Walvis Bay, Namibia cruises
Walvis Bay port guide
As your cruise ship docks in the picturesque harbor of Walvis Bay, you'll be greeted by a stunning backdrop of sand dunes and turquoise waters. Once a trading post, Walvis Bay has transformed into a vibrant town with charming cafes, seafood restaurants, and local markets. The town's maritime heritage can be felt across the region, which offers a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration for your visit to this part of Africa.
Top landmarks and sights in Walvis Bay
You could embark on a thrilling desert adventure here with a visit to Dune 7, one of the highest sand dunes in the world. Climb to the summit for panoramic views of the surrounding desert and Atlantic Ocean, or why not have a go at sandboarding for a real adrenaline rush?
Pelican Point Lighthouse
Another option is to take a boat tour to the Pelican Point peninsula to see the iconic Pelican Point Lighthouse standing tall at the tip of a narrow sandbar that guards the bay. Along the way, you might spot playful dolphins, seals, and various seabirds.
Walvis Bay Waterfront
Exploring the waterfront area makes for another enjoyable couple of hours. Here you could enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the seaside promenade, indulge in some fresh seafood at local eateries, and shop for handmade crafts and souvenirs.
Perhaps you’ll venture to the nearby town of Swakopmund, known for its German colonial architecture and charming atmosphere. Experience thrilling activities like quad biking, and desert safaris, or simply relax on the beautiful beaches and stroll along the wonderful promenade.
Things to do in Walvis Bay
Get closer to the local wildlife
If it’s wildlife that piques your interest, why not embark on a kayaking or boating experience in the bay? You could get up close and personal with nature, meeting seals and dolphins and creating unforgettable moments with these playful marine creatures.
Namib Desert Tours
Another option is to join a guided tour into the heart of the Namib Desert, part of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Explore captivating landscapes, ancient geological formations, and, if you’re here at the right time, perhaps witness the stark beauty of the desert's changing colors during sunrise and sunset.
Walvis Bay Lagoon
You could see some stunning birdlife at the Walvis Bay Lagoon, where over 150,000 migrant birds spend the summer months. It’s a haven for Greater and Lesser flamingos, pelicans, and other migratory water birds. Take a boat tour for an up-close encounter with these graceful creatures, and you might even spot visiting dolphins and whales too.
Eating and drinking in Walvis Bay
Indulge in the flavors of Namibia by sampling local dishes, including fresh seafood, game meats, and traditional African cuisine. Try kapana (barbeque street food cooked over an open fire), biltong (dried marinated cured meat), and potjiekos (slow-cooked stew full of meat and hearty vegetables) for a true taste of the region.
Why not stop by The Raft; a unique restaurant sat on stilts in the Walvis Bay lagoon? This gives you an incredible view over the coastline and the amazing animals that live there. It’s also an ideal spot to watch outstanding sunsets and try a range of Namibian barbecue favorites.
Getting around, Walvis Bay transport
While Walvis Bay is relatively small and walkable, you can also explore the town and its surroundings using local taxis or organized tours. The town's friendly atmosphere and welcoming locals make navigating the area simple.
Walvis Bay port facilities
Walvis Bay's port facilities offer convenience and comfort for cruise passengers. Enjoy easy access to transportation, including taxis and shuttle bus services.
Walvis Bay quick tips
The local currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (NAD). However, the South African Rand (ZAR) is also widely accepted. Credit and debit cards are commonly used, but it's advisable to carry some cash for smaller establishments.
Tipping is appreciated in Namibia, typically around 10% to 15% of the bill. It's customary to tip tour guides, drivers, and hospitality staff for excellent service.
Walvis Bay experiences a desert climate, with mild winters and warm summers. Temperatures can range from around 15°C in winter to 25°C in summer. Be sure to pack sunscreen, comfortable clothing, and a hat to protect against the sun.