Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay              
Walvis Bay is located on Namibia's west coast and is the largest deep-water commercial port of the country. With its fresh southwesterly breezes, the Walvis Bay Lagoon attracts boardsailing enthusiasts from all over the world. Walvis Bay is one of the worlds hotspots for windsurfing, kite surfing and kayaking. Boat cruises are also popular and provide great views of dolphins, seals and spectacular seabirds.

The Walvis Bay Yacht Club organizes regattas for hobby cats, fireballs and catamarans. The aim of the club is the encouragement of amateur yacht sailing and the operation of sea-going motor yachts in Walvis Bay and adjacent waters. In December the Club hosts the 19-mile-long Off-Shore Yacht Race from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund.

Walvis Bay is also a birdes paradise.Wetlands in and around Walvis Bay are home to a large number of migrant birds and to more than half of southern Africas flamingos. Regular bird counts at the Walvis Bay wetlands have shown that numbers of wetlands birds vary from 37,000 to 79,000 individuals, peaking at about 150,000, a number which includes about 50 % of the world population of the Chestnut-banded plovers.

Located against the sand dunes and the sea just south of Walvis Bay within the Namib-Naukluft Park, Sandwich Harbour is another wetland of international importance. Sandwich Harbour northern wetland is sustained by water seeping from an aquifer beneath the dunes. This freshwater wetland supports 36 species of fish and a large bird population of shorebirds, waders and flamingos. Peak bird counts suggest up to 70,000 birds in summer.