Walvis Bay, a coastal town in Namibia, makes a place for a peaceful retreat. The relaxed feel, simpler ambiance, and proximity to natural attractions make it suitable for those planning a quiet getaway. One can go here through Walvis Bay Airport, which lies about 15 kilometres east of the town. It lies at an elevation of 299 ft above sea level, with a runway measuring 11,483 ft long.
Once a South African Air Force station and a base, the military operations ceased in this part of the Erongo Region in 1994. This port of entry underwent renovations in 2007, when it received upgrades to the air traffic control equipment, Instrument Landing Systems, and runway lighting. Runway extension at both ends also increased the capacity of the airport, which has helped to promote better transportation.
What to see & do
Walvis Bay, the quieter counterpart to the more sophisticated Swakopmund, features a number of attractive landmarks to see. There is the Sandwich Harbour, which was a commercial fishing and trading port. Day trips can be arranged down here, where tourists can view dunes up to 100 metres high, with the Atlantic Ocean washing into the lagoon. Birds also flock here, providing a haven for those who want to see the avian life in the area. Dorob National Park, whose territory covers the harbour, is also worth exploring. It is the richest coastal area for birds in Namibia and has a diverse botanical classification with extensive river systems.
Those who want to see more of the birdlife in Namibia can check out a lagoon at the southwest of town and west of the Kuiseb river mouth. It attracts a variety of coastal birds and large flocks of flamingos. Chestnut-banded plovers and curlew sandpipers also call this place home. The Bird Island, an offshore wooden platform, is also a place to get near to. Built as an environmental measure, this serves to provide a roost and nesting site for sea birds. Best viewed from a distance away due to the overpowering smell, this 'island' is nevertheless a sight to experience for its ingenuity. From here, tourists can lose the smell by visiting Dune 7, off the C14 road. It is popular for sandboarding and skiing activities, which one can watch or join in.
Going back to the town proper will let visitors find a variety of sights, starting with the Rhenish Mission Church. It is the oldest remaining building in Walvis Bay, which was prefabricated in Germany and reconstructed in 1880. It was, however, relocated to its present site in the middle of the 20th century before ceasing its religious services in 1966. Other sights to look for here include the Walvis Bay Museum, which is located inside the library. It lets visitors view a collection on the history and maritime background of Walvis Bay. Displays on the artefacts, minerals, and the natural history of the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Coast can also be found here.
How to get around
Limited information can be found about the transportation services, making it necessary for tourists to look for car rental services just in case. Doing so will let one have more freedom to drive around and follow a custom itinerary, which is useful for those planning to visit the surrounding areas and natural landscapes of the Erongo region.
How to get there
Those planning to visit Walvis Bay can schedule connecting flights to the airport via Air Namibia and South African Express. They bring over passengers from Cape Town, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, and Windhoek-Hosea Kutako.
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