"The unexpected wonderful wildlife of Walvis Bay" Top 5 Page for this destination Walvisbaai by CatherineReichardt

Walvisbaai Travel Guide: 82 reviews and 214 photos

Walvis ('whale' in Afrikaans) Bay is Namibia's only deep sea harbour and largest port, located about 35km south of the more heavily touristed Swakopmund.

Due to its strategic importance, it had a bizarre late 20th century history, being 'transferred' in 1971 by the South African government from South West Africa (then under South African administration) to form part of South Africa's Cape Province. Despite Namibia achieving independence in 1990, Walvis Bay remained an isolated tiny outpost of South Africa, and only became part of Namibia four years later.

Those beginning to research the possibiluty of travelling to Namibia may not realise that Walvis provides an interesting alternative point of entry to Nambia. There are a couple of flights from Johannesburg a day operated by Air Namibia and SA Express, and these carriers also operate services from Cape Town. Whilst generally more expensive than the Jo'burg-Windhoek flight (as there isn't so much competition, and none of the low cost carriers service this route), it's not extortionately expensive, and you may find that there are special deals on offer. If you are hiring a car, then it might well be worth investigating the possibility of flying into Windhoek and out of Walvis (or vice versa) to save yourself the extra driving time and additional hire car and fuel costs involved in driving a circular route.

For more on attractions in the area, follow this link:

My Swakopmund Page page
My Usakos page
My Karibib page
My Otjimbingwe page
My Omaruru page

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:An unpretentious working port with spectacular marine life
  • Cons:The town itself is not particularly cultured or scenic
  • In a nutshell:Well worth the short drive south from Swakop!
  • Intro Updated Oct 23, 2011
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    That's a cute seal in your intro photo! The harbour tour seemed to have been very nice.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    I would never have thought there were this type of wildlife opportunities left in Namibia.


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