Things to do in Walvis Bay

Our most recommended things to do in Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

1. Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

Begin your dolphin and whale spotting expedition by checking in at Walvis Bay Waterfront at 8:30 am. Depart from the Jetty between 8:45 - 9 am. From there you’ll begin your search for Namibia’s marine Big 5. Sip a hot coffee or tea as you approach Pelican Point. Admire its landmark lighthouse and see the 60,000 cape fur seals who live there. If visiting in-season ( from July to November), you'll be able to spot large sea mammals including the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whale. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see a gray whale or a pygmy right whale. Observe different species of dolphins including bottlenose, Heaviside's, and dusky dolphins. Keep a lookout for mola molas and leatherback turtles. As you make your expedition, you’ll encounter a variety of seabirds including kelp gulls, Hartlaub’s gulls, and cape cormorant. On the return journey, cruise past ships and oilrigs docked in the bay. As you make your way back, enjoy fresh oysters, sparkling wine, savory snacks, and desserts alongside light drinks and water. You’ll return to the waterfront at 12:30 pm. 

Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

2. Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

After hotel pickup in Swakopmund or meeting your guide at the Walvis Bay Waterfront, admire the mass of flamingoes in the Walvis Bay Lagoon.  Your 4x4 tour will head out to a tidal lagoon consisting of adjacent intertidal areas, mudflats, and sandbars that supports thousands of wetland birds. In addition to the many flamingoes, there are 11 species of endangered birds regularly observed at this RAMSAR site. Next, your tour proceeds to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where springboks are sometimes seen. Here you'll also look for some of the area’s smaller creatures, such as the fog-basking beetle, dancing spider (white lady of the Namib), golden mole, shovel-snouted lizard, and palmato gecko. Then if weather and tides allow, you'll drive along the beach right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest wetlands and the second RAMSAR site for the day.  Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, this is one of Namibia's most important coastal wetlands and supports eight endangered species among the large numbers of wading birds.  Finally enjoy a light lunch including a selection of oysters and snacks, salad, bread, fresh fruit, and drinks atop a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or on the beach.

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

3. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

Enjoy an evening trip to capture the beautiful sunset of Sandwich Harbor. Drive along the beach, experience the unique wetland atmosphere, and feast on snacks and drinks after you have taken your pictures. Depart from Walvis Waterfront at 4:00 PM. Sit back and enjoy the journey as you are driven to the Kuiseb River Delta, a dry riverbed where you may spot the odd springbok, oryx, or jackal. Next, if the weather and tide allow, experience a drive to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon along the beach. This is one of Southern Africa’s richest and most unique wetlands and one of five internationally recognized Ramsar sites in Namibia Enjoy plenty of time for photography in the beautiful late afternoon light. Explore your photographic creativity with the sun slowly setting, then bury your feet in the sand and watch the sunset over the ocean. When the sun has set and the light has diminished, feast on a selection of fresh Namibian oysters and snacks with sparkling wine, Namibian beers, and cool drinks. Take in the views from the dunes or the beach, before returning at 8:00 PM.

Kayaking and Sandwich Harbour Combo Tour

4. Kayaking and Sandwich Harbour Combo Tour

Enjoy a scenic morning drive along the Walvis Bay Lagoon to Pelican Point. On this full-day combo tour you’ll stop along the way to see countless flamingos, pelicans and large flocks of cormorants. Get your kayak ready at Pelican Point, home to as many as 50,000 Cape fur seals. Paddle right next to the friendly creatures. Your guide will take some photos and email them to you after the tour. Head into the Namib Desert for a 4x4 dune drive. Enter the Namib Naukluft National Park, stopping to photograph wildlife at various points during the drive. If weather permits, enjoy lunch at Sandwich Lagoon – featuring finger snacks, sparkling wine, and local beer.

