Walvis - Oct 2014 - Quiet, peaceful and windy (in the afternoon)
Walvis - Becoming to busy
Swakopmund review - Quaint and lovely beach town. Excellent restaurants (The Tug, Koeki's Pub, The Wreck).
Desert land as seen on TV - Beautiful town; the ocean and desert really provides the best of both worlds. Enjoyed the township tour even though I'm from a township but it was exciting. The view from 10 feet (sky diving) was beautiful. Relaxed and everything was a stone's throw away.
Swakopmund - Love the town! Friendly people, fascinating buildings, shopping is good and quads (Desert Explorers) was excellent and most enjoyable!
Suzette van der Schyff
Perfect holiday location - The Swakopmund area is highly recommended as offers so much from brilliant outdoor activities and fresh air to excellent restaurants and classy shops.
Boerebahamas (Henties Baai) - Baie lekker plek om vakansie te hou, plek is maar net n bietjie te duur en het meer ontspanning geriewe nodig vir tieners en jongmense.
KZN travellers - Always a pleasure to stay in Swakopmund, friendly quiet atmosphere. Info offices very good. Desert Explorer Tour EXCELLENT.
Langstrand - Hierdie strand is tussen Walvisbaai en Swakopmund geleë. Dit is 'n nuwe ontwikkelde gedeeldte.
Place of tranquility - Dolphin Beach is such a beautiful place, pity that so many building sites and big houses are busy to ruin the view and nature on the beach.
Get all your groceries in Walvis Bay or Swakopmund beforehand as there are no shops at Dolphin Beach. It is situated right in the middle of these two towns about 15 km away.
Swakopmund - Hospitable place with polite people throughout town.
Excellent Holiday destination - Excellent Holiday destination
LIFETIME EXPERIENCE - I have never been to a place so clean in my lifetime. An exceptional experience ever" THE DESERT"
Swakopmund - Dit was baie lekker, die ontbyt die diens almal is vriendelik.
Ben Mostert Ben
Interesting - A lot of things to do and see! Wow!
Great new years fun - A great place to have an adventure or seaside relax.
Lots to do and eat and drink, great fun.
Unforgettable experience - We were in Swakopmund for 8 wonderful days. It was an unforgettable experience and I'm already planning my next visit. I will stay at Amarachi Guesthouse again because of the fine people and good service. Thanks!
Visit to Long Beach November 2013 - As a family we were appalled at the number of dead seals we found on the beach. We also did not approve of numerous vehicles - bakkies and quad bikes - that went up and down the beach right on the waterline.
Swakopmund & Long Beach - One word sums it up - outstanding! The town is so clean and the people are the friendliest I have ever met. We did some quad biking in the desert and saw Weltwitchia drive, moon landscapes, salt pans, flamingos, Dune 7, Guanikontes oasis. We even went sightseeing up to Henties. There are so many things to do - too many to mention here.
Great Holidays - Shore fishing is Henties Bay's number one attraction. The Henties Bay Golf Course is laid out in the Valley. Nine-hole golf course, extending over a distance of 2.7 km with well-tended grass greens and tees, while the fairways are virgin desert sand. Quad-bikes have fun in the dunes.
A peculiar and probably one of the most photographed landmarks in Hentie's is the Gallows, an old tree stump with a rope and noose, bup up in 1978 as a 'friendly but firm warning to keep the town and beach clean - or else!
Relaxing - Henties Bay is primarily a holiday town where you can truly relax in a quiet environment and miles of beaches. Henties offers good quality self-catering accommodation and guesthouses, B&B's, restaurants, supermarkets, medical facilities and all public amenities. A place to truly guarantee a relaxing and care-free holiday!
A great experience is the 4X4 Scenic Desert Route in the Dorob Park.
Great - Great
Walvisbay Waterfront - A boat cruise from the harbour is a must in your tour of Walvis Bay. It was a wonderful experience!
