Sandwich Harbor Tour

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A 50km scenic and thrilling 4×4 drive takes you to one of the most photogenic places in Namibia, Sandwich Harbour, also one of the five Ramsar sites in Namibia. Burgundy beaches and waves crashing against the desert makes this a once in a lifetime sight to see. Sandwich Harbour is a natural bay that has awed and inspired many a visitor and traveller. With its rolling dunes falling into the ocean and the large lagoon, this unspoiled bay is a haven for birds and marine life, while creating the most amazing feeling of grandeur and beauty in such a stark environment.

The concept of extreme and exotic tourism. Ocean surf with foamy waves. Gorgeous jeep - safari through the huge sand dunes. Atlantic coast of Walvis Bay, Namibia, south of Africa

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Walvis Bay (vahl-fis bay) is pleasant, particularly around the new waterfront development and along the esplanade. A cluster of bars and restaurants right on the water overlook the the harbor and the big machinery of the port not far away. It has a very genuine, relaxed feel. The town proper is not super compact and your own wheels make life a lot easier. 


Must-see attractions.

Salt Works

Southwest of the lagoon is this 3500-hectare salt-pan complex, which currently supplies over 90% of South Africa's salt. As with the one in Swakopmund,…

The Hope

During the winter, rail services between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are often plagued by windblown sand, which covers the tracks and undermines the…

Bird Paradise

Bird Paradise

Immediately east of town at the municipal sewage-purification works is this nature sanctuary, which consists of a series of shallow artificial pools,…


The shallow and sheltered 45,000-hectare lagoon, southwest of town and west of the Kuiseb River mouth, attracts a range of coastal water birds and…

Rhenish Mission Church

Rhenish Mission Church

Walvis Bay’s oldest remaining building, the Rhenish Mission Church was prefabricated in Hamburg, Germany, reconstructed beside the harbour in 1880 and…

Bird Island

Bird Island

Along the Swakopmund road, 10km north of Walvis Bay, take a look at the offshore wooden platform known as Bird Island. It was built to provide a roost and…

Dune 7

In the bleak expanse just off the C14, 6km by road from town, Dune 7 is popular with locals as a slope for sandboarding and skiing. The picnic site, which…


With permission from the public-relations officer of the Portnet or from the Railway Police – beside the train station near the end of 13th Rd – you can…

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Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

On the central coast,  Swakopmund , a resort town, and  Walvis Bay , Namibia’s main seaport, offer an oasis’s where the sea meets the desert. The towns offer adrenaline-rush activities and are considered Namibia’s “adventures hub”. The list of activities for any tourist alike are endless, ranging from quad biking, boat cruise, camel riding, dune surfing, skydiving, fishing, camel riding, desert tours and many more.

The two towns are a mere 30 km apart, and in between, considerable development of holiday resorts is taking place.

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Places of interest include and are not limited to the National Aquarium of Namibia, Dune 7, Lagoon, Walvis Bay Waterfront, townships, etc.

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Written by: Juan Proll on 20 March 2023

Walvis Bay in Namibia – more than just the main port city

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Flamingoes seals and kayaks in Walvis Bay Namibia

Rich whale and fish deposits, a natural and safe deep-water harbor that is also suitable for larger ships, as well as the military-strategic and geopolitical potential determined the history of Walvis Bay in Namibia . Its significance as a port city remains. But this coastal town has developed into an interesting tourist destination, as today’s blog will show you.

Walvis Bay Jetty and pelicans

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Walvis Bay in Namibia – port city with an eventful history

European, and American whaling and fishing boats arrive here as early as in the 18th century. The nourishing waters off of Walvis Bay’s coast were promising a big prey – including fish and whales. Nowadays’ name “Walvis Bay” translates into “bay of whale fish” and acknowledges its historic meaning. Admittedly, the name does sound off, because whales aren’t fish, they’re mammals.

