Walvis Bay, Namibia - Africa Cruises

The 'Diamond of Africa' is a country of stark beauty and contrasting landscapes. It is home to the world’s oldest desert, the world’s highest sand dunes, and a diversity of people that have created an intriguing blend of cultures and traditions. Found between the sand dunes of the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean, the large natural lagoon of Walvis Bays is home to prolific birdlife.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Moon Landscape & Welwitschia Valley

    Venture to Namib Naukluft Park to discover of the treasures of the Namib.

    Moon Landscape & Welwitschia Valley

    Your scenic coach drive will take you to the Namib passing by endless waves of sand dunes, stopping for a photo at Dune 7.

    Turn onto the Welwitschia Drive where the landscape becomes dotted with the extraordinary Welwitschia Mirablis plant. These prehistoric plants that are unique to Namibia, have adapted to their harsh habitat, they only produce two leaves in their lifetime and have a lifespan of over 500 years.

    Continue onto the ‘lunar landscape’ of this vast area of eroded valleys where you can almost imagine you are on the moon. Enjoy the breath taking views, before driving onwards to Walvis Bay via the coastal road, passing sand dunes on one side and the sea on the other.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is involves walking over rocky and uneven terrain. Guests will spend time outdoors, standing in the sun, so comfortable clothing and shoes, a sun hat and sun block are strongly recommended.

    Tour code

    WVB_010

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Living Desert

    A unique opportunity to discover The Namib Desert, the oldest desert in the world.

    Living Desert

    The word Namib means place of emptiness, and this tour shows the life in this desolate landscape by 4x4 vehicles. The scenic drive will take you to the famous Namib Desert to search for the living creatures of the desert. Your knowledgeable guide will help seek out the elusive Palmato Gecko and Desert Sidewinder, both inhabitants of the dunes. Follow the caterpillar tracks across the dune slip-face to possibly find a Sidewinder lying submerged in ambush for an unsuspecting Aporasaura Sand Diving Lizard.

    The 4x4 drivers will drive you over the mighty dunes, stopping to teach you about the flora whilst allowing ample opportunity for photography to capture amazing memories of this unique part of the planet. A stop will be made at Sundowner Dune for refreshments and to relax and take in the magnificent views. Discover where the Fish Moths live, and even hear a dune roar during the adventure. There might even be the opportunity to spot the Damara Tern, an endangered bird, before taking the coastal road and returning to the ship.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by 4x4 vehicle and on foot. It is extremely hot and dry in the desert therefore sun hats, sun block, sunglasses and bottled water are essential. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate.

    Tour code

    WVB_008

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5¼ hours

  • Treasures of Namibia

    Discover the treasures of the Namib Desert during this memorable off-road adventure, and enjoy a stop at spectacular Walvis Bay.

    Treasures of Namibia

    Your coastal drive heads towards Swakopmund, and then east to the Namib-Naukluft Park. The Namib is one of the oldest deserts in the world, home to the world's highest-shifting sand dunes and adorned with a kaleidoscope of vivid colours. Upon arrival, explore the unique plant life and terrain of this arid region.

    Continue through the Swakop River Valley and the Moon Landscape. This vastly-eroded valley has an appearance similar to that of the moon's surface, created by the winds that reduced mountains to spectacular rock formations and sand. Proceed for a visit to Welwitschia Valley, where thousands of Welwitschia plants are scattered about. A stop will be made to view these fascinating plants, along with a variety of interesting lichen plants before enjoying a glass of sparkling wine.

    Re-board your off-road vehicle for the return drive along the dune belt to Dune 7, and on to Walvis Bay. En route, a brief visit will be made to the Walvis Bay Lagoon and the tidal flood plains.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by 4x4 vehicles. It is extremely hot and dry in the desert therefore sun hats, sun block, sunglasses and bottled water are essential. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate.

    Tour code

    WVB_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Mondesa Township

    Experience the reality of conditions of those living in the Mondesa township, as well as the great spirit of the people and their children.

    Mondesa Township

    Drive along the coastal road, to the Mondesa Township in Swakopmund, which was established in the early 1950's to provide housing for Owambo, Damara and Herero people working in Swakopmund.

    Discover another world as you enter Mondesa, a side of town that is more African, more complex and, with the assistance of your specialist guide, will become much more personal. Mondesa is a township where poverty and unemployment is high and where low income families live. By opening their lives to travellers and visitors, the township community raises awareness and can provide opportunities for growth, friendship, support and a greater understanding between varied cultures.

