Things to do and places to visit in and around Walvis Bay
Anchor @ The Jetty
Esplanade Street, Waterfront,
For some great see food and lookout point.
+264 64 205 762
Salt field and natural Bird Sanctuary
Here you can see one of the three wetlands around Walvis Bay, which together form Southern Africa's single most important coastal wetland for migratory birds.
It is renowned for the large numbers of both Lesser Flamingo and Greater Flamingo, and has been listed by RAMSAR as a Natural heritage site.
For more information visit Wiki.SABirding. The salt field operation at Walvis Bay was established in 1964 and is one of the largest solar evaporation facilities in Africa, processing 24 million tons of sea water. For more interesting information bird sanctuary and salt field check Tracks4Africa's website.
The Hope Steam Locomotive
This locomotive had to be abandoned due to the lines on which it ran being repeatedly buried beneath sand. It is now one of Namibia's national monuments.
For some interesting history visit this steam-locomotives-south-africa blog.
Rhenish Mission Church
This church was assembled using prefabricated wood from Hamburg, Germany and brought to Walvis Bay by ship! It was erected in 1880 and was one of the few buildings in the country entirely made out of imported timber.
10 km north of Walvis Bay
In 1932 a German, Adulf Winter, had the idea of building this platform out on the rocks that are just below the surface of the sea, so the birds in their resting and nesting would be safe from the predatory raids of jackals. Everyone laughed at him, especially as he proposed to build the platform on iron supports that were not bedded into the rock, but just with the heavy weight of the platform to keep it down. He got permission to build the platform, built it and waited for the birds to come. The locals called it "Winters Folly". For the first year it seemed like a failure. In the second year the birds came in their thousands, cormorants, gulls, pelicans, flamingos and many more. Almost 90 years later the birds still nest and rest on this platform.
6 km from town
For great sandboarding and skiing you can hike up this dune. There is also a picnic site and some shady palm trees.
corner of Kovambo Nujoma street and 8th Road
Breakfast and or meals are served
Horse riding facilities
Cycling allowed and or mountain bikes to rent