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Walvis Bay - CEI **/CEI*
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Africa Championship 2010

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Unique experience

Walvis Bay is well suited for the outdoor lifestyle, boasting sports such as sandboarding, kiting, surfing, swimming, angling, sailing, golf and other in- and outdoor sport codes.

During the December holidays Walvis Bay and its surrounding resorts come to life as beach sports, events and entertainment draw thousands of visitors, who want to wind down and soak up the sun. During this time anglers flock to the coast to catch some of the best quality and largest edible fish in Africa. These include steenbras, kabeljou, snoek and other delicious varieties.

The Dolphin Park and Long Beach resorts attract many visitors who choose to stay close to the ocean with the luxury of well-equipped accommodation and facilities. Tour operators offer various tour packages whether by quad-bike, off-road vehicles, sea excursions or scenic flights by plane.

Undoubtedly amongst the most famous desert landmarks in Namibia is Dune 7, one of the highest crests in the dune belt along the coast. With picnic sites and shaded with palm trees the dune is a popular sand-boarding haunt, while simply climbing to the top to see the view is an adventure on its own. The coastal dunes are popular with para-gliding, sand-boarding and quad biking enthusiasts.

The Walvis Bay Lagoon and Aquatic Activities

The dominant south-westerly winds create ideal conditions for a variety of water-sports and regattas for hobbie cats, fireballs and catamarans are organised by the Walvis Bay Yacht Club. The Lagoon is an international Ramsar sanctuary for birds. Estimated to be 3500 years old it is one of the most important coastal wetlands in Southern Africa.

As a must-visit for bird lovers, it provides a feeding ground for 200,000 birds of 50 species including flamingos, the chestnut-banded plover, Damara terns, pelicans, cormorants and sea gulls. A 3km long promenade ensures a scenic stroll on its edges. Further south lie the red to blue hues of the largest solar salt evaporation fields in Africa.

Those keen to explore the open sea can set off in a sea kayak with an experienced guide. In addition to close-up views of Cape fur seals and water birds, bottle-nosed dolphins and occasionally leather-back turtles and whales are also spotted.

Visible from the main road, a few kilometres North of Walvis Bay visitors can see the Guano Platform. The platform covers 17,000 square metres and rests on 1,000 free-standing wooden stilts. Today the platform is home to thousands of birds as a nesting perch.

Kuiseb River Delta

As the Kuiseb River approaches the Atlantic coast south of Walvis Bay it disappears in a maze at the foot of the dunes.

The area has been home to the Khoikhoi nomads for over 2,000 years. Their previous abodes are still found all over the delta. The descendants of the Khoikhoi people, now known as the Topnaars, still live in the area tending sheep and goats in this harsh environment.

In the dry riverbeds the Topnaars harvest the seeds of an endemic melon called !nara as a source of income. The seeds of this unique fruit are highly nutritious and said to have medicinal properties. The Kuiseb River Canyon, located about 135 km from Walvis Bay en route to Windhoek is one of the many attractions in the area. It is estimated that the canyon was formed about two million years ago.

Occasionally the strong desert winds expose and rebury remains of horse skeletons that were euthanised due to glandular fever at the start of the 20th century. In the delta elephant tracks from the 18th century have been immortalized in the silt, along with the tracks of zebra, ostrich and cattle tracks. Ox-wagon trails on the "Bay road" built in 1844 for trade mission trips between Windhoek and Walvis Bay are also visible in the delta.

Namib Naukluft Park

The Namib Naukluft Park lies south-east of Walvis Bay and is home to one of the world’s strangest plants, the Welwitschia. This unique plant can reach a venerable age of more than a thousand years, surviving on the moist air from the ocean. It only has two leaves which the desert winds seperate in strands.

In this area the landscape varies from expansive gravel plains interspersed with granite island mountains north of the Kuiseb River to the vast dune sea of the Namib Desert to the south of the Kuiseb River.  Herds of gemsbok (oryx) and springbok, mountain zebra, baboons and klipspringers as well as flocks of ostrich, roam the plains.

Also set in the park is the Gobabeb Training and Research station. This important facility has been in existance since 1961 and is involved in the promotion of suitable lifestyles and practices through the management of natural resources in arid environments.

 Sandwich Harbour

48 km south of Walvis Bay the imposing dunes of the Namib desert spill down to a lagoon and virgin beaches to create one of the most scenic spots along the Namib coast, called Sandwich Harbour. Used as a deep-water anchorage for sailing vessels in the 1800s, Sandwich Harbour is also an important wetland.

The area is part of the conservation area to allow bird species and marine life to thrive. It supports more than 180,000 birds, mainly migrant wading birds.

Back in Walvis Bay, The Rhenish Mission Church, situated on 5th road in Walvis Bay, was built in Hamburg, Germany in 1879 and shipped to harbour town. Another national monument is the Hope Locomotive. The locomotive was brought into the Walvis Bay Harbour in 1899 and initially used in the harbour before unsuccessful attempts were made to run it on the narrow-gauge railway line to Plum.

The Civic Centre hosts the Town Hall, council offices, a museum and a library. The Town Hall was built in 1967. The massive hand carved teak carvings and the mohair tapestry at the Council Chambers need to be seen to be appreciated.

In recent years Walvis Bay has also attracted cruise ships. Some of the vessels include the "Queen Elizabeth II", the "Europa" and the "Crystal Symphony".


Contact Info:

List of Officials (PDF)

Annette Hanekom
Secretary NERA - Co-ordinator Walvis Bay

Tel: +264-62-501952
Fax: +264-62-504521
Mobile: +264-81 122 2059 
Zelda von Schauroth
FEI - Liaison Officer/Sponsorship Namibia

Mobile: +264 81 127 7578

Sonja van der Walt

Mobile: +264 81 127 8633

Kallie Grunschloss
Liaison Officer - Route and Infrastructure
Tel: +264 81 129 9119

Mike Bredenkamp
Route Co-ordinator/Sponsorship Walvis Bay
Mobile: +264- 81 128 3333
Wendy Venter
Webmaster NERA

Mobile: +264 81 127 5501
Walvis Bay Accommodation
Accommodation Prices
Accommodation elsewhere in Namibia
Car Rentals

Europcar - Tel: +264 64 207391 or 0811278110 

Budget Rent-A-Car - Tel: +264 64 204128 

Avis Car Hire - Tel: +264 64 20752

Emergency Numbers Walvis Bay
Ambulance 064-216309
International SOS Namibia 200200
or 081707
Emed 24 061-299 9924
061-305924  /  081 924
Fire Brigade  064-201 3301  /  081 122 0833
Sea Rescue Services 064-208 2263
or 064-208 2264
Welwitschia Hospital
064-21 8911
State Hospital 064-21 6300
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BANK CODE 282273
ACCOUNT NO 62232770207


Fax: 00264 61 302294 or 00264 61 248062
Mobile: 0811278633
00264 811278633
Telephone: 00264 61 302293

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P.O. Box 30963, Windhoek, Namibia
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