In the old days, the naturally ideal conditions off Walvis Bay were used for anchoring and going ashore. Whether to stretch the legs or to find food. But at one point, the English discovered the military-strategic, and geopolitical potential of this natural harbour. Even bigger ships could anchor very close to the coast. That is why the kingdom claimed this part of the coast in 1795. As a consequence, Topnaar-Namas, who were living in the area, settled here. They hoped for trading opportunities with the newcomers from overseas. British traders and marine-officials joined. And slowly this settlement grew into the harbour port Walvis Bay. But it took a few more historical twists:

In the beginning, nobody else seems to be interested in the hinterland of the coastal city. This drastically changes in 1883. This is the year, in which Heinrich Vogelsang, on behalf of the Bremen merchant Adolf Lüderitz, begins the German colonial period. Walvis Bay remained British, but the land behind it became German-Southwest-Africa. German cities emerge: first Luderitz , later Windhoek, and others followed. Walvis Bay becomes a British region within the German Empire. The Germans need an alternative harbour city, and establish Swakopmund.

Although Walvis Bay is briefly under German occupation during World War I, they are defeated in southern Africa as early as 1915. After the war, the whole country including Walvis Bay goes over into the protectorate of South Africa, as agreed upon by the League of Nations. They expand the existing colonial structures in the new Southwest Africa, and introduce Apartheid. With independence in 1990, Southwest Africa becomes Namibia. Only Walvis Bay remains South African territory until 1994, including border controls and custom fees, before it is finally being integrated into Namibia.

Flamingos flying across water

What to do in Walvis Bay in Namibia? Starting point for exciting excursions and day trips

Walvis Bay is historically interesting, but this place, reclaimed from the desert, is not quite an architectural gem. Still: this city is growing, and growing. Nobody really knows, how many people currently live here. Numbers are estimated to be between 55,000 and 85,000. Economic opportunities are probably the main reason to live in this desert oasis. But this place also has quality of life, as there are many activities on land, and on water in Walvis Bay and its surroundings. Here are some examples:

Walvis Bay Boardwalk

Walvis Bay promenade on the southern edge of the city belongs to the in-town attractions. It runs along the Flamingo Lagoon, which is a small area of the lagoon in Walvis Bay. Depending on the season and water levels, you will be able to admire big flamingo colonies in the shallow, close-to-shore water of the Atlantic Ocean. Three species are mainly represented here: American flamingo, greater flamingo, and lesser flamingo. Looking for food, they carefully trudge through the water or prance on the spot. In addition to spotting flamingos, you will also be able to experience the unique character of the bay and the Pelican Point lighthouse at the other end of the bay.

Pelican Point

You can actually find pelicans here – especially the Great White Pelican. What makes it special? During mating season, it develops a hump on its beak, which is up to about 7 cm high.

Water birds and seals equally enjoy Pelican Point. A colony of Cape fur seals also inhabits this area. You can reach the eco-sensitive peninsula Pelican Point, which only consists of sea sand, only via land with a four-wheel drive vehicle as a part of a guided tour or as part of an escorted self-drive or by a four-wheel drive transfer from the local Pelican Point Lodge. That means: unaccompanied self-driving is not possible. You can also paddle there on a kayak-tour.

Seals at Walvis Bay in Namibia

Pelican Point forms the bay with the mainland, and thereby encloses a wetland. It is the most important mud flat area in Southern Africa and a protected bird sanctuary. The Pelican Point lighthouse is located 35 road kilometres away from Walvis Bay. A trip not to be missed. The lodge itself is well worth a visit: a thrilling and eerie experience with 360-degree panoramic views. At night, you can hear the call of the jackals and the sound of thousands of seals communicating with each other.

Walvis Bay Waterfront

Walvis Bay Waterfront can’t be compared to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. It’s a quiet little port with a few souvenir shops and good restaurants. If there are no boat tours going in or out, it can be very musing, harmonious, and calming. Seals and pelicans are frequent guests who come aboard the boat trips out into the bay to say “hello”. A good opportunity for the guides to tell you more about them and the bay. In the end, you will get a small oyster buffet.

Sandwich Harbor

If you are interested in birds or if you want to experience a beautiful dune landscape along the coast, and into the lagoon, I can recommend this tour either by boat or by four-wheel vehicle. But if you want to get a sandwich here, you need to bring your own because the name is not a promise. Its origin remains unclear. It might even be modified from the German word “Sandfisch” (sand fish).

On the way, you will pass a stone cross (padrão) in a small bay about 20 kilometres south of Walvis Bay in Namibia. It was once set by Portuguese sailors to emphasize their claim that this was land which they had “discovered” for Portugal.

