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Walvis Bay

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Walvis Bay is a city on Namibia's Atlantic coast. It has the country's only commercial port.

Understand[edit]

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Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The fastest route from Windhoek is the tarred main road B2. It takes 5 hours and passes through Swakopmund, a coastal town 35 km (20 minutes) drive north of Walvis Bay.

By plane[edit]

By minibus[edit]

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

By bus[edit]

Although the minibuses 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 national train company TranNamib runs an overnight service from the capital Windhoek via Swakopmund daily, except Saturdays. There are economy and business class seats, but no sleepers.

By ship[edit]

The RMS St Helena no longer makes regular round-trips from St Helena Island to Cape Town via Walvis Bay. The service ceased in 2018.

Get around[edit]

Cars can be hired at Walvis Bay Airport.

See[edit]

  • Wetlands. There are three important wetlands 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.

Do[edit]

There are quite some activities to do in Walvis Bay.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kite surfing. Head on down to the lagoon to ride the waves. Lessons and equipment available.
  • Surfing. Pro surfers come from around the globe when the conditions are right to surf the world's longest left-hand break with a sandy bottom at Donkey Bay, also known as Skeleton Bay, on the long Pelican Point sand spit that protects the port of Walvis Bay. You'll need a 4x4 vehicle to get to that spot.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Crazy Mama's. Funky bistro with pizza, salad and vegetarian options.
  • Probst Willi Bakery. A German cafe serving some of the best sandwiches. Try the "rawhak" roll.

Splurge[edit]

  • The Raft Restaurant, The Esplanade (on a pier opposite the Pelican Bay Hotel), +264 64 204877. A large top-class restaurant with great atmosphere, on a pier in the lagoon. The main restaurant offers a huge a la carte menu. There's also a bistro offering great views, wood-fired pizzas and the best burgers for miles. Also has a lively bar. A must if you are in Walvis Bay.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Pelican Bay Hotel.
  • 2 Langholm Hotel, 18-22 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.

Go next[edit]


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