The Pearls Beach Pods

Nestled within the charming German-inspired coastal town of Swakopmund, The Pearls stand as a prime accommodation choice, ideally positioned for an enriching experience. This elegant establishment ensures guests have easy access to Swakopmund's renowned restaurants, attractions, and activities, allowing for a blend of relaxation and exploration. 

The Pearls offer two distinct units, both promising an all-encompassing, opulent stay. Guests enjoy the privilege of a personal concierge service, dedicated to securing reservations and organizing exciting activities to enhance their stay. The beachfront location provides direct access to the coast, and the property features a multitude of private entertainment options, including a Jacuzzi and a barbecue area, fostering a sense of comfort and leisure. 

Inside, you'll find a fully stocked private bar and a well-equipped kitchen complemented by a central dining area, creating an ideal space for gatherings and entertainment. The Pearls is more than just accommodation; it's a gateway to the best that Swakopmund has to offer. 

The Jetty


Ground Floor: Double Garage, remote controlled; fully equipped kitchen & bar; dining area; lounge area; guest toilet

First Floor: Three Bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms featuring walk-in showers; living room space; access to private balcony

Second Floor: Entertainment area; hot tub (cold & warm); movable gas BBQ; equipped kitchen & bar; private terrace with lounge chairs, sunbeds & patio umbrellas

The Mole


Ground Floor: Double Garage, remote controlled; fully equipped kitchen & bar; dining area; lounge area; guest toilet

First Floor: Two Bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms featuring walk-in showers; living room space; access to private balcony

Second Floor: Entertainment area; hot tub (cold & warm); movable gas BBQ; equipped kitchen & bar; private terrace with lounge chairs, sunbeds & patio umbrellas

Things to do in this region can be arranged through the hotel.

Swakopmund is more than just a quaint coastal town on the Skeleton Coast. It is the activity centre of Namibia. Explore the giant sand box of the Namib Desert, where the dunes meet the sea. There is more than enough to keep the whole family entertained.

Quad Bike (ATV) over the Dunes

One of the best ways to explore the limitless bounds of the world’s oldest desert is by quad bike, up and over the dunes, more dunes and beyond that, even more dunes. They’re not just any dunes though, they are some of the largest in the world and rightfully so, have names. Explore “Roller Coasters” and ‘Big Billy”. This is your chance to go further, deeper into the desert and to get to know them personally. Add adventure, sheer thrill and some incredible views and you can see why this is a popular choice. Less effort than climbing the dunes on foot, enjoy the exhilarating slopes as the 4x4 kicks in. This is a must adventure and one that tops the list with good reason.

Surf the Sand

Sand boarding is a popular activity on the dunes. It’s a great climb to the top, well worth the ride back down again. Enjoy the wind in your hair and some sand too. It’s all a part of it. You can lie down or stand up, either way it’s exhilarating and loads of fun. This is the ultimate to explore the dunes, starting on Little Nellie move on to Birgit Run and end with a fast ride down Lizzie. Catch some speed as you reach up to 60km per hour. Lizzie may well become your new best friend or if you are really in it for some speed, meet Dizzy. With a little extra polish, you’ll cap 80km per hour easy. What a way to spend the morning in the desert. Let’s go.

Discover the Dunes:  Where They Meet the Sea

Inside the Namib Naukluft National Park, roughly 60km from Walvis Bay, you’ll find Sandwich Harbour. Don’t be misled, although a harbour, you won’t be exploring it by boat. Your trip to get there (tide dependent), will take you along the beach where the dunes quite literally meet the ocean. Explore it by 4x4, with dunes to your left and the waves to your right.

A chance to see the Walvis Bay Lagoon and the flamboyance of flamingoes, then the salt pans before heading into the desert and along the coast. Up and over some dunes and then there it is: Sandwich Harbour. One of Southern Africa’s most unique wetlands in one of the most unique locations.  

It’s phenomenal and, in our opinion, one of the very best ways to get a real ‘Skeleton Coast’ experience. If you want to know which activity is a ‘must’, this is it.
Astonishing views from atop some of the largest sand dunes. Peer below, the rolling waves. It’s surreal. Add a picnic along the way and it’s hard to beat. No amount of words will do this one justice.