Too short a stay - We stayed in a lovely guesthouse for 2 days. Next time we will go for longer!
stefanus van niekerk
Lovely setting on the coastline - We rented a self-catering townhouse which was great and had a lovely stay for 3 days. Will go back there
stefanus van niekerk
Walvis Bay - Fishing Industry 10/10.
Should like to visit Walvis Bay again and get more stories from retired fishermen that's been covered by the sand dunes.
Ahhh... - Beautiful. Flamingos in the sea, restaurants with great food and the waves crashing just below you... Paradise!
Anita du Toit
Wonderlike Swakopmund! - Sal oor en oor soontoe gaan-wonderlike mense. Sommer net die perfekte plek!
Walvis - Walvis became our destination of choice in Namibia.
Great restaurants, relaxed vibe, lots to do and not overcrowded with other tourists.
Suburbia - Strange mix of architecture. We had a pseudo castle next door. Hardly saw any neighbours. Lacks atmosphere.
Not just a harbour and fishing boats - Walvis Bay has to be the industrial and economic heart of Namibia. But it is not just a harbour town - the pelicans in the bay; the lagoon; the sand dunes; the salt pans; the lovely ocean drives; boat tours and the ocean-going cruises give Walvis Bay a charm of its own. There are also direct flight from Cape Town and Windhoek, not just Johannesburg.
The old heart of Swakopmund! - Kramersdorf used to be the "old upmarket" and more "German" residential neighbourhood of town.
It is right off town centre, walking distance to shops, restaurants, beach, dunes, river... very central!
The old neighbourhood is currently undergoing a total revamp as the town is really expanding, and the neighbourhood is now becoming again , from the "old upmarket area" to the "new upmarket area" due to its proximity to town centre, the nice architecture and leafy streets.
Swakopmund as a holiday destination - The architecture is great. Coming from South Africa it was great being able to spend rands. We went on the seal and Dolphin tour and the living desert tours. They were the highlights of the holiday. A bit expensive but well worth it. We spent 5 days there and that was just enough time. Lots of great memories were made!!!
A town of innumerable facets! - Swakopmund proved to be a very charming town, both for its location on the ocean, and for the opportunities it offers. In fact, there are many activities that can be performed. You can also visit the Moon Landscape and the Weltwischia drive, carrying out the Desert Tour It is also worth a visit to the modern city and the Township.
Swakopmund - I was 40 years back in Swakopmund as young boy of ten years old - how big was my surprise to see this big, beautiful and pleasant town it became. Our visit was for 3 days and was far too short to explore the town and surroundings. This was the highlight of our 10 day tour in namibië. I'm already planning our next visit to swakopmund and can't wait to be back soon.
Swakopmund - is a great town to visit. You must realise that it isnt a "beach town" even though its on the sea. The mist in the mornings is cold. However, there are lots of things to do during the day for young and old. Great German bakeries and restaurants, lovely seafood places (The Wreck restaurant is highly recommend).
Walvis Bay Jewel of the Namib - Where in the world do you see the beauty of the desert and ocean meeting in such majestic beauty?
Walvis Bay is situated between the Namib Desert on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breath-taking sceneries and a unique off road driving experience. Dune 7 is a must for all visitors to Walvis Bay being the highest sand dune in the area and a challenge for those who want to climb out the height of the outstanding landmark. The natural lagoon in Walvis Bay is the largest single area of shallow water on the west coast of Africa and this tranquil stretch of water with its natural beauty is accentuated by thousands of flamingos and other birds. It has been declared a Ramsar (Convention on Wetlands, 1971) site because of its value as a wetland area. Another must see is Sandwich Harbour located 48km to the south of Walvis Bay, and is a spectacular and photo-worthy destination. Permits and a 4x4 vehicle are needed to visit Sandwich Harbour but are well worth the effort for anglers, ornithologists and nature lovers. Visitors to the town can join in the euphoria of the town with endless possibilities savouring traditional cuisine such as ostrich, kudu, gemsbok, fish, lobster, calamari and oysters in hotels, restaurants and cafes. Organised boat tours are an absolute must with a variety to choose from. On these tours one has the chance of encountering dolphins, seals, turtles, Sunfish, while enjoying Sparkling wine, fresh oysters and snacks.