Walvis Bay: Mondesa Township Bike Tour & Cooking Experience

5. Walvis Bay: Mondesa Township Bike Tour & Cooking Experience

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Walvis Bay and a meet and greet with your local guide who knows this part of Namibia, and its people, like the back of his hand. Listen to stories about the history of the land as you travel through untamed wilderness on your way to the township of Mondesa, where your guide was raised. Upon arrival at the township, receive a warm welcome from the locals and immediately feel immersed in the vibrant Mondesa way of life. As you explore the streets, listen to the sound of children playing, smell the scents of sidewalk barbecues, taste locally brewed beer, and try local delicacies such as mopane worms. Visit the local school and the arts and crafts center, then wander amongst the hustle and bustle of the open market before learning about the click language of the Damara tribe. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide share fascinating information about the history, culture, and traditions of Mondesa which provide a unique insight into the local community. Later, head to a home-style family kitchen and learn how to cook a variety of local dishes. With your group, prepare traditional meals using seasonal ingredients then sit down and eat together as a family whilst soaking up the Mondesa hospitality. At the end of an unforgettable cultural experience, watch a farewell performance by the town's choir then relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

Walvis Bay: Pelican Point Kayaking Tour

6. Walvis Bay: Pelican Point Kayaking Tour

The Pelican Point kayaking tour starts every morning with a scenic drive by 4x4 vehicle along the Walvis Bay Lagoon and the salt mines to Pelican Point. Stop along the way to take pictures of countless flamingos, pelicans, large flocks of cormorants, and a great variety of other birds and wildlife. After about an hour, reach Pelican Point and hop in your kayak. Pelican Point is home to up to 50,000 Cape fur seals year-round. They are very friendly and playful and not scared of the kayaks. The seals are inquisitive and often come within touching distance of the kayaks. You'll stay on the protected side of the peninsula and spend around 2 hours on the ocean, depending on general weather conditions. Your guide will use a waterproof camera to capture some photos. After kayaking, recharge at breakfast with some fresh rolls and coffee and tea before heading back to Walvis Bay.

Highlights of Walvis Bay, Dune 7 Shore Excursion

7. Highlights of Walvis Bay, Dune 7 Shore Excursion

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Walvis Bay. After a short briefing and introduction, make your way out of the town towards Dune 7. Arrive at Dune 7 after approximately 20 minutes and enjoy some free time to climb up the sand and take photos. Head back towards town and then to the Walvis Bay Salt Refinery. This refinery produces a staggering 750,000 tons of salt per year, much of which is exported internationally. It covers an area of 4500 hectares and is in the process of expanding. See massive heaps of salt that looks like snow and bright pink-colored water basins. Then, travel out onto the peninsula with the calm lagoon to the right and the roaring Atlantic ocean to the left. Enjoy a drive to the very tip of Pelican Point and see wildlife, a shipwreck, and the Pelican Point Lighthouse along the way. The Lighthouse was built in 1932 and stands 35 meters high. It now offers luxury accommodation to its clients and offers complete relaxation in this unique area.   Once you reach the end of the peninsula, enjoy some free time to explore and take in the spectacular scenery surrounded by wildlife that includes the second-largest Cape Fur Seal colony in the country. Then, enjoy a lunch comprised of a variety of finger snacks, sparkling wine, local beers, water, soft drinks, and dessert. After lunch, travel towards Walvis Bay Lagoon. This lagoon in the southwest area of the town is regarded as one of the most important wetlands for birds along the southern African coast. The area is a feeding site for up to 50% of greater flamingos found in Southern Africa and also attracts other species like gulls, plovers, pelicans, and the endemic Damara Tern. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this spectacular lagoon before heading concluding the tour at your accommodation.

Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

8. Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

You'll be met at your cruise ship in the port of Walvis Bay. After a quick briefing, head over to the lagoon to view all the flamingos. From there, have the chance to climb Dune 7, the highest dune in the vicinity at 132 meters (433 feet) tall. Enjoy a drink of water and then move on to see the Welwitschia Mirabilis plant, an endemic living fossil. Stop to admire the lunar landscape of the Welwitschia Plains before spending lunchtime at Goanikontes Oasis (lunch at your own expense). After lunch, you'll be taken to the old German town of Swakopmund. Explore the town at your own pace and do some shopping. Finally, make your way back to your cruise ship via the coastal road.

Walvis Bay: Wildlife Photography Full Day Tour

9. Walvis Bay: Wildlife Photography Full Day Tour

After pick-up from your accommodation in Walvis Bay, travel deep into the arid Namib Naukluft Park, the largest park in Africa, and 4th largest park in the world, at 50 000 square kilometers. During this adventure, see some of the most magnificent animals that call the National Park it's home in their natural habitat. This tour is great for aspiring and professional photographers alike. The wide open spaces create breathtaking landscape scenes that will be imprinted into your mind and heart forever. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the wild, that also include water and drinks. This is not a formal sit down lunch, instead, it is far more relaxed, and includes quality homemade treats. The tour concludes in the late afternoon at your starting point.

From Windhoek: 10-Day Namibia Highlights Tour with Lodging

10. From Windhoek: 10-Day Namibia Highlights Tour with Lodging

DAY 1 MONDAY Pick up accommodation in Windhoek (or at the airport on request) Tranfer to Kalahari Anib Lodge Dinner @ Kalahari Anib Lodge Overnight @ Kalahari Anib Lodge DAY 2 TUESDAY Breakfast @ Kalahari Anib Lodge Transfer to Namib Desert Lodge Dinner @ Namib Desert Lodge Overnight @ Namib Desert Lodge DAY 3 WEDNESDAY Sossusvlei Excursion (brunch packs) Sundowner dune drive Dinner @ Namib Desert Lodge Overnight @ Namib Desert Lodge DAY 4 THURSDAY Breakfast @ Namib Desert Lodge Transfer to The Delight Swakopmund Overnight @ The Delight Swakopmund DAY 5 FRIDAYBreakfast @ The Delight Swakopmund Overnight @ The Delight Swakopmund DAY 6 SATURDAY Breakfast @ The Delight Swakopmund/ breakfast pack Transfer to Damata Mopane Lodge Excursion to Petrified Forest Dinner @ Damara Mopane Lodge Overnight @ Damara Mopane Lodge DAY 7 SUNDAY Breakfast @ Damara Mopane Lodge Excursion to Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings Excursion to Damara Living Museum Excursion to Organ Pipes & Burnt Mountain Dinner @ Damara Mopane Lodge Overnight @ Damara Mopane Lodge DAY 8 MONDAY Breakfast @ Damara Mopane Lodge / breakfast pack Visit at a Himba Village Transfer to Etosha Safari Camp Afternoon Etosha Game Drive Dinner @ Etosha Safari Camp Overnight Etosha Safari Camp DAY 9 TUESDAY Breakfast packs Full Day Etosha Game Drive Dinner @ Etosha Safari Camp Overnight Etosha Safari Camp DAY 10 WEDNESDAY Breakfast @ Etosha Safari Camp Transfer to Windhoek Drop-off at accommodation in Windhoek

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What people are saying about Walvis Bay

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 205 reviews

Absolutely loved the pelicans cavorting on the deck, the guide was great, the food and champagne was fantastic, we saw whales, penguins, seals and lots of dolphins. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Highly recommend xxx.

Beautiful nonetheless. Friendly staff. Handed out blankets because of the cold wind. Saw seals, dolphins and whales. Delicious lunch. Definitely recommend.

Cruise was excellent with a great crew ❤️❤️snacks and refreshments were also in abundance.,,would definitely book with them again

Fantastic tour, thank you to everyone at Catamaran Charters. Very exciting to have the pelicans and seals up close on the boat

Had an amazing time. The views are incredible, and the drive in the dunes is thrilling