Under crystal clear skies and surrounded by huge, golden dunes, discover an adventurous culture in Walvis Bay. Perched across from Pelican Point, the city is sheltered from the rugged surf that stretches north up Namibia’s rocky, fog-bound Skeleton Coast.

Venture inland to the rolling sands of the vast Namib Desert for an exotic African safari to spot lions, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos, and more, or kayak in the calm waters of the city’s huge natural lagoon.

Discover one of the world’s largest colonies of Cape fur seals at Cape Cross (where the first European explorer landed in Namibia in 1486), or be in awe of thousands of pelicans and herons that call the lagoon home. You’ll spot dolphins and seals playing as you stroll the waterfront Esplanade.

Peruse bakeries and boutique breweries rooted in German culinary styles, or sample game biltong, a savory Namibian dried meat snack. Fresh seared kabeljou (silver cob fish), or famous Namibian oysters—some of the most tender in the world due to the cool Benguela current flowing along the coast—are must-try local culinary delights.

The Raft Restaurant Bistro and Bar

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A waterfront view of the The Raft Restaurant Bistro and Bar in Walvis Bay, Namibia

The Raft Restaurant Bistro and Bar

Sitting on stilts at the end of its own dock, enjoy an extensive menu of Namibian cuisine where the freshest possible seafood takes center stage. Take in perfect views of the scenic Walvis Bay Lagoon and watch dolphins, flamingos, and pelicans play the waters below.

Pelican Point

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A lighthouse on the beach of Pelican Point in Walvis Bay, Namibia

Pelican Point

Take a tour of Pelican Point for perfect photography opportunities. Explore the peninsula protecting Walvis Bay from the surf of the South Atlantic Ocean to see the historic lighthouse, a nearby shipwreck, as well as dolphins, seals, and the lagoon’s incredible birdlife at play.

The sands of Dune 7, the highest dune in Namibia

Dune 7

Walk or ride on an ATV to the top of Namibia’s tallest sand dune, towering more than 1,200 feet above the desert and South Atlantic. Enjoy a picnic at the top or simply be in awe of incredible panoramic views.

Walvis Bay, Namibia At a glance

Current Weather:
Partly Cloudy (Night)
16°C / 61 °F
Isolated Thundershowers
Fair (Day)
Current Time:
10:53:26 pm2018/10/22 22:53:26 pm
Monday, October 22
UTC/GMT +02:00
Local Details:
GPS: 22°57'14.15"S 14°28'37.23"E
Size: 1,124.00 KM2 (433.98 MI2)
Population: 62,096
Density: 55 Pop/KM2 (21 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 264 64

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