Walvis Bay Port Guide

The Walvis Bay Port, a natural deepwater port, is located on the west coast of Southern Africa, and is the main port in Namibia, "the land of open spaces." The town of Walvis Bay received official status in 1931, and became known as Walvisbaai. The town is located at the end of the TransNamib Railway, in the Kuiseb River delta, and is home to approximately 50,000 residents. Restaurants, museums, and old churches dot the area, and nature lovers can spot exotic species of birds in the wetlands. Tourists who love outdoor activities can experience the desert while remaining close to the ocean.

Shopping

Visitors can find African art, gifts, crafts, jewelry, curios, minerals, and even safari clothes in Walvis Bay. Some of the more unusual and interesting shops are Amazing Things, Desert Jewelers and Curios, Capricorn Studio, The Glass Chameleon, the Jewelry Boutique, and Musica.

Things to See

Walvis Bay is a bird watcher's paradise. Over 200,000 exotic migratory birds can be spotted in the wetlands, so be sure to bring your binoculars. Pelicans and flamingoes are among the species of over 120,000 sea birds who live at Walvis Bay. Visit the Birdlife Information Centre to find out more about the various species of the area. Walvis Bay and Sandwich Harbour are lagoons known as being "Wetlands of international Importance." Record numbers of flamingo have been seen in the area. This is also a popular spot for avid fishermen. A permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Fisheries. The Kuiseb Delta is unique because of its archeological sites. Evidence of the Topnaar, a Namibian community, can be seen here.

If you love dolphins, tour the bay on a dolphin cruise to see these enchanting creatures in their natural habitat. Dune boarding and kite surfing are among the activities that attract tourists. The most prominent dune, "Dune 7" offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the bay and surrounding area. Freshwater lagoons for swimming and observing sea life attract tourists, and one of the most popular areas is Sandwich Harbor.

The Namib Desert covers an area of approximately 31,200 square miles in Namibia and Angola, and is the oldest in the world. The desert forms part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, an ecological preserve where species such as geckos, insects, hyenas, hjackals, and snakes live. It's the largest game preserve in Africa.

The Rhenish Mission Church was founded in 1880, and is the oldest building in Walvis Bay. The materials used to build the church were shipped from Hamburg, Germany. The Walvis Bay Museum has interesting artifacts that relate to local history.

Restaurants and Bars

A number of good restaurants and bars are located in the area. Among the more popular are The Raft, situated on a lagoon pier, which serves excellent and unique seafood dishes, with an incredible view. The Walvis Bay Yacht Club's Oyster Restaurant with a sumptuous seafood menu, is the perfect location for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. Crazy Mamma's serves delicious pizza, pasta, seafood, and meat dishes. The restaurant has a beergarden, and sports pub. The Pelican Bay Hotel's Aquarius Restaurant serves local seafood dishes; perfectly prepared. Langholm Hotel private bar and lounge are near the Walvis Bay Lagoon and Yacht Club. The restaurant serves pre-arranged lunches and dinners.

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