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    Namib Naukluft Park

    by mvtouring Written Apr 30, 2007

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    The lunar landscape of Walvis Bay's hinterland and the largest conservation area in Namibia, the Namib-Naukluft Park is a world in itself with an area of almost 50 000 km square. It is made up of mysterious canyons, miracle plants such as the Welwitschia, impressive mountain ranges, desert plains and high dunes. Clusters of flowers in flaming colours adorn the desolate plains in season, while herds of Oryx, ostrich, springbok and mountain zebra roam these arid expanses.

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    Dune 7

    by mvtouring Written Apr 30, 2007

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    Dune 7

    This is a must for all visitors to Walvis Bay. Located on the outskirts of the town, it is the highest sand dune in the area. An unforgettable experience for those who feel inclined to challenge the height of this outstanding landmark to admire the view from the top. Palm trees provide shade for day campers while barbecue facilities makes it ideal for family entertainment. Unfortunately we could not walk up the dune as it was inhabited and taken over by people on their quad bikes.

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    The Lagoon

    by mvtouring Written Apr 30, 2007

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    This remarkable natural lagoon is the largest single area of shallow water on the west coast of Africa. This tranquil stretch of water with its natural beauty is accentuated by thousands of flamingos and other birds. Birds counts are done regularly. During one of these counts it was found that the lagoon is a safe haven for between 70 000 and 120 000 birds, and a feeding station for up to 200 000 birds on their natural migration route to and from the Arctic Circle. The cover 3000 year old stretch of water has been declared a Ramsar (Convention on Wetlands, 1971) site because of its value as a wetland area. The Lagoon is regarded as one of the most important areas for coastal birds and the best flamingo viewing locality in the world. A pleasant walk of just over three kilometers along the Lagoon takes the visitor to Lover's Hill, where information on various aspects of the Lagoon is provided

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    Bird Island

    by mvtouring Written Apr 30, 2007

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    Bird Island in background

    Located on the road to Swakopmund, Bird Island is a man-made structure used for the production of guano. Build in 1932 by the entrepreneur Adolf Winter, the structure rests on 1000 stilts and is 17 000 meter square in area. Our tour guide told us that Winter's wife left him and said the he was crazy for building Bird Island and that he was not going to make any money from it. The birds however are thankfull to him for building this breeding site for them.

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    The beach

    by Gili_S Written Dec 20, 2006

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    It is not exactly the kind of beach that you might think, especially with the cold water of the Atlantic Ocean here, but it is a beautiful place to walk by the beach, for sea bird watch and to watch over the sunset if you can stay that late.

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    Take the morning tour.

    by Gili_S Written Dec 20, 2006

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    We took the morning tour with Mola Mola and I can only give compliments for the great tour, arrangements, and most of all to the great knowledgeable guide that was pleasure listen to as well as to laugh with.

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    Half day cruise

    by Gili_S Written Dec 20, 2006

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    Usually I am not into cruises and boats sightseeing, you wouldn’t see me on those in Amsterdam, Stockholm or Helsinki, but what a wonderful surprise I had here, it was great pleasure to go on a half day cruise, see all the sea animals, seals, dolphins, penguin, sea birds and learn all about this wonderful place.

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    Dune Biking!!

    by Jontxu Updated Aug 23, 2006
    The Namibia desert from the top of a dune

    One of the best things you can do is a quad tour through the desert, it's one of the best ways to get into the desert specially if you are not staying for a long time in town. You can spend from one hour to as much as you want and the sensation of going up and down is wonderful!! There is a place in the way to Swakopmund, just when you pass longbeach, and they are very friendly.

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    Bird Island

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 10, 2006

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    Bird Island

    As an attraction per se this is not much of a thing, unless you are an avid birdwatcher. But this seemingly simple little platform is a gold-mine ... not in the real sense of the word of course, but it just makes me stand in awe at what people come up with to become millionaires - and this is a success story!

    Many seabirds frequent the area, so someone decided to build a bird island to collect bird guano (guano - sh* - oh I don't think I can say that here ..... eeeemmmm .... poop) to be then sold as a fertiliser. For the first couple of years the birds did not really take to it but after while it seems it got cool for the birds to hang out there and leave their souveniers so the project was a success. Pity that when I was there very little birds were present .....

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    Jackass Penguins

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    The sweetest jackass u will ever meet :-)

    This is the only species of penguin to be found on the African continent, and as one would expect, it is endemic. It is found on the Westren Cape of South Africa and in Namibia. It is not usual to see a Jackass Penguin in Walvis bay, but I did - so maybe if you keep your eyes peeled you may catch a glimpse of one too.

    Why the name Jackass Penguin? This is due to the fact that when courting the penguins bray like donkeys ... at very high volume, thus the name Jackass Penguin.

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    Pelicans

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    Jumbo flyer - Pelican

    Pelicans are amongst the largest (and heaviest) flying birds and their sight always amazes me - and how always I have to remark at how large they really are :-) The species seen here is the White Pelican, and it is, of course, a very talented fisherman. Still it is not that proud to refuse titbits offered :-)

    Wondering about the size of that pouch in the beak? Well, some say it may hold more water volume than it's stomach can!

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    Pelican Point

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    Pelican Point

    Pelican point is basically the sandy outer peninsula ebracing the Walvis Bay lagoon. I don't know about the pelicans here, but there surely is a colony of Cape Fur Seals, by far not as large as the one at Cape Cross, but still quite a sight. You will definitely visit here if you go on a Dolphin cruise. Oh I remember oysters and nice sparkling wine when I visited here ;-)

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    Cape Fur Seals

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    This is Sally ... Hitchin' a ride .... :-)

    Actually, despite the name, these are sealions - as they have ears, and move much better on land than seals as they raise themselves on their front flippers (not to mention they wriggle their rear sides seductively too HA HA). Anyway, take a dolphin cruise in Walvis Bay and these playful, intelligent creatures will swim up to the boat and also climb up - making for a special close encounter. A colony of these seals in the are can be found on Pelican Point, but a much more numerous one can be found in Cape Cross, a 2.5hr drive from Walvis Bay.

    Worried you will not be able to tell the male apart from the female?? No worries, the male is 3-4 times larger!! If in doubt - it is a female :-)))

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    Walvis Bay Lagoon

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    Walvis Bay lagoon at low tide

    I guess the main feature of Walvis Bay is the lagoon, the birds are there and the promenade and the nice houses are there too. The Walvis bay lagoon has a population of thousands of birds such as pelicans, gulls, waders, skuas etc - this population swells up during migration time with migrants from the Arctic and other parts of Africa such as Flamingos.

    The lagoon is over 5000 years old and is the only one of its type in Namibia - but the lagoon as we see it today may disappear in just a few years ... construction works, the saltpans and a diversion of the Kuiseb river nearby will eventually cause it to fill up with silt and disappear altogether. Maybe it being designated a Ramsar Site and the work of the Coastal Environmental Trust will help to change its dismal fate...

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    The Harbour

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    2 photogenic russian ships (wrecks?)

    This is Namibia's most important harbour, and probably of that stretch of southern African coast. So much so that remained in South Africa's grip long after the country's indipendence. The main activities are fishing, imports and exports in huge containers, and occasionally, cruise liners.

    If you are really interested I believe you can go and visit the harbour (but due to smells I would discourage it). But if you go on a dolphin cruise the guide will be happy to tell you and show you around the harbour.

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