Walvis Bay is a city in Namibia and the name of the bay on which it lies. The town has 85,000 inhabitants and owns 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi) of land. The bay has been a haven for sea vessels because of its natural deepwater harbour, protected by the Pelican Point sand spit.
The town is situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Kuiseb River delta and lies at the end of the TransNamib Railway to Windhoek, and on the B2 road.
Being the only natural harbour of any size along the country's coast and rich in plankton and marine life, these waters also drew large numbers of whales, attracting whalers and fishing vessels. The Dutch referred to it as Walvisch Baye and the English as Whale Bay.
A succession of colonists developed the location and resources of this strategic harbour settlement. The harbour's value in relation to the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope had caught the attention of world powers since it was discovered. This explains the complicated political status of Walvis Bay down the years.
- Cape Cross Tour -A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross
- Quad Biking -2 hour guided trip into the dune belt near Swakopmund (50km) - you enter an area where you cannot get to by car or foot. No experience necessary
- Swakopmund & Walvis Bay Sightseeing- a half day your of these two coastal towns includes visits to historical buildings & monuments as well as the teeming birdlife of the Walvis Bay Lagoon
- Excellent coastal fishing
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Rainfall: October - April
- Best time to travelYear Round
- Traveling with ChildrenThe recommended age for children on safari is six years and older and some lodges do not accommodate children under 12.
- LanguagesEnglish is widely spoken in Namibia.
- CurrencyThe currency is Namibian Dollar (NAD); South African Rand (ZAR) cash is accepted
- Flying to NamibiaThere are frequent flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Windhoek or Walvis Bay. Scheduled flights from Maun and Victoria Falls to Windhoek are also available.
Explore remote wilderness, majestic mountains and famous red sand dunes.
Stand on top of towering sand dunes for excellent photographic opportunities and revel in the abundance of space, silence and clear skies.
Enhance Your Experience With
- Marine Desert Adventure - Walvis Bay
- Catamaran Cruise - Seal and Dolphins, Walvis Bay
- Scenic Flights
- Boat Cruises
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