Swakopmund is also a great day trip destination. It is the one city in Namibia where you can still see the German colonial history reflected in the buildings, cafés, and restaurants. Interesting artisan markets, nice cafés, inviting beach promenades, and impressive colonial architecture make it worth a visit. But I will tell you more about the city and excursion opportunities in the surrounding areas in the next blog.

Where to stay in Walvis Bay? Accommodations

During our guided round trips, and self-guided tours, we normally don’t spend the night in Walvis Bay itself but in the neighbouring Swakopmund. If you want to stay the night in Walvis Bay, I can recommend a guest house or hotel along the promenade up to the waterfront-boat station. You could stay in Pelican Point Lodge or in the Oyster Box Guesthouse.

Pelican Lodge in Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay in Namibia – how to get there?

Overseas flights will initially go to Windhoek . From there you can either take a connecting flight to Walvis Bay or you can drive there. Direct flights from Windhoek to Walvis Bay take not more than one hour. If you come from neighbouring South Africa, you don’t have to detour via Windhoek, you can fly to Walvis Bay directly. The international airport of Walvis Bay is located approximately 16 km away towards Dünenfeld. Taxi, hotel shuttle or your own rental car will take you straight into the city. On the way, you will have the best opportunity to enjoy this unique desert landscape.

Those coming from Windhoek by car can either take the fully paved roads B6/B1/B2 (approx. 440 km from Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek) or the not always paved route B6/Western Bypass/C26/C14 (approx. 388 km from the airport). The latter route can be shortened again via the D1982 and save another approx. 44 km.

Those coming from the south usually visit Sossusvlei first. From here head north towards Walvis Bay via the D826/C19/C14 (M36). Another scenic treat.

You can stop over in Walvis Bay on this self-drive trip across Namibia and Botswana or this Namibia Highlights tour – if you want to stay the night and spend more time on site, let us know and we amend your itinerary.

We are always available for questions and support in planning your Namibia holiday – whether on a guided safari or a self-drive tour . Here on site we are always well informed about what’s happening on the ground. So get in touch with us !

Author: Juan Proll

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Traveling has always been Juan Proll's great passion: three years in Latin America, two years in Southeast Asia and Oceania as well as short trips of up to nine months in Europe, Central America, and North Africa. In 2010, he decided to quit his job in Germany as an adult education teacher and head of department for migration issues and to become a ranger in South Africa. Juan has been traveling across Africa since 2011, traveling to southern and eastern Africa and also climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Beforehand, he completed his nature guide training in South Africa and worked in a Big Five game reserve. With further training and intensive self-study to become a cultural guide, Juan has since expanded his field of activity beyond the natural world to include the countries, cultures, and its people. In mid-2013 he joined Africa-Experience and has been guiding travelers through Africa as a safari guide ever since. Juan is a member of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa.

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Video Walvis Bay, Swakopmund & West Coast region

A place of rare beauty and windswept dunes, stark landscapes and jagged coastlines - a world of untamed natural beauty - this is Walvis Bay, the main harbour of Namibia.

Remains of old Navy bunker near Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay is situated on the south west coast of Africa at the edge of the Namib desert and is Namibia's principal port and growth centre.

Walvis Bay's rich natural resources and strategic location provide the basis for tourism and industrial development. The existing environment of growth and prosperity has already contributed to unprecedented interest both nationally and internationally. Seen as the gateway to central and southern Africa, Walvis Bay is in the threshold of a prosperous and dynamic future.

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The municipal area covers 1124 km square and boasts 60 km of Atlantic coastline. On the landward side, Walvis Bay is enclosed by 23 000 square km of conservation area that includes high dunes, wetlands and Kuiseb River delta.

YouTube video of old Navy bunker in the Namib Desert:

Walvis Bay's population of 55 000 people composed of a variety of ethnic groups of different religious and cultural backgrounds, and together they lend Walvis Bay a cosmopolitan appeal. There is no feeling of being a tourist in Walvis Bay, owing to the distinct blend of different cultures.

