Walvis Bay Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Walvis Bay Safaris & wildlife activities

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. 

Kayaking and Sandwich Harbour Combo Tour

2. 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.

Highlights of Walvis Bay, Dune 7 Shore Excursion

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

Walvis Bay: Pelican Point & Sandwich Harbor Kayak & 4x4 Tour

7. Walvis Bay: Pelican Point & Sandwich Harbor Kayak & 4x4 Tour

The Kayak Combo is the combination of our Pelican Point Kayaking morning tour and an afternoon 4x4 ride in the breathtaking Sandwich Harbour Area of the Namib Naukluft Park. We spend the morning kayak next to our permanent seal colony at the tip of the Pelican Point Peninsula about 35 km outside of Walvis Bay. We regularly encounter Heaviside’s and Benguella Dolphins. Our kayaks are molded plastic sit-inside double kayaks. They are stable and suitable for inexperienced paddlers. Our guide will use a waterproof camera for some photos, which we will email to you withing a week after the tour (no extra cost). After refreshments, we head back to Walvis Bay to meet up with your Sandwich Harbour guide to see the Kuiseb River Delta, flamingoes, the saltpans and the wetlands just north of the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. If weather and tides allow, you will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands. Alternatively, you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of our many beautiful lookout spots. We return to Walvis Bay around 16h30.

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What people are saying about Walvis Bay

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.

We saw superb wildlife - dolphins, a whale, seals, and pelicans, and flamingos - and enjoyed an incredible set of seafood snacks and champagne. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kind.

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