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Cape Mantis Shrimp


The Cape mantis shrimp (Pterygosquilla armata capensis) are the only members of the Order Stomatopoda found along the Namibian coastline. They are easily recognised by their huge predatoral second thoracic limbs, which bears a striking resemblance to those of praying mantids. Other features such as large and stalked eyes, a compressed abdomen equipped with powerful, paddle-looking swimming appendages and enormous rear uropods aid in their quest for food and survival.

Mantis shrimps live in rock crevices and burrows, defending their territories vigorously, along the Namibian coast from the Orange River mouth north to Luderitz, Sandwich Harbour, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Food includes shrimps, crabs, molluscs and fish. As they congregate in large swarms and are up to 200mm in size, their pale pink bodies and metallic eyes make them easy prey for Cape fur seals, hake and other fish.

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. This is a very popular accommodation choice - and rightly so.

Desert Breeze Lodge

Slightly outide town on the banks of the Swakop River and overlooking the dunes of the Namib Desert. Excellent for those wanting a desert setting near the convenience of town

Swakopmund Sands Hotel

Close to the main beach and Swakopmund aquarium, also boasts a heated swimming pool

Hotel Pension Rapmund

Very centrally located with a quaint German atmosphere.

Sea Side Hotel & Spa

A new hotel and spa complex situated north of town in the suburb of Mile 4

The Stiltz

Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.

Windhoek Car Hire