YouTube : Mondesa tour video - Swakopmund, Namibia:

Historical Background

Walvis Bay, (pronounced Walfish Bay) meaning  "Whale Bay" in Afrikaans, has had a chequered history. The bay has been a haven for sea vessels because of its natural deep water harbour. Being also rich in plankton and marine life, it drew large number of whales. This attracted whalers and  fishing vessels. A succession of colonists have exploited the location and resources of this strategic harbour settlement. The harbour has caught the attention of world powers since it was discovered. This explains the complicated political status of Walvis Bay down the years:

1487: The first European, the renowned Portuguese navigator Bartholomew Diaz anchored his flagship "Sao Cristovao" in Walvis Bay on the 8th of December 1487, on his expedition to find a sea route to East via the Cape of Good Hope. He named the bay Golfo de Sanata Maria da Conceicao. However, the Portuguese did not formally stake a claim of Walvis Bay.

1840: In the scramble for Africa, Great Britain, a premier sea faring nation at the time, annexed Walvis Bay and a small area of the surrounding territory to forestall German ambitions in the region and to ensure safe passage of British ships around the Cape.

1910: Walvis Bay, as well as the Cape Colony, became part of the newly formed Union of South Africa. However, a dispute arose with Germany over the enclave's boundaries. This was eventually settled in 1911 and Walvis Bay was allocated an area of 1124 square km.

1915: South African forces ousted the Germans and Walvis Bay was quickly integrated into the new martial law regime established in  South West Africa. South Africa was later awarded control over South West Africa by the league of Nations.

1921: Civilian rule was restored in South West Africa and Walvis Bay became an integral part of South West Africa.

1971: With independence for South West Africa imminent, South Africa transferred power over Walvis Bay back to its Cape Province.

1977: In its attempt to avoid losing control of Walvis Bay to a possibly hostile SWAPO-led government, the then South African Government reimposed direct rule and reasserted its claim to sovereignty based on the original annexation.

 1978: The United Nations Security Council provided for bilateral negotiations between South Africa and a future Namibia to resolve the political status of Walvis Bay.

1990: South West Africa gained Independence. A new nation, Namibia, was born but Walvis Bay remained under South African control.

1994: Walvis Bay was formally returned to Namibia after the local business community and investors in Walvis Bay applied pressure on the South African authorities to resolve the political status of Walvis Bay.

YouTube : Pelican Point Lodge video - Walvis Bay, Namibia:

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. Relative humidity is approximately 80% and rainfall is less than 20mm per annum. During summer, when temperatures in the interior of Namibia become extreme, Walvis Bay becomes a cool haven for those seeking refuge against inland heat as the weather remains moderate.

An interesting feature on  the coast and stretching up to 40km inland is the fog. This a regular feature of the central Namib throughout the year, often providing the only source of moisture for a variety of endemic invertebrates, reptiles and several short-lived perennial plant species.

Being aware that tourism is one if the world's leading industries and provider of job opportunities, Walvis Bay has capitalized on its well endowed natural resources and scenic beauty. There is much to discover, learn, enjoy and appreciate. Visitors are treated with friendliness and every effort is made to ensure that they are comfortable. The visitor can join in the euphoria of the town with endless possibilities - savouring traditional cuisine such as ostrich, kudu, gemsbok, fish, lobster, calamari and oysters in hotels, restaurants and cafes.

Walvis Bay guarantees every visitor a unforgettable experience! Travel and tour agents in Walvis Bay can arrange tours at short notice for small and large groups.

YouTube : Dolphin cruise from Walvis Bay :

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The main tourist attractions in Walvis Bay are:

Dolphin Park and Long Beach Holiday Resorts

Long Beach Resort and Dolphin Park are located midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. These resorts are bounded by the Atlantic ocean on the west and enchanting sand dunes on the east. Long Beach Resort features tidal pools, a restaurant, barbecue facilities and a caravan park while Dolphin Park provides chalets, a swimming pool, a hydro-slide and barbecue facilities.

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.

YouTube : Pelicans in Walvis Bay

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 120 000 birds, and a feeding station for up to 200 000 birds on their natural migration route to and from the Arctic Circle. The cover 3000 year old stretch of water has been declared a Ramsar (Convention on Wetlands, 1971) site because of its value as a wetland area. The Lagoon is regarded as one of the most important areas for coastal birds and the best flamingo viewing locality in the world. A pleasant walk of just over three kilometers along the Lagoon takes the visitor to Lover's Hill, where information on various aspects of the Lagoon is provided.

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 for family entertainment.

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 colours adorn the desolate plains in season, while herds of Oryx, ostrich, springbok and mountain zebra roam these arid expanses. 

