Walvis Bay Travel Blog› entry 14 of 25 › view all entries
October 20th, 2008 – by: wils0n33
Yup thats right. The big thing to do in Walvis Bay is to go into the lagoon and check out the flamingos and pelicans. Its not quite as boring as it sounded just then. The lagoon is really cool and there are heaps of flamingos around the beach and in the surrounding wetlands. I also got a dune board and went just out of town to Dune 7, which is one of the highest sand dunes in the world. It is pretty massive and flying down the thing on your board is pretty cool. Actually the history of Walvis Bay is more interesting than the city itself. It was administered by the British while the rest of Namibia was under German administration, after World War 1 it was incorperated into South Africa and even though Namibia became independant in 1990, Walvis Bay didn't become part of Namibia until 1994. The town is basicly a blue collar port city, actually Namibia's only commercial port. I also found it interesting that most of the people spoke Afrikaans rather than English or German. The drive in from Swakop is pretty cool, you are on a two lane road that has the coast on one side and the Namib Desert on the other. The driver told me, in German, that luxory houses/condos/apartments are being built along the water between Swakop and Walvis Bay which is becoming a popular retirment destination for wealthy Europeans.
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