Walvisbaai Travel Guide

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  • Walvisbaai
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  • Walvisbaai
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Walvisbaai Things to Do

  • Walvis Bay harbour tour is wonderful for...

    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...

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  • Walvis Bay is a twitcher's paradise

    Walvis Bay is a 'twitcher's' (bird watcher's) paradise due to the diversity of the ecosystems - mudflats and lagoons sheltered from the open ocean by a sand spit - along this section of the coast. Birdlife International states that "In terms of numbers and species of birds, this is the most important coastal wetland in southern Africa, and is...

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  • Walvis Bay Esplanade

    This is a fast-growing town with current population at around 65,000. The nicest place to hang around is the Esplanade where there is a long promenade facing the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Both the lagoon as well as the beautiful houses lining the promenade are very, very interesting. When I grow up I want to live here in one of the magnificent villas :-)...

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  • Sand & Activities!

    Here and Swakopmund are meccas for sand activities ... quad biking, sand boarding, scenic flights over the desert ... you name it Walvis Bay's got it :-)

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  • The Desert around Walvis Bay

    The city of Walvis Bay is surrounded by the desert every where one goes.Not being used to be in the desert myself, walking a little bit through it was an experience managed to try.MF, Walvis Bay, April 2010.

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  • Boat Tour

    We did a boat tour with Mola Mola and were lucky enough to have Billy as our guide. There were about 8 of us on the boat and we set off at around 8.00am.Our guide was funny and informative about the local area especially the Bay.Be prepared to have a drink or two as we started with sherry at about 9.00am. Up until lunch we were offered refreshment...

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  • Oyster farm

    The Oyster farm sits all over the harbour area and in the sea, but the factory is in the main harbour. These oysters are really something

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  • Seaguls

    If there is a beach, you are bound to find them. We met a number of them whilst cruizing in the harbout hoping that they would also get a bit of freeby fish that was being fed to the seals and pelicans.

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  • Flamingo's

    One of the best things to see in Walvisbaai is the Flamingo's. Sometimes they are quite close to the roadside, other times a bit futher away. They have two kinds there, the black flamingo's and the pink flamingo's.

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  • Dolphin tour

    If there is something that I will recommend without a doubt, it will be the Dolphin Tour. We used Molo-Molo and they were very professional and our guide has a tremendous knowledge of the seals and marine life in general. We met 5 seals in person, they climbed into the boat and Sally the surfer was surfing behing the boat for quite some time before...

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  • Pelicans

    I did not in my wildest dreams ever think I would get this close to a Pelican. Pelicans are amongst the largest flying birds. We saw quite a number at close range as they came to the boat in the hope that they would get fed some fish.

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  • Pelican Point

    Pelican point is the sandy outer peninsula ebracing the Walvis Bay lagoon. The guide told us that is grows by 14 meters every year which is fantastic. I was also amazed by all the seals and how full of the joys of life they were. Jumping in and out of the water like dolphins and just having a ball of a time.

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  • Saltworks

    The 3500 hectare Walvis Bay salt field is one of the largest solar evaporation facilities in Africa, processing 24 million tonnes of sea water each year to produce more than 400 000 tonnes of high-quality salt. The salt is shipped to markets in southern and west Africa. Walvis Bay Salt Refiners is also a commercial producer of high0quality oysters...

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  • The Harbour

    A visit to the Harbour is well worth the effort. Entry permits can be obtained from the security offices at the harbour's entrance on 13th road.

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  • Sandwich Harbour

    Located 48 km to the south of Walvis Bay, Sandwich Harbour is a spectacular and photo-worthy destination. Sought after by anglers, ornithologists and nature lovers, the lagoon was once an open bay, which silted up over the years. The lagoon is fed by fresh water seeping from inland aquifers, and is a sanctuary for large numbers of coastal and fresh...

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  • Namib Naukluft Park

    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...

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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...

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  • The Lagoon

    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...

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  • Bird Island

    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...

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  • Seagulls

    Of course, wherever there is water in the world there will be seagulls, and they are also here, usually too lazy to catch the fish they will wait for some leftover from the boats.

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  • Pelicans

    The coastline is full of pelicans, and they know to approach the cruising tour boats as the often fed with fish.

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Walvisbaai Restaurants

  • Molo-Molo tours

    The food that they provide on the dolphin tours deserve a special mention here. The oysters were the best I have ever eaten and we had lovely champagne to wash it down with.

