one of Swakopmund’s beachside eateries, then unwind with a nightcap in one of the city center’s lively bars. Alternatively, head into the surrounding dunes on a night walk for a different perspective of the Namib’s flora and fauna.

Day 2: Beyond the City

**Day:**Dedicate your second day to discovering wider Namibia’s natural highlights on of the many full- or half-day tours that depart from Swakopmund. Whether you want to fish on the Atlantic, cycle across the desert, see native wildlife up close, or explore sand dunes by quad bike, you have options. Out-of-town tours typically include pickup and drop-off, but not lunch, so it’s worth bringing some snacks with you. Alternatively, cooking classes are a great option for those who want to stay in the city; you’ll enjoy a hands-on experience with local produce, and gain insight into Namibian cooking traditions.

**Night:**Many travelers head directly to Windhoek or Walvis Bay on their last night, for easy access to the international airports. Others prefer to stay in rural camps or guest houses outside the city, for an immersive natural experience combined with hotel-quality amenities.

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11 Tours and Activities | All Swakopmund Tours

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Swakop Food Tour

Swakop Food Tour

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Skip the touristy restaurants and experience the local flavors instead on this walking tour of Swakopmund’s authentic haunts. On a tour curated for foodies and history buffs alike, your guide provides context for the city’s unusual palate by unraveling the fascinating history and culture of the former German colony. Arrive hungry and indulge in African game meat, fresh fish, local beer, and sweets at a German-influenced cake shop.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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US$87.18
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US$87.18

3-Hour Quad Biking and Sand-Boarding Combo from Swakopmund

3-Hour Quad Biking and Sand-Boarding Combo from Swakopmund

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Head into the unforgiving landscapes of Namibia with this three-hour quad biking and sand-boarding experience from Swakopmund. Take the ride of your live over stunning dunes and get an up close look at the rare plants and wildlife that call the Namib Desert home. Once you've cruised the dunes aboard a quad bike, ride the sandy waves on an exhilarating dune board. This popular tour allows travelers to see places that are inaccessible by car and to get an up close look at the breathtaking landscapes that make Namibia one of the most beautiful nations in Africa. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$86.00
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US$86.00
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Eco Dune Tour

Eco Dune Tour

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This super informative tour of Namibia’s dune landscape is an ideal choice for nature lovers. Your guide tells you all about the distinct desert environment and helps you spot wildlife like lizards, snakes, and beetles as you walk across the sandy expanse. Hotel pickup and drop-off, bottled water, and a snack make this tour an easy and comfortable option.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$55.59
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US$55.59
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Private Guided Swakopmund Tour with Local Guide

Private Guided Swakopmund Tour with Local Guide

Explore the food, culture, and history of Namibia with a tour of the Township of Mondesa in Swakopmund. Lead by a guide who grew up in the township, visit markets, schools, and homes where you can try traditional food with a local family and see daily life in the township. The tour includes cultural stories, education, and a live performance from a local choir.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.06
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Living Dunes Experience from Swakopmund

Living Dunes Experience from Swakopmund

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Venture outside of Swakopmund's city limits and into the coastal dune belt that lies just beyond its borders on this incredible living desert tour from one of Namibia's most-popular tourist destinations. Your guide points out wildlife and natural highlights of this scenic landscape as your travel past towering sand dunes that are home to Palmato Geckos, lizards and other small animals. This nature tour includes a thrilling dune drive and is ideal for first-time visitors and families.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.00
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US$40.00

Scenic Desert Tour by Bike

Scenic Desert Tour by Bike

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Explore the stunning Namibian desert by bicycle, covering more sights in less time on two wheels. Enjoy a scenic and eco-friendly adventure, pedaling your way up and down rolling sand dunes surrounding Swakopmund. Tours are suitable for people with moderate fitness levels, and include personalized attention from a hands-on group guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.77
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US$30.77
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Swakopmund Historical Local Guided Cultural Day Tour

Swakopmund Historical Local Guided Cultural Day Tour

Learn about Namibia’s diverse cultures and traditions during this half-day, insider-led tour of Mondesa Township, in Swakopmund. Understand the country’s different tribal groups, including the Ovambo, Damara, Herero, and Ovahimba. Highlights include a tasty meal in a local home and a chance to observe daily life in the community.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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US$80.00

Half Day Swakopmund Cultural Historical Township Tour

Half Day Swakopmund Cultural Historical Township Tour

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Discover the region’s cultural heritage on a half-day tour of Mondesa and the Democratic Resettlement Community from Swakopmund. Meet important members of the local community, visit a local restaurant and bar, and gain insight into Damara and Herero culture as you explore the township, with insights provided by your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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US$51.29
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Walvisbay & Swakopmund Local Township Day Tours

Walvisbay & Swakopmund Local Township Day Tours

Kapana Grilled Beef is a way of preparing raw meat, typically beef in Namibia by grilling it on open fire. The grilled meat is often sold at open market by young and small business people; it is cut into small pieces and grilled and sold while it's cooking. . Kapana business has contributed in a small way to the economic development of the country by giving unemployed young people an opportunity to start their business with a very low capital and look after their family. Kapana in Namibia is popular in Swakopmund Mondesa area[5] and people from surrounding locations visit Explorer Tours to eat Kapana. You will get an-in-depth exploration in the Township of Mondesa and Swakopmund". Learn about the different tribes in and cultures of Namibia from the Ovambo, Damara Herero to the Ovahimba People. Giving back to our community 25% of your payments benefit the community, for the home visit and the Mondesa School project foundation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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US$80.00

Mondesa Cycling Township Tour

Mondesa Cycling Township Tour

We encourage you to discover and explore our exiting Cycling and Walking Tours.If you looking for a unique way to experience township culture, where the other majority of people live, where you get up close and personal, meet and greet locals with a local guide. Then choose from one of our eco-friendly Cycling, Walking or driving by car tours in Mondesa Township.Exploring the heart and soul of Namibia with your local guide, you are able to get to know the true African Authentic Hospitality.Explore different cultures and meet local people in the Community of Mondesa with your local, personal tour guide, get to know Namibia better, learn about the different tribes in Namibia from Ovambo, Damara, Herero and the Ovahimba people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$92.31
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US$92.31

Swakopmund & Walvisbay Historical Cycling or by Car Township Tours

Swakopmund & Walvisbay Historical Cycling or by Car Township Tours

The guide will pick you up at your hotel in Swakopmund , to start a tour of the Mondesa district. During this visit, you will discover the daily life of the inhabitants and the influence of apartheid in this area of ​​the city. Mondesa was the exiled neighborhood where blacks were sidelined during apartheid , while whites and rich were concentrated in the city center. Although the system of racial segregation was abolished in 1991, it is still possible today to observe the traces of this dark part of history. You will stroll through the streets of Mondesa, discovering its culture. You will see the kindness of the people, who will not hesitate to welcome you and invite you to taste one of their craft beers or some of their typical dishes , such as mopane worms (grilled caterpillars). During the visit, you can enjoy other traditional dishes, so that your cultural immersion is complete.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$50.00
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