Explore the Living Desert

The desert, despite being arid and dry, and for the most part heaps and heaps of sand, is actually alive. Explore the life that survives in this harsh environment. The little creatures and critters are specially adapted and it’s fascinating. Watch a desert chameleon zap its meal almost quicker than the eye can see, side winding snakes move with ease across the hot desert sands, learn why the endemic Palmato Gecko is see-through. There’s so much more, but we won’t give it away. The wonder is seeing it up close. Understand how the dunes are formed and why the geology of this ecosystem is so unique. This is an educational scenic drive that will allow you to see the desert in a whole new light.

Walk the Desert at Night

While the world sleeps, a whole world is alive in the dunes. Under a starry sky, you’d be surprised at the wonder of the desert. Take a walk in Swakopmund’s backyard. The sand dunes come alive under UV light. It’s all about the specialised desert-adapted geckos, spiders, gerbils and scorpions. Explore the Namib’s gravel plains and watch as the theatre of the night comes to life.

Old Plants in the World’s Oldest Desert

A surreal experience that will leave you thinking you may well be on another planet. Aptly named, the Moon Landscape is an area of endless eroded hills and valleys forged by the Swakop River over eons. Amidst it all, you will find the famous Welwitschia Mirabilis. These are the seriously old plants we are talking about and they are old, about 2000 years old to be exact. The Namib Desert is not called the world’s oldest desert for no reason. These plants have survived this harsh environment in the sweltering desert sands for an impressive period of time. A hundred years would have been a feat. Heck, if you’ve been in the desert during the heat of the day, you’d have been amazed by a figure of ten years or even one and yet these plants have been around longer than most things. In one of the most inhospitable places on earth. I think you can see where we’re going with this and why you’d go venture out to see them. They are as phenomenal to see in real life as their name is a mouthful and the views along the way are well worthy too.

Trail the Desert on Horseback

Anyone that enjoys horse riding will fall in love with riding in the desert and dry riverbed. It’s quiet and peaceful and the scenery is spectacular. Explore the dunes, rocky plains and mountain vistas just outside of the town of Swakopmund. Take it slow, meander the trail or catch the desert breeze as you go for a gallop. This is one for the soul.

Ride a Camel on the Coast

When you think of the desert, it’s not hard to picture a caravan of camels strolling along under the hot sun. Now picture yourself riding one in the dunes of Swakopmund. To your left endless heaps of sand and to your right in the distance, through the dry riverbed, the ocean.  It’s not a long activity but you will get a feel of the dunes and the desert. A new perspective as you ‘hump’ along. Riding a camel anywhere else but the desert, just doesn’t fit. So when in the desert.

Dune Bikes

One of the most ecological ways to explore the dunes without doing it on foot, is to bike it. Why not take in the wonder of the desert, while getting a bit of a sweat going? It’s a different way to get active and out into nature to explore the rolling dunes in total silence. Sand and a bicycle? Yes you can, these fat bikes are the 4x4 version. Enjoy the sensation of cycling up and down the endless dunes. This scenic tour will take you on a circuit of about 14km. If you’re up for the cycle. This one is for you. Something for the fit and energetic folk. Feel the burn. For those who may need a little help along the way and prefer a little less burn, opt for an E-bike. The effort is worth the thrill.

If the thought of cycling in thick sand is not for you, but you’d like to bike, then a tour of town by bicycle seems a fitting alternative. A way to see the ins and outs of Swakopmund. Explore the streets and take a trip down memory lane – all of Swakopmund’s historic monuments, buildings and landmarks.

Scooter Your Way around Swakop

Take a tour of town without having to pedal. It’s the ideal way to explore Swakopmund by zipping through the streets. Rent a scooter and off you go. Park anywhere. Sightsee.

Cruise the Bay

One of the most popular activities is to cruise the bay on a catamaran. Usually done in the mornings when there is less wind for smooth sailing. Check out the seal colonies at Pelican Point. Meet some of the seals on board. A chance to see dolphins and possibly even whales. Hello Mr. Pelican. You can meet him too. It’s a chance to explore the marine side of things. En route back to harbor, enjoy the sparkling wine and fresh oysters. It’s a fine day out at sea.

