Swakopmund wins "Dorp van die Jaar 2019" prize on popular TV show

PUBLISHED 21 JUN 2019   

If you live in Swakopmund or even if you’ve just driven through the exquisite coastal town, you would know why this town has won the award for the town of the year on the popular television show, Kwêla.

Kwêla is a well-known travel magazine program on kykNET and aired their first episode on 17 November 1999. Each episode is 60 minutes and the team has produced thoughtful and attractive, inspirational and often humorous episodes. From Musina to Cape Agulhas, and from Alexanderbay to Port St John’s - Kwêla has been there and will be going back to tell each town and their people’s remarkable stories.

For the past few years, Kwêla has hosted a competition #JouKwêlaDorp - specifically focused to give airtime to smaller towns in South Africa and Namibia to promote local tourism.

The qualifying criteria specified that you may nominate any town in South Africa or Namibia, that has less than 500,000 residents, that has not been listed as a regional winner in the last 2 years and a winning town is not allowed to enter within 5 years after winning. 

2019’s competition was an exciting adventure through small towns, with each town showing off what made them unique, but in the end the judges had to make some tough choices and narrowed it down to the 9 most popular towns.

The finalist for 2019 #JouKwêlaDorp was;

  • Stilbaai (Wes-Kaap)
  • Uvongo (KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Patensie (Eastern Cape)
  • Vrede (Free State)
  • Potchefstroom (Noordwes/Gauteng)
  • Sutherland (Noord-Kaap)
  • Phalaborwa (Limpopo)
  • Swakopmund (Namibia)
  • Dullstroom (Mpumalanga)

Each town had to market their towns and generate support, but in the end the winner was Swakopmund in Namibia, who was so successful, they generated more than double the nearest town’s votes.

This year’s “Dorp van die Jaar 2019” wins R1 million worth of marketing airtime from kykNET. A 45-second advert about the town; “Besoek Swakopmund, 2019 se dorp van die jaar“ will be produced by Homebru Films, to be aired on kykNET. The KIA celebration-party will also be hosted in the winning town, ensuring all the Swakopmunders’ hard work at marketing their town and garnering support will be well rewarded.

Here a short video of the moment the winner was announced:


Swakopmund - A Coastal Gem

Swakopmund is a picturesque, culturally rich town with historical colonial buildings characterised by German architecture. It is famous for its pristine beaches and sand dunes, and also offers a wide range of outdoor activities for the adrenaline junkies, such as sand-boarding, quad-biking, and sky-diving, as well as hiking and horse-riding trails.

Swakopmund is Namibia's largest coastal town, which attracts holiday-makers from all over the country and further afield. It is easily accessible by road (car, minibus taxi, bus or tour bus), rail or air, and even by ship. Once in the town, public transport is lacking, but visitors can get around on foot or by hiring a bicycle. Read more on our MyProperty Namibia post about Swakopmund from 2016.