National Aquarium

About the Swakopmund Aquarium

Namibia’s only aquarium is located close to the Atlantic Coast in the holiday town of Swakopmund. This small coastal showcase might not be the largest aquarium you’ve ever seen, but it’s filled with insights into the natural life of the icy Benguela current raging just a few steps away.


Over a million people have discovered this treasure trove of marine fascinations since its inception in 1995. Dr Sam Nujoma cut the ribbon at a prestigious event celebrating the opening of this venue that showcases this inconspicuous aspect of Namibia’s wildlife.

The aquarium underwent an extensive refurbishment between 2010 and 2012.


Aquariums play a vital role in conservation by physically preserving fragile species, producing aquatic research, and educating people about marine life.  The sea creatures are kept in their natural surroundings secluded from the dangers of life in their normal environment and safe from marine pollution.

By illustrating the beauty of the underwater world, aquariums help create awareness surrounding ocean conservation and respect for life underwater.

Visiting the National Aquarium in Swakopmund

A trip to the Swakopmund aquarium is an informative and delightful occasion for visitors of all ages, particularly children.

You can pop in any time between 10am and 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. The facility is closed on Mondays Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

At 3pm on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, you can witness the divers feeding the fish.

The aquarium houses a good variety of species including octopi, hermit crabs, white pelicans, anemones, mako sharks, Cape rock lobsters, hawksbill turtles, rays, and many types of local fish.

Seawater for the aquarium comes from a site near the old jetty and passes through numerous filters before reaching the exhibition tanks. The main tank is 12m long by 8m wide and holds 320 000 liters.

During your visit, don’t miss the chance to meander through the underwater walkway for unique insights into marine biology and browse the many informative brochures and posters on display around the aquarium.

Getting There

It’s easy to find the Swakopmund aquarium in its oceanside location on the town’s southern beachfront. You can take Rhode Allee from Nathaniel Maxuilili Road (B2) and turn left when you get to the T-Junction.

The aquarium is just 450m from The Tug restaurant on Strand Street.

Expect the Unexpected on Your Trip to Namibia

The Swakopmund Aquarium offers one-of-a-kind insights into the Benguela current, making it the perfect complement to Namibian ocean faring adventures like dolphin, seal, and whale watching tours.

Be sure to add this to your list of adventures planned during your trip to Swakopmund, Namibia. Browse our blog for more ideas and start planning your getaway today.

Please Note: The details shared herein were correct at the time of publishing. However, with time some of this information may change. We recommend confirming information with suppliers prior to making final travel arrangements. If you do happen to find an issue with any information we’ve shared here, please feel free to contact us so that we can make the relevant changes.


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