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

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Henties Bay was named after one Major Hendrik 'Hentie' Stefanus van der Merwe. In 1929, during a hunting expedition, he found a natural spring here after running low on water. Recognising it to be a great spot for relaxation, he later returned and built a wooden hut in the riverbed. As friends and family got wind of the place, they began to join him and the place became known as Henties Bay and ultimately developed into a tourist destination. Much of the early attraction was due to the abundance of fish at this spot. In fact, when Portuguese explorer, Bartolomeu Dias, sailed down this coast back in 1488 he named it Praia das Sardinhas or Coast of Fish for the very same reason. These days fishing is just one of the things that draws people to this small coastal town.

Traveller Description

This is a popular holiday destination for Namibians, especially those who are keen on 4x4ing and/or fishing. Although the municipal area of Henties Bay is excluded from the recently-proclaimed Dorob National Park, you should take note of restricted roads outside the town. The town is a gateway to adventures like horse riding, 4x4 routes and quad biking in the adjacent Namib Desert, but you need to book these through tour operators. From Henties Bay you can visit the Cape Cross seal colony to the north or Swakopmund to the south. And, don’t forget the 9-hole golf course, where the fairways are desert sand!

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Henties Bay Tourism, Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Postal :  P.O. Box 595, Henties Bay, Namibia
Contact :  Henties Bay Tourism
Tel :  +264(0)64 501 143
Email :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  MTC

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station :  Yes   Police Telephone :  +264(0)64 500 201
Doctor : Yes   Doctor Telephone :  +264 85 769 9469 (Dr. Justin Motombo)
Petrol :  Yes   Petrol Type :  ULP/LRP
Diesel :  Yes
Towing Service :  Yes   Towing Service Telephone :  +264(0)81 129 7490 / +264(0)62 500 132 (Polka 24hr services)
Facilities :  Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Mechanical Repair

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities :  Carwash. Municipal. School/s. Waste Disposal Site. Medical Centre. Amusement Park/Game Centre. Real Estate Services. Telecommunication. Government Services. Bar/s.

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Horse Trails, Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Surfing, Sandboarding, Canoeing, Sailing, Boat Trips, Bird Watching, Stargazing, Photography
Notes on Activities :  Desert Excursions. (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information [ correction ]
Closest Main Route :  C34 & B2

Besides two campsites, guest houses and B&Bs, many holiday houses are available for rent.

Every August, the Hentiesfees is celebrated here, featuring a music festival, angling competition, beer tent and various sporting events.

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!

There is only a clinic in town +264(0)64 500 020.

The town is well populated with small shops, a pharmacy and restaurants.
There is a Laundry service at the Spar centre. The Spar has a Butchery and Bakery. There is a dentist.

Henties Bay is often misty and windy, so remember to take a wind shield if you choose to camp here.

 Travel Tip!

The abandoned salt mine southeast of Henties Bay is worth a visit. It’s situated on the Old Salt Mine 4x4 Trail within the Dorob National Park. The man-made salt pans and old implements are still clearly visible. Take care to drive around the pans as they are porous and your vehicle will get stuck. A heap of whalebones and an old boiler indicate that whales were once processed here. Interesting natural phenomena in the area are quartz crystals, triangular shaped stones and granite boulders. Pay a visit to the new tourism centre for more information on things to do in Henties Bay.

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“Hentiesbaai is the anglers paradise of Southern Africa. We enjoyed a wonderful seafood meal in Henties on our way to Swakopmund. <a href="" target="_blank">Read a Trip Report to Swakopmund via Hentiesbaai in Namibia.</a>” - Pieter Theron, 2009/05/10

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