    This unique cultural experience depicts a different style of life; each customised tour lasts about three hours with the aim of immersing visitors in township life. All interaction with the community is done in a non-intrusive manner respecting their privacy at all times. Learn some history, bridge the cultural gap through understanding, watch a demonstration of Mahango preparation, taste some unusual food and enjoy the children dancing.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of intermittent walking on this tour over some uneven surfaces. Please take care of personal belongings at all times at the Township. A portion of each visitor fee is deposited in a community fund. Please note that most of the sites visited on this tour are part of an African Township, with much poverty. Be prepared for this aspect of the tour, as it is definitely a ‘no frills’ experience. Tour itinerary order may vary. Sun block, hats and comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    WVB_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Sandwich Harbour by 4x4

    Exceptional views and an exhilarating journey by 4x4 make this an unforgettable tour.

    Sandwich Harbour by 4x4

    Board your 4x4 vehicle for the journey south to Sandwich Harbour. Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, Sandwich Harbour is one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands. The extensive mudflats are a wildlife lover’s dream due to the concentration for migratory shorebirds, waders and flamingos.

    Pause briefly en route at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to photograph the masses of flamingos and other birds that inhabit one of the biggest natural wetlands in the Southern Hemisphere.

    On the approach to Sandwich Harbour you’ll be greeted with the sight of giant sand dunes running straight into the ocean. These giant dunes must be crossed to reach Sandwich Harbour so hold on tight as your experienced driver/guide steers you over the dunes on a thrilling ride.

    Have your camera ready as you explore the unique landscape which is just waiting to be discovered. Afterwards your driver/guide will find a suitable place to stop to allow you to enjoy a refreshing a glass of sparkling wine or soft drink refreshment.

    The return journey is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It will really test the power of your 4x4 vehicle against the dunes, with a 130-foot-high Roaring Dune being the main challenge.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by 4x4 vehicle. If the sea conditions are very rough or the tides are too high, it will not be possible to reach Sandwich Harbour. In the event that the lagoon is not accessible via 4x4, you will have the opportunity to view the lagoon area from a lookout point instead. It is extremely hot and dry in the desert therefore sun hats, sun block, sunglasses and bottled water are essential. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. The ride and terrain can be very challenging at some stages. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

    Tour code

    WVB_012

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Swakopmund Tour

    Visit Swakopmund, a stunning town located at the mouth of the Swakop River.

    Swakopmund Tour

    Enjoy a short orientation tour at the fishing port of Walvis Bay, including a brief visit to the lagoon and tidal flood plains where, at certain times of the year, you can see flocks of pelicans and other water birds.

    Travel to Swakopmund, with a stop en route at Dune 7, the highest sand dune in the area. Built by the coast next to the sea, Swakopmund is a beautiful town situated at the mouth of the Swakop River and is often described as ‘a slice of Germany on the edge of the desert’. Many buildings date back to the turn of the century and are now national monuments, reminding you of the town’s German colonial past.

    During your tour, pay a visit to the Swakopmund Museum and the Karakulia Weavery, where the wool of Karakul sheep is spun, dyed and woven into rugs and wall hangings. You’ll also have the opportunity to browse in the Brauhaus Gallery, which is a small shopping arcade in the centre of town.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves up to 2½ hours’ walking in total, mainly over paved and level surfaces, except at Dune 7, which is sandy. To avoid congestion the order of highlights may be reversed. Please note that most of the shops will be closed on a Sunday.

    Tour code

    WVB_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Seal & Dolphin Cruise

    Experience the spectacle of meeting dolphins and seals on this thrilling wildlife cruise.

    Seal & Dolphin Cruise

    Take a short drive from the harbour to the jetty, where you’ll board an open ski boat for a cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Cutting across the Lagoon, you may catch a glimpse at the inquisitive seals which may swim up to the boats for a bit to eat.

    At Pelican Point, there is a large seal colony and schools of dolphins, which swim alongside the boats, providing entertainment. Dolphins sighted are the Heavyside and Bottlenose.

    For bird lovers, apart from seeing pelicans and cormorants, there are also common sightings of the White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Cape Gannet and Black Oystercatcher.

    To round off the trip, sparkling wine, soft drinks and open sandwiches will be offered.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and boat. Operation of this tour is strictly weather dependent. As the temperature on the water is cooler than ashore, you are strongly advised to carry a jacket. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Tour code

    WVB_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

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