It is well suited for the outdoor lifestyle, boasting sports such as sand boarding, kiting, surfing, swimming, angling, sailing, golf and other indoor and outdoor sport codes.
Other places of interest are the local museum, Salt Works, Civic Centre with its massive wood carvings, Rheinische Mission Kirche (a National Monument).
Travel and tour agents in Walvis Bay can arrange tours at short notice for small and large groups. There is also an airport with direct flights to and from Johannesburg.
Walvis Bay is only situated 30km from Swakopmund which is another tourist attraction on its own.
Walvis Bay awaits all and guarantees every visitor an unforgettable experience.
Hannelie Or Derick Oosthuizen Or Loteryman
Swakopmund Coast - A beautiful experience!
Wow Walvis Bay Wow - Walvis Bay i sa small town but rich in heritage and historical woth Since it was annexed by Germany and then South Africa. I enjoyed Dune 7 so much and Quad biking at th same Dune 7, then of Sea fishing. Most importan is that the Town is very very clean. I was very impressed. The people there are friendly. Ireally felt like i was home. I recommended friends and relatives to visit Walvis Bay.
toes in the Atlantic - Swakopmund--Friendly people, clean, good food, good lodging, easy to get around, great beach. Not your typical African experience. But Namibia isn't your typical African country. Namibia has all of the best of Africa in one user-friendly clean affordable seemingly prosperous country - scenery, culture, folk art, animals, ocean, desert, big towns, little villages, good food.
By the sea! - After driving 300km's through rough gravel roads, Swakopmund is the perfect oasis after spending some time in the desert. It is a real "German" village with good quality shops as well as some truly awesome coffee shops and restaurants that serve decent German food. Staff were friendly whereever we went and I found accommodation costs more reasonable than in other towns in Namibai.
One in a Million! - One million tourists from all over the world pass through Swakopmund every year. Need I say any more?
Zalia van der Walt
Holiday outing - Walvis is a very good place to visit and i will be visiting again in December with my family
Swakopmund - It is the most beautiful town in Namibia. It is my dream to move from JHB to this perl on Atlantic coast.
Walvis Bay is just Fantastic - Walvis Bay is just fantastic. There is much to see and do while in Walvis Bay. You can enjoy the beach and relax on it. Get a boat and sail through the sea to some island where you will see thousands and thousands of birds. You can drive quard bikes into Dune 7 or drive into town both in Walvis Bay and Swaopmund and enjoy the town life. Accomodation is excelent and reasonably depending on where you choose to stay. Facilities and services are just excellent. Everytime I am in Walvis Bay, its like its my first time. I like the place for my holiday.
Swakopmund - Swakopmund is a charming villlage on the Namibian coastline. To all it a town would take away some of its charm. A lot of the architecture is German and the streets make one feel as though they have gone into a small German village. There is lots to do there and wonderful paved seaside walks to take. The weather is very different from the rest of Namibia hence the reason that everryone flocks there for the Xmas season. Dont miss going to close bag Walvis
Bay and experience a Dune Tour on quadikes with a man who is like a walking encyclopedia on the area he has a concession for which is close to Sandwich Harbour. There are lots of guest houses and hotels to stay in and plent of furnished accommodation available for visitors. A large variety of restaurants and two amazing book shops.
Nested between lagoon and dunes - Walvis Bay has this special feature to be Namibia's second biggest town and lay lazily along a wonderful protected lagoon, with flock of flamingoes, pelicans, ... backed by the dunes of the world oldest desert, the Naukluft.
For a long time, Walvis considered herself as an industrial town only , neglecting tourism but the spectacular environment and the tourist attractions have imposed a drastic change to the place.