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 water birds. Permits and a 4x4 vehicle are needed to visit Sandwich Harbour. Permits are obtainable at most service stations in Walvis Bay, as well as the Walvis Bay Information Centre. Overnights camping is not allowed and angling is prohibited from January 25 to April 15.

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.

Other places of interest are:

* Rheinische Mission Kirche (a National Monument) * Kuisebmond Market Mall * Civic Centre with its massive wood carvings * Indigenous Topnaar people along the Kuiseb River * Museum * Salt Works * Namib Desert * Hope Locomotive at the railway station

YouTube : Aerial video of Pelican Point Lodge Walvis Bay :

Walvis Bay plays a crucial role in the national development and growth of Namibia and the African subcontinent as a whole. It is the gateway to Namibia as well as other countries in sub-Sahara Africa.

Walvis Bay is entering an exciting period of progress and development. The new millennium promises momentous growth and success. Industries successfully operating in Walvis Bay include:

Traditionally, the economy if Walvis Bay has been based on fishing which is still the biggest employer  (10 000 people). However, there are many other investment opportunities in support and service sectors to the fishing industry, in areas such as marketing, production, packaging and ingredients for fish processing. A separate fishing harbour serves vessels operating from Walvis Bay.

Salt Production

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 supplied to customers throughout southern Africa.

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The exploration for oil and gas along the coast continues. If deposits are found, it would have a positive impact on Walvis Bay's economy. The port serves as an important supply centre to the various companies prospecting along the coast of Namibia.

Investment Infrastructure

Local and foreign investors find Walvis Bay conducive to investment because of a number of positive factors that include:

Strategically Located Port

Walvis Bay has a natural deep water harbour and is the only one if its kind in Namibia. It offers convenient and direct access to African, European and American markets. By using the port of Walvis Bay exporters and importers within guaranteed a saving of at least eight to ten days when shipping to and from markets. The port is managed by Namibia Port Authority (Namport).

Being equipped with modern equipment, machines and an efficient labour force, the port has the capacity to handle over two million tones if cargo each year. Cargo turnaround time is good - never longer than 72 hours. The port's security reputation is excellent with zero theft and absolutely no corruption.  

Export Processing Zone (EPZ)

An attractive package of fiscal incentives for local and foreign investors through the Namibian Export Processing Zone (EPZ) programme was launched at Walvis Bay. In terms of international standards the Namibia EPZ package would be hard to beat, as it offers investors a wide range of benefits and advantages. Some if the benefits are:

* Total exemption from corporate income tax, custom duties, sales taxes, transfer taxes and stamp duties. Only personal income tax on            employee's income needs be paid.

* All incentives are of unlimited duration and apply equally to Namibian and foreign firms.

* Investors can also choose to upgrade the skills of their Namibian employees by making the use of the 75 percent reimbursement by the Namibian government of all direct expenditures incurred on approved on-the-job training courses.

* Freedom from exchange controls and the holding of foreign currency accounts at local banks.

* Legally enforced no-strike clauses for companies with EPZ status.

* Free repatriation of capital and profits.

And of the following production industries are welcome in the EPZ:

* Textile and garments * Footwear, bags & leather or imitation leather products * Manufacturing and assembling of electronic and micro electronic equipment * Processing of industrial products, food stuff and beverages * Industrial plastic (without chemical materials) * Assembling or production of electrical household products * Storage and warehousing * Break-bulk activities (re-packaging)

Keeping the zone running smoothly are two specialised organisations: Walvis Bay EPZ Management Company (WBEPZMC) and the Offshore Development Company (ODC). The WBEPZMC was established in June 1996 by the Walvis Bay Municipality and local enterprises to provided a supporting framework for the EPZ. Some of the services offered by the WBEPZMC included tailor-made factories, administrative and secretarial services, shipping and forwarding and personal recruitment. The ODC handles promotion and marketing worldwide.

Political Stability

Namibia has a stable Government since obtaining independence in 1990. The Government is deeply committed to promoting private entrepreneurship and investment. Its liberalized economy and policies (incentives, loans and infrastructure) attracts both foreign as well as local investment.

An adequate pool of skilled , semiskilled and floor level workers provided able support to investors.

Transport Network

Walvis Bay has an efficient network linking it to the hinterland and neighbouring African countries in the form if all-weather highways, district roads, a railway services and air links to Windhoek as well as other international airports in the region such as Cape Town and Johannesburg. The Walvis Bay airport is also to be upgraded to accommodate large aircraft such as 747s.

