Walvis Bay Tourism

Walvis Bay (Afrikaans Walvisbaai, German Walfischbucht or Walfischbai, all meaning "Whale Bay") is a city in Namibia and the name of the bay on which it lies. The town has 100,000 inhabitants and covers a total area of 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi) of land. The bay is a safe haven for sea vessels because of its natural deepwater harbour, protected by the Pelican Point sand spit, being the only natural harbour of any size along the country's coast. Being rich in plankton and marine life, these waters also drew large numbers of southern right whales, attracting whalers and fishing vessels. The Dutch referred to it as Walvisch Baye and the English as Whale Bay. In its eventual formal incorporation, it was named Walfish Bay, which was changed to Walvish Bay, and ultimately to Walvis Bay. It has also been referred to as Walwich Bay or Walwisch Bay. The Herero people of the area called it Ezorongondo. A succession of colonists developed the location and resources of this strategic harbour settlement. The harbour's value in relation to the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope had caught the attention of world powers since it was discovered by the outside world in 1485. This explains the complicated political status of Walvis Bay down the years. The town is situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Kuiseb River delta and lies at the end of the TransNamib Railway to Windhoek, and on the B2 road. Walvis Bay, with its large bay and sand dunes, is an important centre of tourism activity in Namibia. Attractions include the artificial Bird Island, centre of a guano collection industry, the Dune 7 sand dune, the salt works, the abundant birdlife, and a museum. Kuisebmund Stadium, home to two clubs in the Namibia Premier League, is also located in the city. The beach resort of Langstrand lies just a few kilometres north. The Walvis Bay Export Processing Zone is an important facet of the local economy.

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  • Save 7% Pelican Point Peninsula Tour
    Pelican Point Peninsula Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins

    Enjoy the sights of Walvis bay Lagoonwith its renowned birdlifeand see the Pelican Point Lighthouse on this 3 hour tour with ...

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  • Save 7% Spitzkoppe Guided Tour from Swakopmund or Walvis Bay
    Spitzkoppe Guided Tour from Swakopmund or Walvis BayNew on TripHobo

    Duration: Flexible

    We drive a very scenic route towards Usakos, then onward to the famous Spitzkoppe Mountain for some exploring and fantastic p...

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  • Save 7% Highlights of Walvis Bay Guided Day Tour
    Highlights of Walvis Bay Guided Day Tour2 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs 30 Mins

    Explore the beauty of Walvis Bay on this 4 hour tour. We climb the highest dune in the area, Dune 7, we travel off-road to th...

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  • Save 4% Dolphin and Sea Cruise
    Dolphin and Sea CruiseNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Experience Dolphins swimming alongside our sailing catamaran, Seals playing around, Sunfish sharing the secrets of the depths...

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  • Know the pollution level of Walvis Bay before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 83.33 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 66.67 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 66.67 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 66.67 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Walvis Bay for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Walvis Bay.

    • Burglary and Theft 70.83 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 50 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 70.83 (High)
    • Car Stealing 35 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 75 (High)
    • Attacks 66.67 (High)
    • Drug offense 70.83 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 60 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 62.5 (High)
    • Safety Index 37.45 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.01 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 82.18 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.81 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Walvis Bay

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.73 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 20.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 95.97 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.65 USD

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