Walvisbaai Things to Do

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    sit down and wait for the best pics

    by globetrott Written Jul 13, 2014

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    Sit down on the beach like I did and wait for the Flamingos to come closer and closer. As soon as you stand up, they walk or even fly away.
    But when you sit and dont move they will not care about you.
    This is why the people on the touristbuses will never see the flamingos so very close. Those tourists will have maybe 20 minutes there, they will never totally give up moving and they are a lot taller and that way also intimidating for the birds.
    When you are the only person there and when you sit down you will have the best results !

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    Flamingos at the end of the Esplanade

    by globetrott Written Jul 13, 2014

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    At the end of the Esplanade you will get to a place, where a tiny river flows into the sea and this seems to be a place, where the Flamingos find some Food that they enjoy very much. That is why you will always find some hundreds of them approaching that spot and only the trucks passing by on the closeby coastalroad or the tourists of bustours will make them step back a bit or even fly away in panic.

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    Flamingos

    by globetrott Written Jul 13, 2014

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    Flamingos love to walk in the sand of flat beaches and find their food that way. Flamingos filter-feed on brine shrimp and blue-green algae and their typical pink Color comes from carotenoids in their food and plant Plankton. This is why you will find Flamingoes of different Colors, some are darker and some are almost White while some are really pink all over.

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    Walvis Bay Esplanade

    by globetrott Updated Jul 12, 2014

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    Walvisbay Esplanade is a great way to walk along the bay from the port to the place in the Lagune, where you will see the flamingos gathering. That way is about 30 minutes to walk and you will pass by some great villas, restaurants and hotels. You will hardly meet a lot of people, even when a cruiseship is in town with almost 2000 passangers onboard as most of them will go on a bustour.

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    Birdwatching

    by globetrott Written Jul 13, 2014

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    There are a lot of other birds than the Flamingos to watch in Walvisbay. My favorite of These photos is the one here in my main Picture: a seagull had cought an eel and is flying home with it.

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    Dolphin Cruise

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    The top thing to do in Walvis Bay, especially if you are interested in animals, is a Dolphin Cruise. It is a great opportunity not only to see the dolphins, but also to get up close and personal with various bird species and the Cape Fur Seals seals, who fearlessly board the boat as if it were theirs :-) They can also be petted and fed - or may also just wetly flop beside you for a short nap.

    The guides will do their best to guarantee the sight of dolphins, and will explain about the harbour and other interesting things about Walvis Bay.

    You will probably be offered Walvis Bay's famous fresh oysters with sparkling wine at the end of the tour - to wrap up a wonderful half day in good taste and good style.

    I highly recommend Mola-Mola cruises - really nice guides and will also pick you up from your accomodation (even in Swakopmund) if needed.

    Me petting my new noisy friend :-) Yeah, there it is; dolphin, just below the surface Of course it made a jump for it :-) Hey we wanna be featured on VT too!
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    Bird Island

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 10, 2006

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    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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    Flamingo Colony

    by Waxbag Written Dec 4, 2004

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    If you are near Walvis bay, perhaps on route to Swakopmund, make a quick stop to the harbor in Walvis bay and check out the flamingos that hang out in huge numbers. There really isn't a whole lot to do in this town but see the flamingos.

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    Walvis Bay harbour tour is wonderful for wildlife!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Dec 15, 2011

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    To be honest, I would probably not have bothered with the harbour tour at Walvis Bay if my parents hadn't done it a few months earlier and waxed lyrical about how wonderful it was. And, if I hadn't, I'd have missed out on one of the most fun ways to pass half a day in the Swakopmund/Walvis Bay area - which is saying something given how many marvellous activities are on offer for tourists in this region.

    The trip starts with a tour of the harbour, which is surprisingly interesting. There are quite a range of boats at anchor, from the seaworthy to old rusting hulks over which the birds and the seals have long since established squatter's rights. There are also often fishing boats - usually Chinese or Spanish - which have been caught fishing illegally in Namibian waters and have been impounded.