Paddle at Pelican Point

At the tip of the Pelican Point peninsula, you’ll find the seal colonies and one of the better ways to explore it all is from the water, just off shore in a kayak. The drive to get there takes you along the coastline to Pelican Point. Then suit up and get onto the water. Let the spirited seals play around your oar as you paddle along for about an hour. Back on shore, there’s something warm to drink before you head to Walvis Bay again. It’s not strenuous exercise as much as it is simply enjoying the scenery and the seals, possibly also dolphins, but it gets you out onto the ocean amidst the action.

Catch a ‘Big One’

We’re not referring to a wave here, although you can do that too. Get a whole new angle of the coastline that makes up the Namib Desert. We’re talking here about angling. Namibia is renowned for its fishing and good fishing at that. It’s a past time for many locals and a great way to explore this unique stretch of the Skeleton Coast. From the shore, try your hand at reeling in kabeljou, black tail, steenbras or galjoen and then have a seafood braai right there on the beach. Nothing beats the ‘catch of the day’ straight from the waves, onto the fire. Shark fishing makes for the ultimate experience. You could even land ‘a big one’ weighing up to 180kg. The adrenaline lies in reeling it in. Catch and release of course. If you prefer to angle boat side, head out into the waters and dangle your line. There are plenty of fish in this ocean.

The fish you cannot catch is always a big one (Chinese Proverb). In Namibia, we tend to disagree or maybe the one that hasn’t been caught is even bigger.

The Sky’s the Limit

From up there, views are limitless. If you’ve ever wanted proof that the world is indeed round, here’s your chance. You can see so far, you might actually see the earths curved edge on the very distant horizon. The never-ending sand dunes of the Namib Desert look like silk in the sun, flowing from the aircrafts shadow beneath you to where they disappear into the ocean. A different perspective certainly gets you to see that ‘Namib’ doesn’t mean vast for nothing. From Swakopmund you can take various different charter flights over the Skeleton Coast. This is the perfect spot from which to explore it all from above, as the flight will take you full circle. Inland over the wide open spaces, head over the dunes to fly over Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei and then make your way over more dunes to where they meet the sea. Over the old diamond mines, shipwrecks and Langewand back to the coastal town. Go south or to the north, either way the country is spectacular. Seeing is believing on this one.

Fall from the sky

With a parachute of course and strapped to a professional. Take to the skies, free fall and then soar to the ground. Talk about ‘coming down to earth’. This adrenaline, tandem skydive adventure is a must for the epinephrine enthusiasts. On your way up - you’ll get an aerial view over Swakopmund and the desert. On your way down - sheer exhilaration and some views, if you aren’t afraid of heights. Mind you, if you are, you probably won’t want to take on this feat in the first place. Never mind if this is not your thing, there are plenty other adrenaline activities that don’t require a launch point of 5,000ft plus in the clouds.

If this has been an activity you’ve always wanted to do, take our word for it, there are few places in the world that beat skydiving over the Namibian desert.

Glide over the Dunes

Soaring above. Sand below. Paragliding is a unique activity for those who want to spend time in the dunes, climb to the top and then let the winds take you gliding. Hover and float your way down. A great option for those who aren’t in on the adrenaline of sandboarding and the heights of skydiving. It’s a great way to get active. Enjoy the peace of the desert, the views and that feeling of being weightless with the warm desert sand beneath you and the cool coastal winds in your hair.

Day Tour of Swakopmund (and surrounds…)

Discover the quaint coastal town of Swakopmund on this private guided excursion that will keep you busy all day. There’s loads to do and see and there’s time enough for it all including lunch overlooking the sea and a slice of cake with coffee in the desert. Learn about the rich history and architecture of Swakopmund before heading along the coast. Visit Walvis Bay to explore the wetlands, the salt pans and the harbour. Climb a dune near Dune 7 to take in the endless views and then you’re heading into the desert to see the astonishing Moonlandscape. Then it’s tea time at a desert oasis before returning back to Swakopmund again.

Balloon on the Coast

If you thinking to include a hot air balloon safari, little will beat doing this in the Sossusvlei area, but if you aren’t visiting that area or your itinerary doesn’t allow it, then taking to the skies in a hot air balloon on the coast is equally unique. On a clear day, you could even see the Brandberg Mountain in the distance. Yip’ it’s that big and you’re up that high. It’s amazing plus it’s a slightly cheaper alternative to the offering in the desert. Now that’s one way to watch the sun come up over the ocean.


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