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Coworking & Coliving by the surf in Swakopmund, Namibia at Salty Jackal Backpackers & Surf Camp

Coworking & Coliving by the surf in Swakopmund, Namibia

Uncrowded waves & high-quality surf breaks • Communal sign-up dinners and BBQs • 25 Mbps fiber optic wifi • Walking distance to coworking space • Fully equipped kitchen • Table tennis, mini gym & slackline • Board games & book exchange • Surf lessons and guiding available • Walking distance to surf for all levels

4.6 from 128 reviews
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Surfing | Sustainable Living | Extraordinary Food is what we're about. It's what we love and live for. Life at Salty Jackal follows the wind, waves and tides and we love to share our local knowledge and love for Namibia with our guests.
Oliver & Iris - your local host at Salty Jackal Backpackers & Surf Camp

Coliving with us in Swakopmund

coliving in Swakopmund
Swakopmund waves
In between the sand dunes of the Namib desert and the waves of the Atlantic ocean, you find the relaxed town Swakopmund, the home to Salty Jackal. If you're into uncrowded waves, sustainable living and amazing food, this is your place to get some remote work done.

Here you'll find a home away from home, a place to meet like-minded travelers, surfers, and remote workers. When you close your laptop for the day you will join the pace of the ocean and the desert, following the wind the waves, and the tide.

Join us in our cozy 5 bedroom house in the town center, a short walk from the beach and the surf.
coliving community
surf safari
4 wheel drive surf trip
yoga in the dessert
skeleton bay sign

Our remote working community

Travelers, remote workers, beginner surfers who are just starting to feel the stoke, to advanced surfers eagerly awaiting the perfect swell to charge the barrels of Skeleton Bay. At Salty Jackal we usually have a great crew of people around, calling Salty Jackal their home away from home.

Besides the classic cowork surf after-work group surf sessions, there is a bunch of stuff to do when you're not busy with work. Why not break up the workday with some table tennis, slackline climbing, or maybe a workout in the mini gym. When you're done, there are a few hammocks waiting for you.

If you're into even more adrenaline than you get from surfing, why not try skydiving over the world's oldest desert, or sand-boarding & quad-biking?

Once it's dinner time, since we are big foodies, delicious dinner nights and BBQs around the fire will be there for you to join.
beach buggy in the dunes
community vibes in the dessert
coworksurf community
remote workers in the dessert


If you're interested in yoga, we highly recommend our Vinyasa power yoga in the desert. 5 minutes walk into the Swakop river bed, and you will feel the energy of the desert. Here Lena, our qualified yoga instructor from Germany will treat you to a far from the ordinary yoga lesson.

Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf

Extraordinary food

Cooking good food & "cooking good surf" is our motto. Sign-up dinners are meant for you to enjoy our homegrown and homemade food, directly from the veggie and herbs garden.
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf

Our Coworking Space

At Salty Jackal we're providing desks on request in the private rooms for our remote workers. If you instead want to get your work done in a communal setting, you are of course welcome to set up your laptop for the day in any of the communal spaces in the house. But if you're looking for a professional work vibe type of setting, we highly recommend Desert & Ocean coworking space in Swakopmund.

Located just 20 min on foot from SJ, Desert & Ocean coworking space offers all the office amenities you need: kitchen, bathrooms, showers, offstreet parking, access to the space after hours or on weekends. Most importantly, fiber optic wifi!

Chilling area
Coworking space
Private office

The Surf near Swakopmund, Namibia

Jackals around the car, catching barrels in front of the mesmerizing vast desert, surrounded by seals and dolphins in the water. Namibia is not your typical surf destination. And unlike some other Coworksurf destinations, Swakopmund is actually not a tropical surf paradise, but it does offer highly consistent all-year-round, high-quality uncrowded waves.

If you're a beginner surfer, we offer lessons with Isa-qualified surf instructors. The beautiful empty beaches around Swakopmund are perfect for learning how to surf. If needed we also have a wide variety of boards available for rent.

If you on the other hand are intermediate or even advanced, there are loads of pumping waves around. And besides this, we also offer strike missions to Skeleton Bay and the longest barreling wave ever known.

Sceleton bay
surfing in Swakopmund
surf class
surfers on beach
digital nomad surfer


Surfing with seals and camping with jackals. Joining our surfari, we'll take you on an adventurous trip to the Skeleton Coast to explore the untamed nature and more uncrowded waves. While in Swakopmund you'll work, surf or become a yogi, on weekends you'll be able to join more safaris to beautiful nature and national parks, we organize it all for you.
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf
Coliving and Coworking by the Surf

Meet Olli - our surf instructor

Surf lessons, surf guiding or strike missions to Skeleton Bay, he'll take you anywhere surfing on the Skeleton Coast. ISA qualified,12 years of experience surfing waves around the world, he knows the best spots of Namibia and will take there!

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Brianán Kiernan

Highly recommend staying at the Salty Jackal! The team is awesome. I went out with Oliver for surf guiding - a once in a lifetime experience surfing in the desert. The lodging was comfortable. Everyone was very friendly and hospitable. Would stay there again!

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Tobias Petersen

My stay at Salty Jackal lasted more than two weeks. Within these two weeks, I felt very well taken care of at Salty Jackal. This was mainly due to the family situation at the backpackers. The guests and the staff were very nice and very accommodating, which surrounded me with a familiar environment that temporarily became my home. The hostel is very lovingly furnished and offers several places to relax and hang out. Various events are offered. Sometimes a dinner together or a camping trip welded the guests and the staff together even more and made the time at Salty JAckal even better. My main event revolved around surfing. The surfing conditions in and around Swakopmund are good for all levels of surfers. I had a great time at the Salty JAckal because of the family environment and all the surfing.

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Lore Defruyt

I really enjoyed my time at the cosy Salty Jackal! Ollie, Iris and the volunteers are super friendly and helpful. The surf-safaris were a lot of fun and I hope to surf the mega tubes next year thanks to Ollie his tips. ;)

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Dylan Metcalf

My stay at Salty Jackal Backpackers was nothing less than absolutely incredible. From meeting beautiful people from all over the world to experience moments that will last a lifetime, this is exactly the place you want to stay at to make your Swakopmund, or Namibian, dream - a reality! I cannot wait to be back and laugh with you all again!

Our Coliving Accommodation

The surf house sleeps 14 guests: 6 in the dorm, the rest in four private rooms. Each room has a unique look & style, you just need to choose yours.

living room
outside area
the porch

Room types

Secret Cave

 x 2





Twin room with 2 single beds. Shared bathroom.

Driftwood Cabin

 x 2





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