Walvis Bay

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Walvis Bay is located at Namibia's west coast and the only commercial port of the country.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The fasted way to get to Walvis Bay from Windhoek is tarred main road B2. It takes 5 hours and the road passes Swakopmund. It is a 20 minutes drive from Swakopmund.

By plane[edit]

Air Namibia [1] provides flights within the country from Walvis Bay Airport [2], while South African Express [3] offers flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg.

By minibus[edit]

Minibusses from Windhoek (departure from the taxi rank closed to Rhino Park hospital, 110N$) or from Swakopmund (taxirank out of town, 25N$) are awailible throughout the day. Not too comfortable, but the true African way of travelling.

By Bus[edit]

Although the Mini Buses are slightly cheaper and are an experience, they have no fixed time schedule and are often overloaded. So check out these operators:

  • Intercape operates a service from Windhoek via Okahandja and Swakopmund. Intercape service also extends to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
  • Econolux Tel +264 64 205935 operates a service to Cape Town twice a week

By train[edit]

The train service to Windhoek will take up to 13 hours.

By ship[edit]

The RMS St Helena makes regular round-trips from St Helena Island to Cape Town via Walvis Bay.

Get around[edit]


  • Wetlands. Three important wetlands exist for migratory birds. The lagoon is south-west of town and the habitat for flamingos and the endangered Damara tern.
  • Flamingos. Flamingos feed in the shallow waters by the beach and in the wetlands.


There are quite some activities to do in Walvis Bay.

  • Kite Surfing.. Head on down to the lagoon to ride the waves. Lessons and equipment by
  • Go fishing. +264 64 2016111. Rods can be rented. You need a fishing permit though which can be bought at the ministry of fisheries for 14 N$ for 30 days (Inspectorate Office, 1st Street, Monday-Sunday 8-13). Speak to the locals about the various fishing spots.
  • Dolphin watching. +264 64 205 511. Check out Mola Mola cruises for dolphin and seal cruises.
  • Dune boarding. Buy a dune board in town and head 6km out of town to Dune 7 for an inexpensive thrill.



  • The Raft Restaurant Bistro and Bar (Just ask anybody for 'The Lagoon' it's on stilts in the water opposite The Pelican Bay Hotel, you can't miss it.),  +264 64 204877. A Great Restaurant with great atmosphere, on a pier in the lagoon, an absolute must if you are in Walvis Bay. Large restaurant offering a huge a la carte menu, and bistro and bar area with the best pizzas and burgers for miles. Definitely worth the drive from Swakopmund (a mere 35kms).
  •   Crazy Mama's. Funky bistro with pizza, salad and vegetarian options.
  • Probst. A German cafe serving some of the best sandwiches. Try the "rawhak" roll.
  • Bonaroma. Great Italian inspired food, lots of seafood as is common with Walvis Bay. Friendly staff


The Raft Restaurant and Bar, A lively bar and bistro offering great views and wood fired pizza in Bistro area. Top class Restaurant also within the same premises. +264 64 204877


  •   Pelican Bay Hotel.
  •   Langholm Hotel18-22 2nd Street West, Lagoon (Off 5th Road, turn left into 2nd Str West.),  +264 64 209230. Check-in: 13h00, check-out: 11h00. Great facility, friendly and helpful staff, great fun the NightCap bar - feels like home from home. Should be first choice for all persons visiting Walvis Bay. from N$655.

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