Highlights of Walvis Bay tour
Duration: 4 hours
Price: ZAR1300.00 per person (min of 2 people)
Tour starts/ends in Walvis Bay.
This tour is one of the highlights of almost 7 weeks of travelling - a fantastic day which was even more than expected. JP was waiting for us as arranged. As there were only two participants his wife came as well which added to the feeling of being out for a day of fun with friends who knew the area. Dune 7 climb was great, as were the amazing flamingos and seals. While the 4-wheel driving and salt deposits were not reasons for choosing this tour I'm so glad they were included. The snacks (!) prepared by JP's wfe were fresh, delicious and plentiful. JP was flexible in extending the time at locations we were particularly enjoying and he provided all the information we could want. He had us back at the wharf as promised after sharing an outstanding day full of varied experiences with us. A professional and fun guide. Thank you.
Walvis Bay is a coastal city about 3o kilometers south of Swakopmund, it was discovered by Diaz at 1487 but was only founded in 1793 by the Cape Dutch and two years later it was annexed by the British. With its natural deep water port, this town is of great imporatance to the entire African economy, and it is still a key player with regards to exporting fish across the world.
The town has roughly 100 000 inhabitants and it is situated at a large lagoon that is home to numerous bird species including flamingos, pelicans, gulls, terns and many more. This lagoon is a RAMSAR site and is one of the most important wetlands in Southern Africa, and is a feeding site for upto 250 000 flamingos during the rainy season.
Discover the arid beauty of Namibia's only deep water port as we go on a journey that highlights everything that makes Walvis Bay a stunning place. You will be overwhelemed by the beauty surrounding this small desert town and we encourage you to immerse yourself into it as you climb to the top of Dune 7 for the view of a lifetime.
*Discover Dune 7
*The Walvis Bay Salt Refinery
*Pelican Point Light House
*Pelican Point Peninsula
*Walvis Bay Lagoon
What you can expect
Your day starts when we collect you from your accomodation in Walvis Bay, after a short briefing and introduction you make your way out of the town towards Dune 7.
We arrive at Dune 7 in aprox 20 minutes and once we are there you will have some free time to take photos and climb this massive dune to experience the feeling of being "ontop of the world"
After you had our daily excersise to the top of Dune 7, head back towards the town and onto the Walvis Bay Salt Refinery.
This refinery produces a staggering 750 000 tons of salt per year, much of which is exported internationally. It covers an area of 4500 hectare and is in the process of expanding as we speak. Massive heaps of salt that looks like snow and bright pink coloured water basins provides us with spectacular photos.
From here you head onto the Peninsula, with the calm lagoon to the right and the roaring Atlantic ocean to the left, this drive to the very tip of the Pelican Point Peninsula is an adventure itself.
Along the way you will see wildlife, a shipwreck and the Pelican Point Lighthouse.
The Lighthouse was built in 1932 and stands 35 meters high. It now offers luxury accomodation to its clients and offers complete relaxation in this unique area.
Once at the very tip of the Peninsula you will have the opportunity to expolore and take in the great scenery surrounded by wildlife that includes the second largest Cape Fur Seal colony in the country.
The Seals will keep you entertained for hours!
While you are exploring , we start setting up lunch which includes a variety of finger snacks, sparkling wine, local beers, water , soft drinks and a desert.
After you enjoyed some refreshements, head back towards the Salt Refinery, and then onto the
Walvis Bay Lagoon.
This lagoon in the southwest of town is regarded as one of the most important wetlands for birds along the southern African coast. It was proclaimed a RAMSAR site (an important wetland area for birds) in 1955.
It covers the shallow lagoon, the beach and the inter tidal areas of Pelcan Point and the saltworks. Its a tidal lagoon and the best birdviewing occurs during low tide. This area is a feeding site for upto 50 % of greater flamingos found in Southern Africa and also attracts other species like gulls, plovers, pelicans and the endemic Damara Tern. There is an estimated 170 000 resident birds around the lagoon and aprox 200 000 more stopping over during their migratory route.
Stop here and enjoy the sights and sounds of this spectacular lagoon with all the birdlife.