Water Supply

Walvis Bay's water is drawn from aquifers in the Kuiseb River and supplied to the town via five reservoirs. A planned desalination plant for the coastal region will ensure the continued supply of water necessary for Walvis Bay's future development and growth.


There is an ample supply of electricity to serve the needs of Walvis Bay and capacity to accommodate new developments. Currently 28 Megawatt power is available which is being increased to 35 Megawatt.

Waste Disposal

Walvis Bay has a modern liquid waste disposal system which produces treated effluent by means of bio-filter and activated sludge process. A process in which sewerage water is treated and make available for reuse has also been introduced. A new solid waste disposal facility that includes a hazardous cell is also being introduced.

The Namibia Constitution guarantees freedom of expression. Walvis Bay has its own newspaper and is covered by all radio stations, television and cable channels.

Road Network

Road transport has increasingly replaced rail as the principal method for international transportation of goods. Walvis Bay is served by well-maintained all-weather road link to the main centres and the rest of Namibia, as well as southern Africa. The Trans-Kalahari Highway links Namibia with South Africa's Gauteng province, shortening the road distance by more than 500 kilometres. The Trans-Kalahari Highway is a fast-flowing transport route to and from neighbouring states such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zaire, and central and east African states.

Rail Network

The town has an efficient system which operates well within its capacity. It conveys bulk commodities, general cargo, refrigerated goods, fuel and offers a comprehensive container service. Walvis Bay is linked to the rail network of Namibia and southern Africa.

Port Facilities

Namibia's window to world trade, the port of Walvis Bay, is recognised as an efficient and economically viable option for cargo to and from Namibia and its central and southern African trade corridors. The port provides the following services; fire protection and security, engineering services, technical services, divers ship repair and dry dock. The port is capable of handling bulk, containerised, petroleum products, frozen and dry cargoes.

Social Infrastructure

Health Sector

Walvis Bay has two well equipped hospitals and three clinics as well as medical support professionals in the private sector.

Education Sector

Primary schools, secondary schools, a seaman's training college, three libraries and a museum provide adequate development of human resources.

A pool of high standard as well as affordable houses which are fully serviced with water, electricity, sewerage and network of surfaced streets are available. New erven, both commercial and residential, are being surveyed and made available on the open market to residents and investors.

Institutional Support Services

Banking institutions provided comprehensive domestic and international banking services and ensure fast and efficient transfer of funds to and from any centre in the world. Organised commerce is supported by an active Chamber of Commerce and a Port User's Association.

Sports, Recreation and Leisure

Walvis Bay offers a variety of sports and recreation facilities for those who wish to keep fit and enjoy an active outdoors lifestyle. Golf, tennis, bowls, sailing, cricket, soccer and rugby are popular outdoor sports while indoor sports include squash, netball, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, aerobics and boxing. The  Indoor Sport Complex is a modern international standard facility. 

For those interested in competitive sea sports, the Walvis Bay Yacht Club, next to the Lagoon, organises regattas in which hobby cats, fireballs and catamarans compete. The Lagoon is also ideal for wind surfing. Annual highlights are the Yacht Race (December) between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund; a coastal adventure cruise to Luderitz; the Walvis Bay Speed Week, where international wind surfers compete; six-a-side Touch Rugby tournament (December); a triathlon (December) and the Weskus 4x4 Vasbyt (December) designed to test the skill and endurance of drivers and vehicles.

Those interested in atmospheric aquatic adventures can go Kayaking on the Lagoon with an experienced tour guide. This expedition also provides an opportunity to come into contact with seals and, if lucky, dolphins. Tour operators offer exclusive trips for shark fishing, angling, beach fishing, game hunting or simply sightseeing.





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    Walvis Bay Tourism Centre. C/O union str and 5th Road Walvis Bay, Namibia Telephone: +264 64 207 444 ... C/O union str and 5th Road Walvis Bay, Namibia +264 64 207 444; [email protected]; About Us. Our offices are easy to find and have a host of facilities. We're always keen to help you make the most of you visit, so please feel free to ...

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    Sandwich Harbour is a natural bay that has awed and inspired many a visitor and traveller. With its rolling dunes falling into the ocean and the large lagoon, this unspoiled bay is a haven for birds and marine life, while creating the most amazing feeling of grandeur and beauty in such a stark environment. ... Walvis Bay, Namibia +264 64 207 ...

