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Walvis Bay

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... is an industrial port just to the south of Swakopmund in Western Namibia.

Until independence a small enclave including this port actually formed part of South Africa, despite being removed from the Orange river by over 600km.

By conventional measures, Walvis Bay really is a rather ugly place, uncomfortably sandwiched between the searing hot desert and the cold grey ocean, but surrounded by a most remarkable array of land and marine wildlife. The main body of the town comprises a rather bland grid of broad avenues lined with functional buildings. The older part of town on the waterfront is centred on a similarly functional wharf, but is slightly more attractive. It looks out over a bay which is often filled with large container ships.

There is a wide range of activities available in the area, which services the high volume of overland traffic which tends to pass through nearby Swakopmund, including as dune-surfing, parachute jumping and quad-bike riding.

We commonly recommend the guided 4x4 trip out of Walvis Bay south to Sandwich Harbour, a beautiful and remote spot where the dunes of the Namib Desert cascade into the Atlantic Ocean, rarely do such diverse ecosystems lie side by side like this. The freshwater lagoon at Sandwich Harbour attracts a good deal of wildlife, notably jackals and a array of birds including flamingoes.

Another major attraction is the lagoon at Walvis Bay, where it is possible to go kayaking with seals, as well as go out on motorboats in search of whales and dolphins.


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