    However, by far the most interesting thing about the tour is the wildlife you encounter. When we started our tour, I couldn't work out why there seemed to be so many old tyres floating in the water - until I realised that these were seals, fast asleep with their snouts tucked into their tails! They come in to feed on the outfall from the petfood factory, and gorge themselves to the point where they need to sleep off their gargantuan meal! When we visited, one of the seals who has become habituated to people leapt in to join us in the tour boat, narrowly avoiding catapulting a whole tray of open-faced brotchen (German bread rolls) into the ocean!

    The tour then proceeds out past the harbour limits towards a nearby seal colony. As you approach, the sound and smell of the seals becomes overwhelming (better hope that you're upwind!) and the seals and magnificent pelicans gather around the boat hoping for easy pickings - see photo of one slipstreaming in our boat's wake. The reason for their enthusiasm become apparent when you weigh anchor and the captain assuages your thirst by distributing cold beer and sparkling wine before starting to shuck local oysters. When we did the tour, my husband thought that he had died and gone to heaven as the oysters kept coming and coming ... he finally gave up after a couple of dozen (the captain was all set to keep shucking!).

    The marine birds are superb, and apparently the tours often encounter dolphins and whales (in season), as well as the occasional leatherback turtle and more exotic creatures such as sunfish.

    The tour lasts about 3.5 hours, and may initially seem a little on the expensive side (I don't have a handle on current prices, so consult a recent travel guide or websites). However, when you consider the duration of the trip and the generosity of the catering, it is actually good value for money, and I would highly recommend it. There are several operators who offer boat tours - both of the harbour and the lagoons at the mouth of the Kuiseb River, so I suggest you shop around to see which best matches your interests and requirements.

    Seal slipstreaming behind the tour boat Feeding a seal that has jumped into the tour boat Herons lay claim to an abandoned boat in harbour Flotilla of pelicans in Walvis Bay harbour Seal portrait, Walvis Bay

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    Where the Desert meets the Sea

    by globetrott Written Jul 13, 2014

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    In Walvisbay and other places in Namibia you will find a lot of places, where the desert meets the atlantic ocean, that is something that will not happen many times on this earth.
    When you make a vacation in Walvisbay you will be offered lots of adventure-tours with 4x4 cars to such Dunes, but when our ship got there all of These tours had been booked already.
    b.t.w.: When you ship arrives, take a look out on the highest deck and you will see the dunes right after the portarea like in my Pictures here, even when it is a bit hazy.

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    The Harbour

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    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.

    2 photogenic russian ships (wrecks?)

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    Pelican Point

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    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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    the lighttower of Walvisbay

    by globetrott Written Jul 14, 2014

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    When you come to Walvisbay on a cruise you will pass by this lighttower in some distance. The lighttower was built on a sandy Island some kilometres outside of the port and many times it will be hard to be seen, as there is a certain haze over the landscape like in my Pictures here as well.

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    Birdwatching

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    The Walvis bay area is a good place for birdwatching ... in season, the Walvis Bay Lagoon is full of flamingos and there are also other birds to be seen such as pelicans, herons, gulls, skuas, waders, cormorants etc.

    The dolphin cruises offered in Walvis bay are also a great opportunity to birdwatch, especially the pelicans and gulls. I also managed to see a young jackass penguin :-)

    Another interesting birdwatching point is Sandwich bay, along a 4WD only road out of Walvis Bay. It is not recommended to attempt this without a guide.

    Ganging up .... Graceful Seagull
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    Desert and Sea ...

    by SanguiniA Written Aug 9, 2006

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    In how many places in the planet can one see ancient desert embrace the sea?? I guess this is one of very few places where this is possible. Best experienced from a boat, or driving on the trans-Kalahari Highway connecting Walvis Bay with Swakopmund. It is something amazing, especially on a wonderful day like we had here :-)

    Desert & Sea ... one heck of a long beach :-)
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