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Colonial houses in Swakopmund
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Swakopmund pier
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Walvis Bay, Namibia
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Quirky history and spectacular nature make "Whale Fish Bay" a fascinating stop along the southern African shore. Perched on the edge of the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert, the port makes an excellent jumping-off spot for exploring the vast Namibian interior.

What We Love

Swakopmund: Around 20 miles north of Walvis Bay, this old colonial town offers a little slice of Germany in Africa including gingerbread architecture, schnitzel, and weiss beer.   

The Desert: Whether you explore nearby Moon Valley or the Skeleton Coast dunes by 4x4 or hop a scenic flight down to the giant orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia's arid wilderness is a certified wonder of the world.

Best Known For

Marine Wildlife: Whale watching cruises, kayaking adventures with dolphins, and 4x4 trips up the shore to the see giant sea lion colonies of the Skeleton Coast are popular activities here.

Dune Bashing: From 4x4 safaris and quad bike adventures to sandboarding and mountain biking, there are several great ways to discover the massive dunes of the Namibian coast.

Who It's Best For

Wildlife Enthusiasts: Despite the extreme climate, Namibia's central coast is rich in animal life, including many creatures with special adaptations for the harsh desert climate.

Outdoor Adventurers: Walvis Bay is all about exploring the great outdoors, be it on the land, in the sea, or in the air.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Fog Is Common: The close proximity of hot desert and cold ocean means the coast is often shrouded in fog or marine layer overcast.    

Pack Lots of Sunscreen: Even when it's overcast (and relatively cool), rays from the intense Namibian sun can filter through and burn your skin.