The stiltz

The Stiltz has the only accommodation in Swakopmund, that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, the Swakop river-bed, the sand dunes and the bird-rich lagoon of the river mouth. As it's name suggests, each private bungalow is built on stilts, and they are interlinked by wooden walkways, as well as to and from the main dining bungalow. It is hard to believe that with such a unique setting, it is actually in the town.

This popular bed and breakfast establishment, is only a brisk 15 minute walk from the town centre, and is a very convenient base to explore Swakopmund town centre, with it's plentiful selection of restaurant's, bar's and amenities. The Stiltz recommends The Tug and the Die Kelder, for an evening of outstanding food and wine.

There is a breakfast room with a small lounge, for those guests not 'out on the town' or enjoying many of the activities in and around the area. The couch is made of blue-gum wood, collected in the Swakop River. It faces a large window with a panoramic view of the sea and riverine environment. They are welcome to use the telephone and Internet facility in the main office, once they've finished gawping out of the window. There is also a laundry service.

Accommodation is in either bungalows or luxury villas. Each unit is stylishly decorated and furnished and the interiors have been colourfully and artistically designed. The bathrooms have rosewood door frames, terracotta floor tiles and walls of coloured steel sheeting.

Bungalows: 8 bungalows in either a twin or double configuration with 1 Honeymoon Suite. They all sleep 2 persons. En-suite bathrooms and shower, mini-bar, tea/coffee station, a small in-room safe, heaters and electric blankets are standard. Every bungalow has a balcony with ocean, dune or lagoon views. Seating is in director 'fold-up' chairs, crafted especially for The Stiltz. Wi-fi internet is available throughout.

Family Unit: The Family Unit is a bungalow which is ideal for 2 to 4 persons. The facilities and views are similar to the Bungalows.

Villas: There are 2 luxury villas which can accommodate up to 6 guests per villa. Both are spaciously spread over 2 levels with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in each. The massive picture window upstairs frames spectacular sea views from the comfort of the Emperor-sized bed. Views and facilities are similar to the bungalows.

For safety reasons, most of the accommodation of this lodge is not suitable for children under 12. However, children are allowed to stay in the family bungalow or the The Villa.

Swakopmund vehicle rental can also be arranged.

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Ballooning in Swakopmund: A hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert.

Bird Watching Day Trips: Full & half day trips from Swakopmund to various birding hotspots in the Namib Desert.

Cape Cross Tour: A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross.

Cape Cross & Messum Crater Tour: Visits the seal colony at Cape Cross and the Messum Crater which is best known for it's desert adapted plants such as the Welwitschia Mirabilis.

Fishing: Everything from sharks to pilchards.

Living Desert Tour: A half day tour into the Namib Desert.

Namib Desert Day Trip: A day trip from Swakopmund into the Namib Desert.

Namib Desert Night Walks: Explore the Namib Desert at night on foot - a great way to learn about the nocturnal creatures which inhabit this part of Namibia.

Quad-Biking: 2 hour guided trip into the dune belt near Swakopmund (50km) - you enter an area where you cannot get to by car or foot. No experience necessary.

Sandboarding: Skitter down the slip faces of a tall star dune near Swakopmund at 80km/h on a lie-down board, or enjoy the style and grace of a stand-up board. No experience necessary.

Sandwich Harbour Tour: A day trip from Swakopmund down the Skeleton Coast to Sandwich Harbour.

Skydiving: Leave the safety of the aircraft and join a tandem skydive. No experience required!

Spitzkoppe Day Tour: Full day tour to the Spitzkoppe Mountains - you will meet the Damara people and be introduced to the Bushman rock art of the area.

Swakopmund Sightseeing: This tour is an exploration into the past, present & future of the town of Swakopmund.

Catamaran Cruise: View the lagoon from the comfort of a catamaran.

Dolphin Cruise: A dolphin cruise around the Walvis Bay Lagoon.

Historian Quad-Bike Edu-Desert Tour: Quad-biking in the coastal dunes with a difference. These tours concentrate on the fauna, flora & people who inhabit the dune belt, excellent guiding and stunning scenery make this an experience not to be missed.