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  • Champagne and seafood

    There was no need to eat out as on the boat cruise they served us with champagne and wonderful seafood, that was delicious.

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  • The Raft, the best place in town!

    It's the best place in town, the atmosphere is very nice, you are facing the lake full of pelicans, and if you want to have just a drink they have a very nice bar.You should try the king klip, the fish is very good in the area, and you shouldn't miss it.Also the desserts are veeeeeery nice, so leave some place!!

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Walvisbaai Transportation

  • Cruising to Walvisbay

    Walvisbay is an important port for Namibia and it is big enough to let giant ships like the MSC Sinfonia with more than 2000 passangers dock in the port.Walking to the gate of the port on your own is possible but also quite dangerous sometimes and that is why there is a free shuttlebus from the cruiseship to the port-gates. Unfortunately they have...

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  • By shared taxi to Swapokmund

    The Intercape bus is only running in the morning and not every day to Swakopmund (and on to Windhoek) the train takes over 2 hours. But there are informal shared taxis 30 to 35 Namibian $ (€ 3) and 25 minutes leaving when full from north of the town (i think near Kuisebmond stadium, the realy fight for passengers, get then of at Pick&Pay...

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  • Beware of poor visibility at Walvis Bay...

    Just a word of warning if you decide to fly out of Walvis Bay to connect with an international flight.The airport is right on the edge of the Namib desert, and when the wind gets up, the visibility can be so compromised that flights out of Walvis are delayed or even postponed until the next day (see photo). It doesn't happen very regularly, but it...

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Walvisbaai Warnings and Dangers

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    by Jontxu Written Aug 23, 2006

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    For those european travelers... you can buy lot of ivory in the different shops around, specially in Swakopmund, to get it out of the country is allowed, but you can face serious problems entering the EU, now that you know about it decide by yourself.

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Walvisbaai Off The Beaten Path

  • Whale Bones

    Right at the beginning of the Esplanade, on the side next to the entrance to the port of Walvisbay you will see some interesting bones of a whale. See the giant size of These bones, take your photos, you can even touch them or sit on them, thats is no Museum after all, it is nature in reality ! ;-)Unfortunately they were too big to take home as a...

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  • St Mathews Church

    St Mathews Church is the tiny church of the Anglican Church and you will find it in the centre of the village, on the main street.Interesting to see that it obviously has a tower on top of the church plus a seperate belltower next to the church.Unfortunately it was locked when I was there, so I could not take a look inside. Maybe next time...

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  • Rheinische Missionskirche in Walvis Bay

    This tiny church was built in 1879, when the area around Walvisbay was under german protection and it was a donation from some German society.The church was made of wood, it was prefabricated in Hamburg and after the transport set togeather again in the place where it still stands nowadays.It was used untill 1966 and recently it was restored by the...

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Walvisbaai Favorites

  • Climate and Rainfall

    An idyllic subtropical climate prevails almost throughout the year. It makes Walvis Bay an attractive option for entrepreneurs, residents and tourist alike. The Cold Benguella Current ensures a temperature climate with temperatures varying between 10 and 25 degrees centigrade. I found the water a bit cold for swimming. Relative humidity is...

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  • The houses

    While walking by the beach you can see the very beautiful houses that some of the rich ones live here, there are different style, from European to Caribbean.

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  • Special Place

    Living on a tiny island, whenever I am near the sea I just feel at home. So much more after spending some time in the desert in a huge, never-ending country :-) What is amazing here is the fact that ancient desert meets ocean ... and there is so much wildlife to be seen! Definitely the dolphin cruise where I got so near to dolphins, cape fur...

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Off The Beaten Path
Long Beach
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Where the ocean meet the desert.
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The beach
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The seals visiting you
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Watch the seals
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Take the morning tour.
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Half day cruise
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Dune Biking!!
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Boat ...
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Bird Island
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Jackass Penguins
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Pelicans
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Pelican Point
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Cape Fur Seals
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Walvis Bay Lagoon
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The Harbour
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Desert and Sea ...
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Birdwatching
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Dolphin Cruise
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Namibian Dollar
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Drif away on "The Raft"
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The Lagoon
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Plane Service to Walvis Bay
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The Welwitscha
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Dinner in the Dunes
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City Centre
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The Esplanade
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Stella Maris Catholic Church
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St. Matthews Church
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The Namib Desert
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Roads to Walvis Bay
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Flamingo Colony
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Walvisbaai Airport
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Quadbiking in the dunes!!!
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