Walvis Bay, Namibia

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Walvis Bay possesses the finest harbor on the Namib coast. That fact led to its annexation by the British in 1878, who added it to their enclave in South Africa. It was not until 1994 that the now-Republic of South Africa returned Walvis Bay to Namibia. The port is your gateway to the vast Namib Desert, one of the oldest and harshest deserts on Earth, and to the old German town of Swakopmund, a legacy of that distant era when Namibia was a German colony named Sudwest Afrika.

Walvis Bay perches on the edge of the great Namib Desert a landscape of extraordinary beauty with its immense dunes, moonscapes and salt sinks.

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  • Swakopmund Museum Swakopmund Museum

    Founded by Dr. Alfons Weber in 1951, this small museum is located in the Imperial Customs House building and houses local flora and fauna, plus original Namib musical instruments and weapons.

  • Namib Naukluftpark Namib Naukluftpark

    Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest game park in Africa, and fourth largest in the world. This desert moonscape is home to lichen, and the rare Welwitschia plant, some of which are 2,000-years-old.

  • German Buildings German Buildings

    This region is heavy with German influence from the settlers who came here a 100 years ago. In Swakopmund, the Hansa Brewery, Lutheran Church and colonial buildings give the town its Bavarian feel.

  • Karakulia Weavery Karakulia Weavery

    At the busy Karakulia Carpet Center, observe the skilled weavers as they card, spin, dye and weave pure Karakul wool into exquisite rugs and wall hangings, and also purchase their goods.

  • Walvis Bay Lagoon Walvis Bay Lagoon

    Walvis Bay's wetlands draw as many as 20,000 migratory flamingoes to the shallow lagoons, and boasts beautiful sand dunes, which are found on the coast between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.


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