Kayaking & Sandwich Harbour Combo: An eventful day trip combining kayaking on the lagoon with a 4x4 trip through the Namib Desert dunes ending in Sandwich Harbour.

Marine & Dune Day Trip: A morning of cruising on the Walvis Bay lagoon is followed by the spectacular and thrilling drive to the natural harbour & splendid birdlife of Sandwich Harbour.

Sea Kayaking: Kayaking on the Walvis Bay Lagoon.

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Kuenzle, Peter

31 Aug 2011

We received a Villa - a very comfortable place to stay. Do not try to use the oven, you end up in a smoked place.

Runnedahl, Marie

24 Oct 2012

We got a whole house to ourself! With an interior design to die for... Pity about the Swakopmund weather though...

Harvey, Sinead

4 May 2017

Wonderful place and great staff, especially Jonny the security guard! Amazingly comfortable rooms and good location.

Lam, Fong

4 Jun 2010

Lovely location so near to the centre of Swakopmund. Very friendly staff and the staff at reception were very helpful

Mitchener, Nick

9 Sep 2009

One place we would want to go back to, Swakopmund has lots we could have found to do and the Stiltz is really something.

Hallam, David

31 Aug 2015

Helpful and courteous staff who were happy to recommend and book restaurants for us. Good location and warm room in a very cold environment


6 Jan 2015

Another interesting place to stay and good value. Not as polished as the lodges but comfortable and really well placed for exploring the town.

Lavizzari, Guido

7 Jul 2013

Very good stay, room are large and not so cold as I expected. Staff very cooperative to solve a small problem we faced with the car. Wi fi is free

Lewis, Barry

17 Jan 2013

We were upgraded to a villa and it was fantastic! Nice walking distance to the tourist area. We had a wonderful view over the estuary and flamingos.

Jones, Frederick

10 Sep 2009

Amazing setting, nice staff, great breakfasts, interesting town. Plumbing (especially shower drains) needs to be opened up, but would definitely return.

Galvao, Anderson

23 Jan 2012

Also, a very nice stay and we got very pleased and surprise with all the option we have in Swakapomund. And Stiltz is certainly part of this pleasant surprise.


1 Apr 2015

Great Manager, Margaret. Very nice accommodation, well positioned and comfortable, with a good breakfast. Lighting in the rooms could have been slightly brighter.

Barnes, Graeme

20 Nov 2011

Very nice welcome. Nice room. Great breakfast. Globally a great stay but Swakopmund was not what we were looking for in Namibia and it was basically just a stopover.

Wheeler, Rebekah

1 Jun 2014

Definitely starting to be somewhat run-down, and now located next to a major outdoor bar and a camping area, which means it is very loud at night and not secluded anymore.

Goad, Jon

25 Aug 2011

 The staff here are lovely, friendly and go out of their way to be helpful. The rooms are just beautiful, great place to stay, worth visiting Swakopmund just to stay here!

Maschwitz, Renate

26 Jun 2017

situated in walking distance from center of the city the Stiltz is highly recommendable; spacious bungalows outlooking the sea; very friendly and helpful staff; nice breakfast

Duffield, Deborah

12 Jul 2011

WOW!!! The accomodation was truly unique. We were lucky enough to receive an upgrade when we arrived. The staff bent over backwards to make our stay an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Suleau, Marcel

25 Apr 2015

The nicest chalet we got during the stay. Having a restaurant booked in advance in the evening is a must because it was very difficult to get a booking when arriving late, without advice at reception

Perret, Florence

4 Jan 2012

villa volume was nice, but needs some renovation in certain rooms. Decoration was too eclectic: we felt more in Germany than Africa. very touristic feeling: head staff helpful, but staff seems to be fed up with tourists

Schler, Lynn

29 Dec 2013

We found the hotel to be totally adequate, but the rooms are a bit dark and musty. There was a bad smell of sewage in some areas, particularly near rooms 7 and 8. There was also a problem with the wifi one evening. But the staff were very nice and the breakfast was very good.


19 Sep 2014

I really liked The Stiltz accommodation, and would recommend it. But Swakop was SO COLD! We did not make reservations for dinner early enough and ended up eating at a not very good restaurant (the Lighthouse) (at least not very good that night!). I`m not sure I would return to Swakop.


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