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; 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, and is the oldest lagoon on Namibia’s coast, providing 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 from which you can hire a boat or take a yacht to Pelican Point to see dolphins in the lagoon, and beyond. Bird Island is also a popular destination, and in October and November there are often whales in the water, including humpback, southern right, Minke and killer whales. In April there is a chance to see leatherback turtle.
Fishing is also a popular occupation here, with big-game fish in the water around the bay including copper sharks, steenbras, barber, goljoen and Garrick. As well as this, you can try watersports such as kitesurfing and windsurfing, with equipment and lessons available in one-to-one tuition. Surfing is also becoming more popular in the region.
Just outside the town is a diamond factory which gives tours to show the journey of a diamond from ground to jewel, and there is also a shop which sells the diamonds made in this factory.
Outside the town yet still in the area, riding is available for novices and experienced riders on well-trained horses into the moon landscape and the Swakop River Valley. 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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