Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are Namibia’s two most important coastal towns yet they lie only a short distance apart. Walvis Bay was originally British controlled while Swakopmund was created as the centre of shipping for German West Africa. Both have their own character although we often tend to use Swakopmund more than Walvis.
Swakopmund is the larger and arguably more interesting of the two towns with a bit more going on definitely more places to eat and drink. This said, activities in the desert and along the surrounding coastline can be done from either town and for those that prefer to be away from the crowds then there are great options on the outskirts of Swakop and in the quieter Walvis area.
This whole area is definintely a must see on almost all of our trips to Namibia, there are some fantastic excursions in this area such as living desert tours, quad bike tours and scenic flights over the Skeleton coast, which officially starts at the mouth of the Swakup river. For the more adventurous there are kyak tours, sand dune boarding and even sky diving.