Walvis Bay - Namibia

Walvis Bay is the principal port for Namibia. Its harbour, protected by the Pelican Point peninsula, provides one of the few safe deep-water anchorages on the Atlantic coast of south-western Africa. Worth seeing in Walvis Bay, is the local museum in the Civic Centre, the Birdlife Information Centre and the wooden Rhenish mission church established in 1880. "Dune 7" at the outskirts of town is the highest sand dune in the area and once you have climbed to the top, you can enjoy a stunning view. The town has numerous good restaurants, cafes and bars. It is also a magical spot for birdlovers - The special attraction of Walvis Bay is the huge natural lagoon with its overwhelming abundance of seabirds. 120.000 birds were counted lately in the lagoon, innumerable flamingoes and pelicans among them. Every year they are joined by 200,000 migratory birds. Visit Namibia's pretty seaside resort of Swakopmund, whose elegant turn-of-the-century German buildings belong more to Bavaria than Africa including the Woermann House (1905) and the former trading house in Bismarck Street with its 25 metre high Damara Tower and its courtyard bordered by arcades. Also easily reached From Walvis Bay is the famous Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home of up to 100,000 Cape fur seals - and the grandeur of the Namib-Naukluft Park with its hauntingly beautiful lunar-like desert landscapes, awesome in their scale with sand dunes rising to over 1,000 ft - the world's highest. Although Walvis Bay had already been discovered by Diaz as early as 1487, it was only founded in 1793 by the Cape Dutch. Two years later it was annexed by the British and the area was placed under the Cape Colony in 1884; in the same year Germany occupied South West Africa (now Namibia). In 1910 Walvis Bay became part of the independent Union of South Africa until 1977 when it became an independent country. After Namibia's independence, the only deep sea harbour on the Namibian coast remained under South African rule and only in 1994 was it returned to Namibia. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.