Walvis Bay is a small city along the central western coastline of Namibia, about an hour south of Swakopmund. Most visitors to this part of Namibia head to nearby Swakopmund and avoid Walvis Bay, and for good reason. It is not a particularly pretty or interesting town, and when the coastal winds are blowing sand across the streets it looks positively grim.
Apart from Swakopmund to the north, there is also the nearby attraction of Dune 7, one of the largest sand dunes in the world. It may not look that big when you approach it, but if you attempt to climb it you'll realise it is quite a task. There is a go-karting arena in the nearby sand.
The Royal Mail Ship "Saint Helena" travels regularly between Saint Helena and Ascension Island, Walvis Bay and Cape Town. The schedule is primarily designed to meet the needs of locals and cargo for St. Helena, and thus follows a timetable but not a consistent routing. In general terms, the ship leaves Cape Town once a month, before heading to St. Helena, sometimes via Walvis Bay. From St. Helena it will then run 1 or 2 shuttles to Ascension Island, before returning to Cape Town, again sometimes via Walvis Bay. Occasionally, Cape Town is omitted, and the ship returns to St. Helena directly from Walvis Bay.
|Bay Self Catering Accommodation||1st Street North (Meersig) P.O. Box 3213||Guesthouse||-|
|Loubser's B&B Self Catering||3 rd Str West No:11 P.O Box 244||Guesthouse||-|
There are Internet cafes in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Opuwo, and hostels often have access as well. Wifi is on the rise, but still not on the level of neighbouring South Africa.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Namibia's country code is 264. Each city or region has a two-digit area code. When calling long distance within Namibia, prefix the area code with a '0'. Mobile phones are very common and run on the GSM network, using the same frequency as Europe and the rest of Africa. Be aware that when you get off the beaten track signal can be erratic.
To avoid high costs, switch off data roaming and/or buy a local SIM card instead. Internet rates especially are extremely high still, but you will also save money on calling costs.
Nampost is the national postal service of Namibia. It has post offices in most major cities and towns or postal services are incorporated within small shops in the smallest settlements. As for many countries in Southern Africa, services are actually fairly reliable but not very fast. Count on 2 weeks or more for postcards or letters to be send to countries in Europe or North America. Most post offices are open from 8:00 or 9:00am to around 4:30pm, with shorter hours (mornings) on Saturdays. Note that local variations may apply. For parcels, you might choose more expensive but faster companies like DHL, UPS, FedEx or TNT.
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