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Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay seems to take up more space than Swakopmund, but it is quieter and has less character. It is perfect for relaxation and good food, as well as birding.

The area attracts large flocks of seabirds including migrant waders, flamingos and pelicans congregate in the lagoon, which most of the town’s activity focuses around.

Walvis Bay is around 5,000 years old. As the oldest lagoon on the Namibian coast it provides food and shelter for up to 150,000 birds throughout the year, and food for 200,000 migratory birds on their bi-annual migration to the Arctic.


The town has a yacht club where you can hire a boat or take a yacht to Pelican Point to see dolphins in the lagoon. Bird Island is also a popular destination, in October and November you may spot humpback, southern right, Minke and killer whales. In April is a good time for seeing leatherback turtle.

Fishing is a popular occupation here. Big-game fish in and around the bay include copper sharks, steenbras, barber, goljoen and Garrick.

Walvis Bay is a good destination for watersports with kitesurfing and windsurfing tuition and equipment hire available. Surfing is also becoming more popular in the region.

Just outside the town is a diamond factory. Join a tour and discover the journey of a diamond from ground to jewel. There’s is also a shop which sells the diamonds made in this factory.

A little further afield there are stables for horse riding catering for both novices and experienced riders. Explore the lunar landscape and the Swakop River Valley on well- trained horses. Camel-riding is also available to take excursions into the desert.

For those with an interest in geology, mining or engineering, Rssing mine is an enormous open-cast uranium mine with some of the biggest lorries in the world. The mine has set up some viewpoints which give an extremely alternative view of the desert as well as information plaques and videos that take you through the mining process.

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