Namibia’s Diamond Coast is the stuff of legends – home to ghost towns and living fossils as well as an extensive array of natural attractions and wildlife. The Diamond Coast stretches along the country’s coastline and is bordered by the desolate Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, and the South Atlantic Ocean.
Swakopmund is the main town in this region and is well known as the ‘adrenaline capital’ of the country and there is something on offer for everyone! For those looking for adventure, quad biking in the dunes or dune carting is a popular option as is sand boarding and for an aerial view of this stark landscape, there is the option of a hot air balloon ride. The town itself is very pretty with cafes situated alongside the white sand beaches, art galleries, interesting shops and even an aquarium.
A favoured holiday spot for Namibian locals, anglers will be in their element here, either just relaxing on the beach with fishing rod in hand or out in deeper waters for a big game fishing excursion. Golfers can try their hand on the desert golf course or for something completely different sign up for dune diving. A great family destination, the Diamond Coast promises an unforgettable stay.
Highlights during a trip to the Diamond Coast include:
- The giant Welwitschia mirabilis trees or as they are commonly known – the living fossils
- Visiting the ghost town of Kolmanskop
- Sighting the flocks of thousands of pink flamingos rising or descending to the lagoons
- Riding camels in the Namib Desert
Diamond Coast Accommodation
Swakopmund Hotel & Country Club
Boasting some of the best-preserved German art-deco architecture in the world, the 4-star Swakopmund Hotel & Country Club is a great luxury base from which to explore the region. With upmarket and extremely comfortable rooms, two fantastic restaurants and the nearby ‘desert’ golf course, this hotel is a good choice for discerning travellers looking for unique experiences, including camel rides through the desert and starlit desert picnics
Swakopmund Guest House
Situated in the heart of Swakopmund and within walking distance of the beach, this luxury guesthouse promises an elegant stay with fabulous breakfasts, modern natural-coloured decor and personalised service. Swakopmund Guest House is a great choice for upmarket travellers wanting to explore the region and the rooms are comfortable with luxury amenities and facilities. This is a great choice for families.