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    Namibia, Africa. Walvis Bay (vahl-fis bay) is pleasant, particularly around the new waterfront development and along the esplanade. A cluster of bars and restaurants right on the water overlook the the harbor and the big machinery of the port not far away. It has a very genuine, relaxed feel. The town proper is not super compact and your own ...

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    On the central coast, Swakopmund, a resort town, and Walvis Bay, Namibia's main seaport, offer an oasis's where the sea meets the desert. The towns offer adrenaline-rush activities and are considered Namibia's "adventures hub". The list of activities for any tourist alike are endless, ranging from quad biking, boat cruise, camel riding, dune surfing, skydiving, fishing, camel

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    Walvis Bay, with its large bay and sand dunes, is an important centre of tourism activity in Namibia. Attractions include the artificial Bird Island, centre of a guano collection industry, the Dune 7 sand dune, the salt works, the abundant birdlife, and a museum.

  11. Walvis Bay in Namibia

    Walvis Bay in Namibia - more than just the main port city. Travel Tips. Rich whale and fish deposits, a natural and safe deep-water harbor that is also suitable for larger ships, as well as the military-strategic and geopolitical potential determined the history of Walvis Bay in Namibia. Its significance as a port city remains.

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    Go if you get the chance and are near... 5. Dunes Mall. Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia is all about customisation. It has been designed specifically to accommodate coastal Namibian weather conditions. The single level mall, is situated on the main road…. 6. Walvis Bay Esplanade. 7.

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    Walvis Bay is situated on the south west coast of Africa at the edge of the Namib desert and is Namibia's principal port and growth centre. Walvis Bay's rich natural resources and strategic location provide the basis for tourism and industrial development.

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    Check out these best things to do in Walvis Bay, Namibia. 1. Climb on top of the famous Dune 7. Apart from the fish, the port, and the protests back in the 90s, Walvis Bay is also famous for Dune 7. This is the tallest dune in the coastal area, and one of the top Walvis Bay attractions.

  15. Walvis Bay Tourism and Info Centre

    Walvis Bay Tourism and Info Centre, Walvis Bay. 2,663 likes · 701 were here. Tourism and Info Centre

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    Walvis Bay Tourism Centre Walvis Bay. See 2 social pages including Facebook and Google, Hours, Phone, Email, Website and more for this business. 3.5 Cybo Score. Walvis Bay Tourism Centre is working in Travel agencies, Tour operators, Travel and transportation activities. Review on Cybo.

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    6. Dunes Mall. Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia is all about customisation. It has been designed specifically to accommodate coastal Namibian weather conditions. The single level mall, is situated on the main road…. 7. Walvis Bay Esplanade. 8. Stella Maris Catholic Church.

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    Walvis Bay railway station is a railway station serving the port city of Walvis Bay in Namibia. Walvis Bay railway station is situated 2 km north of Walvis Bay Tourism Info Centre. Localities in the Area

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    Accommodation. Affordable self-catering accommodation. Self-catering rooms. Dorm for larger groups. Secure parking. Free WIFI. Linen provided.

  20. Southern Africa's Ramsar Sites: Walvis Bay (Namibia)

    Walvis Bay, with its large bay and sand dunes, is an important centre of tourism activity in Namibia. The lagoon is the scenic feature, and as mentioned above, one of the most important wetlands of southern Africa supporting thousands of migratory birds. There is a pedestrian walkway along the eastern shore of the lagoon for walking, cycling ...

  21. Walvis Bay Tourism Centre

    Pelican Point Tour. Knowledgeable guides take you on a 4x4 excursion via the Walvis Bay Lagoon to the remote location of Pelican Point where you will witness the 35 metre high Lighthouse (built in 1932),Cape Fur Seal Colony and a variety of bird species.

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    Kayak Tour. Experience the 40km drive to Pelican Point across the oceans' edge of the Namib Desert. Here you start kayaking past the lighthouse, around Pelican Point to the seal colony. Excellent bird viewing and delightful seals and Heavy side Dolphins come to play around your kayak. Your guide will take some pictures of your journey so ask ...

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    Tours we offer; We offer a range of spectacular and memorable tours, from the ocean to the sky and everything in between.