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How to Spend 3 Days in Swakopmund

How to Spend 3 Days in Swakopmund

With its desert surroundings, modern amenities, and oceanfront, it’s no wonder Swakopmund remains one of Namibia’s most popular travel destinations. From food tours to night walks, sandboarding to wildlife watching, here are our top tips for optimizing three days in the city.

Day 1: City Sightseeing

Familiarize yourself with Swakopmund, taking advantage of guided tours that include suburbs such as Mondesa and the Democratic Resettlement Community for a comprehensive overview of life in the city. Don’t miss attractions like Swakopmund Museum and the Woermannhaus, which reveal Swakopmund’s colonial heritage. For alternative insight into the city’s modern culture, a food tour is a tasty option. Later, unwind with dinner and drinks in a beachside restaurant, savoring sweeping views of the Atlantic as dusk falls.

Day 2: Namibian Nature

Namibia is known for its striking scenery, and Swakopmund’s natural surroundings are no exception. Dedicate your second day to exploring the country’s coastal desert. From fishing on the Atlantic to wildlife watching in dunes, round-trip tour options are plentiful. Night walks can also be arranged, so you can continue sightseeing well into the evening. Once back in town, the city center’s lively bar scene provides lots of opportunities to meet fellow travelers and locals over a relaxing digestif.

Day 3: Adrenaline-Inducing Adventures

Now that you’re familiar with the city’s natural and cultural heritage, it’s time for one of Swakopmund’s biggest draws—extreme sports in the desert. The landscape is ideal for sandboarding, all-terrain vehicle rides, and cycling, and packages typically include pickup and drop-off. Access hidden parts of the desert, absorb the views from dune summits, then enjoy the thrill of cruising down sandy ravines. After an exciting day, spend your last night in an out-of-town lodge for an immersive nature experience with hotel comforts, or transfer directly to Windhoek or Walvis Bay to catch your departure flight with ease.

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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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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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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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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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US$51.29

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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