Desert Express

Desert Express: Our full report

24 compartments
Traveller's rating
Good (80%) From 1 review
All year

STOP PRESS: The Desert Express Train is out of service from June 2017 until further notice. The train requires lengthy maintenance work done on its air-conditioning system and electrics. We are advised this will take at least 5 months, and at this time there is no scheduled date to resume the service.

Want an alternative way to travel between Windhoek and Swakopmund? The Desert Express is a train that travels through the desert, connecting these two towns twice a week. None of the Expert Africa team has traveled on this train personally, but here is what we know about it.

The Desert Express Train has twenty four air-conditioned compartments over four coaches. Each compartment is en-suite and the beds fold away to convert the room into a private lounge during the day. When not in your room you can enjoy a drink in the Spitzkoppe lounge or a 3-course meal in the Welwitschia restaurant.

The Desert Express departs Windhoek every Friday to Swakopmund at about 1pm. The train departs Swakopmund at about 3pm to return to Windhoek every Saturday.

On your journey from Windhoek you stop at a game farm north of the city to enjoy a safari drive followed by sundowner drinks. During the night the train stops at a siding to give you a comfortable sleep. After breakfast the following morning the train continues towards the coast and the town of Swakopmund, stopping to allow you time to walk in the desert and climb a nearby sand dune.

On the Desert Express' return journey you stop at the edge of the desert for sundowner drinks before dinner. The following morning the train will stop at a game farm north of Windhoek where you will enjoy a safari drive.

The Desert Express also offers journeys to Etosha National Park. Speak to us about including time on this train in a holiday to Namibia.


Location: Windhoek, Namibia

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer



Laundry facilities: 0

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