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WALVIS BAY NAMIBIA'S PREMIER PORT. The Portuguese Explorer Mariners called it the Bay of Whales, "Baia das Baleias" The Coast of Namibia has been known for centuries for its rich fishing grounds...

 

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Walvis Bay Namibia's Permier Port Town

The Portuguese Explorer Mariners called it the Bay of Whales, "Baia das Baleias"

 

 

Walvis Bay Harbour Fishing Fleet Section

The Fishing Fleet Section of Walvis Bay Harbour

The Coast of Namibia has been known for centuries for its rich fishing grounds and Walvis Bay is the country's main fishing port. The harbor is modern with all of the support systems that are

needed for deep sea vessels. It is becoming a popular stopping place for cruise liners from which the passengers can enjoy day excursions to see the attractions of the Namib-Desert and nearby Swakopmund.

One of the big attractions for visitors to Walvis Bay are the Dolphin and Seal Cruises. It's an experience you won't forget. Some of the seals will actually climb up into your ski-boat and 'ask' you to feed them some fresh pilchards. You'll be given champagne and local Oysters as refreshments. And you might just see a Whale or two!

 

Waolvis Bay Picturesque Inner Lagoon

Flamingos Feeding In The Inner Lagoon

Walvis Bay With Humpback Whale Cruising

I'll Be Back. A Humpback Whale Cruising Off Walvis-bay

 

The early Portuguese mariners called it 'Baia das Baleias' (The Bay of Whales), and in the 19th century Namibia Waters were a favorite Plunder Ground for the American, British and French Whaling fleets. The disgraceful slaughter of these magnificent mammals continued until the mid 1960s by which time the world was nearly "Whaled Out". Thankfully, recent years have witnessed an increase in Whale sightings in the  Walvis Bay Area. The wind-conditions on the Outer-Lagoon make this one of the best venues in the world for Wind-surfer and Kite-Surfer Speed-Sailing. Each year the 'Best' come for the Speed-Sailing and each year they push it further towards the 50 knot goal. Bring your board and rig

 

Walvis Bay Harbour with RMS St Helena

Mail Ship St Helena

The early Portuguese mariners called it 'Baia das Baleias' (The Bay of Whales), and in the 19th century Namibia Waters were a favorite Plunder Ground for the American, British and French Whaling fleets. The disgraceful slaughter of these magnificent mammals continued until the mid 1960s by which time the world was nearly "Whaled Out". Thankfully, recent years have witnessed an increase in Whale sightings in the  Walvis Bay Area.

 

There is still no air landing strip on Saint Helena Island (where Napoleon was exiled to). So, the Royal Mail Ship St Helena sails to and from Walvis Bay with supplies, passengers, and the mail for the islanders.

 

The wind-conditions on the Outer-Lagoon make this one of the best venues in the world for Wind-surfer and Kite-Surfer Speed-Sailing. Each year the 'Best' come for the Speed-Sailing and each year they push it further towards the 50 knot goal. Bring your board and rig.

Walvis Bay Map of lagoon area

 

Road Distances from Walvis Bay

Solitaire Sossuslvei Maltahohe C14 Mariental Swakopmund Windhoek B2
260 / 162 405 / 252 426 / 265 545 / 339 35 / 22 389 / 247
Roadside Cross on the B2 between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Self Drive: There are only 2 roads to Walvis Bay.

The B2 tarred road from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay

The C14 Gravel road across the Namib Desert

 Cautionary Notes:  The B2 road is often blanketed with mist in the early mornings. The road is quite busy and you are advised to drive with your headlights on, even in the day-time. The road is quite scenic having the Coastal belt of Sand dunes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Please concentrate on your driving there are blind spots on the road. There are a great number of Namibians who drive recklessly and it is on this particular road where their shortcomings are regularly put to test. You will see memorial crosses planted alongside the road. It has been claimed that this 30km stretch of the B2 is one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

The C14 Gravel road across the Namibia Desert. Drivers are warned to concentrate while driving on gravel roads. Sharp stones can cause blow-outs. Beware when approaching bends in the road. 

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Of Interest:  80% of Southern Africa's Flamingos feed in the Walvis Bay Wetland Reserve. 70% of the World's Chestnut-Banded Plovers rely on The Wetlands for their survival

 

Anjo Estates Walvis Bay

 
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