Things to do
At the Hotel
By now you must know that BON Hotel Swakopmund is located within The Dome, a multi-functional, innovative indoor sports and conference centre. But this is not only reserved for fitness fundis: trust me, this is a great place to relax, unwind, detox and invigorate the soul! And best of all, you are in the heart of Swakop, with the Namibian coastline at your disposal. So if it’s exploring and adventure you are after, Swakop certainly won’t disappoint.
- Retail therapy or a hairdo
Feel like a bit of shopping or in need of getting a new hairdo? The hotel’s lower levels house various retail outlets - of the many businesses located there, guests can make a hair appointment, book a trip, stock up on supplements and grab a bite.
Meet your friends for pre-dinner drinks at the Sports Bar & Whiskey Lounge, followed by a meal at At The Dome Restaurant. Tap on the window of West Coast FM – you may even get a mention!
- Health and wellness centre
Whether you are in the mood for a swimming a mile, a vigorous workout or simply in need of a bit of TLC, the Health & Wellness centre is home to a state-of-the-art gymnasium, an indoor swimming-pool, a psychologist and a physiotherapist.
Indoor swimmimng pool
Take a swim in our beautiful indoor, heated, 25m pool located on Level Two. The pool has a computerized self-maintenance system, with wheelchair access and is also used for rehabilitation and special training for top athletes. Water aerobics classes are held at various times during the day.
For guests focused on fitness, we have a state-of-the-art gymnasium complete with specialised strength training equipment including - a first in Africa - a Mallia circuit with biometric readers and Tendo strength circuit, TRX and Kettle Bell training and an extensive cardio section.
Phew! And if that all sounds like too much, we have a fantastic studio for group classes including pilates, yoga, spinning, body conditioning and Zumba.
And to top it all off there is also a private women’s area with hydraulic equipment and soft seating, and separate men’s and ladies’ saunas. Bliss!
A change is as good as a holiday and there’s nothing like a new hairdo or a slick cut and blow to get that #Goodfeeling going. Pure Bliss Hair Salon is located on the lower level of The Dome.
You’ll probably feel like extending your stay and enjoying Swakopmund for a few more days. Rennies Travel is also on the lower level and will assist with any accommodation bookings, travel advice or flight queries.
GET OUT AND ENJOY YOURSELF
Swakopmund is Namibia’s main seaside resort that appears like a beautiful, welcoming oasis. One thing you will not find yourself is bored! With a village packed with restaurants, coffee shops, antiques and shops and a heap of outdoor activities, the charm of this beautiful town will leave you coming back for more. Don’t be surprised if Swakop creeps into your heart, like no other place.
- The Ocean
Swakopmund is Namibia’s most popular holiday destination. Why? Well, Swakop is essentially a beach resort, surrounded by the Namib Desert on three sides; a beautiful destination with plenty to do.
Attractions like surfing, kite surfing, fishing and adventure sports are on offer at every turn. If you are a keen angler, you’d be happy to know that you can take your 4x4 straight to the beach and choose your spot for the day. So throw in the rods, bait and the whole FAMDAMILY for a day on the beach. The best fishing spots are on the road to Walvis Bay and also en-route to Henties Bay up north. Or better yet, just ask a local where the fish are biting and they’ll be sure to tell you where, what bait to use and at what time of the day too. Remember to take out an angling permit from the Ministry of Fishing and Marine resources (Fisheries research and information centre) Tel: +264(0)410 1000.
Enjoy a day at the beach where wide–open,clean white sands await you. Or spend the day at the well-known Mole Basin with its protected beach area. There is also a kiddies’ swimming-pool and playground and two restaurants. The kids will have heaps of fun at the Mole.
Surfers and kite surfers will be happy to know that Swakopmund has not left you out. To be honest, Walvis Bay is probably one of the best spots for the pro’s kite surfing and surfing in Swakop is known to be legendary! So if you are into braving the wind and the waves you won’t be disappointed. Give the guys at Element Riders a shout – they’d be happy to help from lessons to kit!
Looking for something a little less strenuous? How about a dolphin and seal sight-seeing trip to Pelican Point? Ocean Adventures will even throw in some champagne and oysters.
- The Sand
Adrenaline junkies flock to Swakopmund, simply because there is so much adventure waiting. If you are not surfing the waves another popular rush is surfing the dunes. Sandboarding, quad biking, paintballing, you name it… who thought you would even want to play in the sand?
- The Sky
Ahhh, you have to take a scenic flight to take in the view of the contrasting Namib Desert and Atlantic Ocean. Or, tick off your bucket list and Skydive Swakop. Seeing the large swells of the cold southern Atlantic Ocean crashing into the delicate-looking dunes of the world’s oldest desert is compelling from wherever you are standing. Seeing it while falling towards earth at 220km/h is mind-blowing.
- Eating out and of course, the beer
Swakop is steeped in German history as it became the main port for imports and exports between Germany and South-West Africa. The connection with Germany has remained strong, and you will be spoilt with some of the best German cuisine this side of Munchen and of course, where there’s Bratwurst, there’s BEER. Namibia is a hot country (what, you didn’t notice?), so there is always a supply of cold lager.
OUR PICK OF RESTAURANTS IN THE AREA
- At The Dome Restaurant, of course!
- Kucki’s Pub – well-known for their fabulous pub; great Seafood, and steak too!
- The Tug Restaurant – lovely for balmy weather as there’s a deck overlooking the ocean. Superb seafood!
- Jetty 1905 – just go for the amazing setting on the pier – fantastic sushi!
- Garnish – for great Indian (and vegetarian).
- Swakopmund Brewery at The Strand Hotel – for the beer and the atmosphere. Specialising in Namibian, German and other meat dishes and featuring its own “craft” beer and on site Micro-brewery.
- Ocean Cellar – also at The Strand Hotel. Fresh oysters and delicious seafood.
- The Deli – Strand Hotel – sea-facing terrace that’s great for breakfast or coffee and cake.
SWAKOPMUND ANNUAL EVENTS
Walvis to Swakop sailing regatta
Kuste Karneval - held in Swakopmund. Revellers parade through the streets, whilst there are also plenty of parties to enjoy, as well as activities for younger locals and visitors
Oktoberfest - an event that is definitely not just for the locals. Whilst it doesn't exactly match up to the Munich version, Namibia's Oktoberfest is still an international event, attended by people from all over the world
Swakopmunder Musikwoche - kicking off with a Lecturer Concert, followed by an outdoor Promenade Concert and Church Concert
- New Year’s Day 1 January
- Independence Day 21 March
- Easter date varies every year
- Labour Day 1 May
- Cassinga Day 4 May
- Ascension Day 17 May
- Africa Day 25 May
- Heroes’ Day 26 August
- International Human Rights Day 10 December
- Christmas Day 25 December
- Family/Goodwill Day 26 December