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Swakopmund (German for "Mouth of the Swakop") is a city on the coast of western Namibia, 280 km (170 mi) west of Windhoek, Namibia's capital. It is the capital of the Erongo administrative district. The town has 44,725 inhabitants and covers 193 square kilometres (75 sq mi) of land. The city is situated in the Namib Desert and is the fourth largest population centre in Namibia. Swakopmund 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. Buildings in the city include the Altes Gefängnis prison, designed by Heinrich Bause in 1909. The Woermannhaus, built in 1906 with a prominent tower, is now a public library. Attractions in Swakopmund include a Swakopmund Museum, the National Marine Aquarium, a crystal gallery and spectacular sand dunes near Langstrand south of the Swakop River. Outside of the city, the Rossmund Desert Golf Course is one of only five all-grass desert golf courses in the world. Nearby lies a camel farm and the Martin Luther steam locomotive, dating from 1896 and abandoned in the desert. Swakopmund lies on the B2 road and the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Walvis Bay. It is served by Swakopmund Airport and Swakopmund Railway Station.


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  • Namib Desert Tour from Swakopmund
    Namib Desert Tour from Swakopmund2 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Often called the Welwitschia tour, this enlightening journey takes you through the ancient canyons of the Moon Valley, one of...

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  • Living Dunes Experience from Swakopmund
    Living Dunes Experience from Swakopmund

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    This living desert tour is a extraordinary exploration of the coastal dune belt just outside Swakopmund. To the untrained eye...

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  • Save 8% Moon Land Vally and Welwitschia Plains Namib Desert Swakopmund
    Moon Land Vally and Welwitschia Plains Namib Desert SwakopmundNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    East from Swakopmund we finds one of the oldest plant species in the world. The Welwitschia Mirabilis which can grew to beTho...

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  • Save 9% Swakopmund Cultural and Theme Tours
    Swakopmund Cultural and Theme ToursNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Nande J. Explorer Tours Township Cultural Experience Tour in Mondesa ,Swakopmund    Explore different cultures and ...

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Facts and Stats for Swakopmund*

  • Pollution Statistics in Swakopmund

    Know the pollution level of Swakopmund before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 100 (Very High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
  • Swakopmund: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Swakopmund for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Swakopmund.

    • Burglary and Theft 75 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 66.67 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 100 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 33.33 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 66.67 (High)
    • Attacks 50 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 66.67 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 66.67 (High)
  • Living in Swakopmund - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 31.77 (Low)
    • Climate Index 97.66 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 27.59 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 60 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Swakopmund

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Swakopmund

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.67 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.23 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 86.18 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 66.97 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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