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Located in Namibia :: Skeleton Coast  :: Walvis Bay
Category: Places :: City


In 1487 Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Diaz put down anchor in a natural harbour he named ‘O Golfo de Santa Maria da Conceição’ but, for reasons never adequately explained, never laid claim to this land. Almost three centuries later, in 1793, the Cape Dutch staked the first colonial title. Just two years on, Walvis Bay was annexed by the British, however, in 1910 it was included in the South African Union. It was only in 1994 that this harbour returned to indigenous hands after South Africa and Namibia negotiated its return. Walvis Bay has always been Namibia’s main harbour town, with a fishing industry that flourished until its partial collapse in the 70s due to mismanagement. In recent years the harbour has been developed to facilitate more container trade.

Traveller Description

For many years Walvis Bay was the shabby cousin to genteel Swakopmund just up the coast. But these days this harbour town has become a holiday destination in its own right. Harbour activities include dolphin cruises, catamaran trips, fishing expeditions and kayaking; while the adjacent desert offers pursuits like hiking, sand boarding, paragliding, balloon rides, sky diving and quad biking. A lagoon features rich bird life and offers many recreational activities, like kayaking out to Pelican Point to visit the seal colony.

Address :  Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  MTC. LEO

Destination Information
Police Hospital Doctor Embassy Tourist Information Office Petrol Diesel Gas Refill Laundromat Shopping Mall Shopping Centre Bank ATM Foreign Exchange Internet Cafe Lodging Camping Butchery Bakery Liquor Restaurant Pharmacy Airport Car Rental Tyre Repair Tyre Sales Mechanical Repair Towing Service
Facilities :  Tour Services
Police Telephone :  +264(0)64 219 048
Hospital Telephone :  +264(0)64 218 911
Doctor Telephone :  +264(0)64 204 356
Embassy Telephone :  +264(0)64 206 934
Tourist Information Telephone :  +264(0)64 207 444
Towing Service Telephone :  +264(0)81 149 8750
Petrol Type :  ULP/LRP

Other Facilities :  Sport Centre. Auto Glass Repair. Auto Dealer. Auto Spares. Auto Specialist Service. Government Services. Prison. School/s. Commercial Offices. Industrial sites. Warehouse/s. Fire Brigade. Optometrist. Canteen/Snackbar/Tuckshop. Fast Food. Carwash. Upholsters. Veterinarian/Animal Hospital.

Game Viewing Game Drives Quad Bikes 4WD Trails Tours and Excursions Hiking Trails Guided Walks Mountain Biking Horse Trails Fishing Swimming Canoeing Boat Trips Bird Watching Hot-air Balloon Flights Photography
Picnics, Camel Rides, Animal Feeding, Golf, Surfing, Sandboarding, Water Skiing, Sea_Kayaking, Sailing, Whale or Dolphin Watching, Scenic Flights
Notes on Activities :  Desert Excursions.

Travelling Information

Since the Dorob National Park was proclaimed on 1 December 2010, you need to be aware that only the C14, C28 and D1998 are open to the public without a permit. However, you're not allowed to wonder off the road once you are inside the National Park. Permits to use other roads in the park are obtainable from the offices of Nature Conservation in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. (According to stakeholders the main objective of the proclamation of the park was to stop environmental destruction by off-road driving; and not the restriction of movement).

Fishmar is the embassy agent.

Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia.
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are legal payment instruments, but many fuel stations choose NOT to accept Debit and/or Credit cards. But generally credit cards are accepted at garages in bigger and touristy towns. Take extra cash with still in case!

The hospital is a private hospital.
There is a dentist.

Walvis Bay offers plenty in the way of shops, restaurants and accommodation. And because it’s a working harbour you’ll also find engineering businesses and the like. So, it’s not a bad spot for mechanical repairs and refurbishment.
There is also a Spar, Spur and Wimpy restaurant.

Alternative number to Walvis Bay Information centre is +264(0)81 868 8520.

 Travel Tip!

Dune 7, the highest dune in the area, lies just outside the town. It’s a long trudge to the top but the views are worth the effort. Eco Marine runs kayak tours out to Pelican Point, and if you’re looking for a bite to eat, the Raft restaurant offers a memorable dining experience. This wooden building stands on stilts in the lagoon, at the end of its own jetty.

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