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Pelican Point Lodge
Pelican Point Lodge - dream vacation

32km from Walvis Bay at Pelican Point PeninsulaWalvis Bay

Oyster Box Guesthouse
Oyster Box Guesthouse - dream vacation

Corner 2nd Street West/ The EsplanadeWalvis Bay

The Langholm Hotel
The Langholm Hotel - dream vacation

18-20 Jj Cleverly Street LagoonWalvis Bay

Lobster Nest
Lobster Nest - dream vacation

Langstrand 1st Road Lalandi unit B3Walvis Bay

Lagoon Loge
Lagoon Loge - dream vacation

88 Kovambo Nujoma DriveWalvis Bay

Dolphin Beach Villa
Dolphin Beach Villa - dream vacation

Dolphin Beach, Oystercatcher Street n 141Walvis Bay

Sandpiper Dunes
Sandpiper Dunes - dream vacation

Orange Road - Erf 232, LongstrandWalvis Bay

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Walvis Bay is a city on Namibia's Atlantic coast. It has the country's only commercial port.

Understand

Get in

By car

The fastest route from Windhoek is the tarred main road B2. It takes 5 hours and passes through Swakopmund, a coastal town 35 km (20 minutes) drive north of Walvis Bay.

By plane

By minibus

Minibuses from Windhoek (departure from the taxi rank closed to Rhino Park hospital, 110N$) or from Swakopmund (taxi rank out of town, 25N$) are available throughout the day. Not too comfortable, but the true African way of travelling.

By bus

Although the minibuses are slightly cheaper and are an experience, they have no fixed time schedule and are often overloaded. So check out these operators:

  • Intercape operates a service from Windhoek via Okahandja and Swakopmund. Intercape service also extends to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
  • Econolux Tel +264 64 205935 operates a service to Cape Town twice a week

By train

The national train company TranNamib runs an overnight service from the capital Windhoek via Swakopmund daily, except Saturdays. There are economy and business class seats, but no sleepers.

By ship

The RMS St Helena no longer makes regular round-trips from St Helena Island to Cape Town via Walvis Bay. The service ceased in 2018.

Get around

Cars can be hired at Walvis Bay Airport.

See

  • The Walvis Bay Lagoon is just south-west of town, a wetland for migratory birds. The Lagoon is a habitat for flamingos and the endangered Damara tern.
  • For a larger and more impressive wetland and flamingo colony, visit Sandwich Harbour, a bay and a lagoon 45 km (28 mi) south of town. You will need a 4x4 to navigate the sand.
  • 1 Walvis Bay Museum, 12th Rd. 09:00-17:00 M-F. Natural science, culture, history, Namib archaeology, maritime, gemstones, etc: these are representative of the types of exhibits here. (updated Sep 2020)

Do

There are quite some activities to do in Walvis Bay.

  • Dolphin watching, ☏ +264 64 205 511. Check out Mola Mola cruises for dolphin and seal cruises. 
  • Dune boarding. Buy a dune board in town and head 6km out of town to Dune 7 for an inexpensive thrill. 
  • Fishing, ☏ +264 64 2016111. Rods can be rented. You need a fishing permit though which can be bought at the ministry of fisheries for 14 N$ for 30 days (Inspectorate Office, 1st Street, Monday-Sunday 8-13). Speak to the locals about the various fishing spots. 
  • Kite surfing. Head on down to the lagoon to ride the waves. Lessons and equipment available. 
  • Surfing. Pro surfers come from around the globe when the conditions are right to surf the world's longest left-hand break with a sandy bottom at Donkey Bay, also known as Skeleton Bay, on the long Pelican Point sand spit that protects the port of Walvis Bay. You'll need a 4x4 vehicle to get to that spot. (updated Jul 2018)
  • 1 Vambo Beach. Beach area for Walvis Bay. (updated Sep 2020)

Buy

Eat

  • 1 Crazy Mama's, Sam Nujoma Ave. Funky bistro with beer garden, child friendly. Pizza, salad and vegetarian options. Main course around N$ 150, light meal N$ 100, steak N$ 200. (updated Feb 2020)
  • Probst Willi Bakery. A German cafe serving some of the best sandwiches. Try the "rawhak" roll. 

Splurge

  • The Raft Restaurant, The Esplanade (on a pier opposite the Pelican Bay Hotel), ☏ +264 64 204877. A large top-class restaurant with great atmosphere, on a pier in the lagoon. The main restaurant offers a huge a la carte menu. There's also a bistro offering great views, wood-fired pizzas and the best burgers for miles. Also has a lively bar. A must if you are in Walvis Bay. 

Sleep

  • 1 Pelican Bay Hotel. 
  • 2 Langholm Hotel, 18-22 2nd Street West, Lagoon (Off 5th Road, turn left into 2nd Str West.), ☏ +264 64 209230. Check-in: 13h00, check-out: 11h00. Great facility, friendly and helpful staff, great fun the NightCap bar - feels like home from home. Should be first choice for all persons visiting Walvis Bay. from N$655. 

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