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Walvis Bay

Travel Guide Africa Namibia Walvis Bay

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Introduction

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.

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Sights and Activities

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.

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Getting There

By Boat

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.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Bay Self Catering Accommodation1st Street North (Meersig) P.O. Box 3213Guesthouse-
Loubser's B&B Self Catering3 rd Str West No:11 P.O Box 244Guesthouse96

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Check with your mobile provider whether your network will be supported by a local Namibian network. Be aware that when you get off the beaten track signal can be erratic.

Post

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 or TNT.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -22.948601
  • Longitude: 14.508820

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