Walvis Bay is the departure of numerous excursions and activities : seals and dolphin cruises, (whale watching in season), 4 X 4 adventures to Sandwich Harbour (one of the unique places in the world where the dunes meet the sea) kayak, kitesurf, sandboarding, quadbikes....
A new cosy waterfront has developped with restaurants on the sea, coffee shops, souvenir shops and cruises departure point.
It is so peaceful to walk safely along the lagoon, watching the birds, enjoying the beautiful sunset, that you will truly feel that everything is here for your pleasure !
Helene and Wilfried Meiller
Coastal Town - - It's a city divided between 2 worlds, the Atlantic Ocean and the magnificant dunes.
- Best holiday destination where you go go on board one of the catamarns for Dolphyne cruises, driving on the dunes, have picnic in the middle of the dunes or enjoy the a good picnic next to the Kuiseb riverbed.
- One of the cleanest cities in the world and wide open streets in all surburbs.
Welll planned town planning structure with top class upmarket beach front houses, town houses and flats.
- Have a braai next to the ocean at any given time.
- You find the best accomodation establishments at very low prices.
- Low crime rate and CBD is 5 minutes drive.
Swakopmund the Desert Jewel - Swakopmund: To think that this ‘Germanic’ adventure town with only 40, 000 inhabitants hosts a wide range of activities that even the faint hearted can enjoy what it has to offer. This is truly a hot spot for those that want to indulge in adventure, aviation, culture, nature, fine cuisine or retail therapy!
‘Safaring’ on a quad bike, surfing down or zooming like a rocket on your belly on a sandboard, taking a day hike or even seeing this scenic yet historical town are just a few adventures that lie off Nathaniel Maxuilili Drive.
Desert Adventures, The Cardboard Box and Okakambe Trails are experienced companies that will take you into the oldest desert in the world, The Namib Desert. You can definitely be sure that it will be a journey you will never forget.
If you are one that rather wants to get a bird’s eye view of this magical place by plane or take in the sights while floating tandem or static line down to earth then Scenic Air Flights and Ground Rush Adventures will take you on a trip that will have you beaming days afterwards.
But if you are a hopeless romantic and rather want to soar above Swakopmund’s early hugging mist which shows off the fiery red desert all the while the sun creeps into the bluest of skies, then hot air ballooning is for you.
Taking Sam Nujoma Avenue into town will not only take you to the worlds largest 520 million year old Quartz Crystal, at the Ktistall Galerie, but it will also lead you to the Swakopmund Museum.
In 1951 the Swakopmundt Municipality held a competition which was open to the public to promote its town. To think that the local dentist, Dr Weber, entered a detailed proposal to ‘store-case’ Swakopmund’s history in an old shed and ended up taking first prize and now today still show cases artefacts from a Schutztruppen officer in Germany to contributions from the Namibian Breweries.
Such a difficult choice to be made as Swakopmund has so much to choose from. Guess you will have to go by what your taste buds are screaming for! Here are a few to ‘wet’ your appetite:
If you want to get a feel for this Germanic town, you have to visit the The Swakopmund Brauhaus. A wide range of imported beers are also on hand to satisfy any appetite alongside the ocean fresh fish or their renown grilled Eisbien.
A five minute stroll down to the famous Swakopmund jetty, you will find The Tug blending in with the most glorious backdrop; the ocean. What more could you want than to stare into the blue eyes of the ocean whilst enjoying Swakopmund’s freshest seafood available.
At the tip of the Swakopmund jetty is the classy Jetty 1905. You couldn’t get closer to the ocean if you tried! They too have fresh seafood but also a wonderful selection of sushi and international cuisine.
If it is a lighthouse experience you want then 22 Degrees South is the place to be. The lovely décor of this little restaurant gives the feeling of a quaint Italian backdrop but yet keeping the bright red and white lighthouse at its heart. Pizzas, pastas, seafood are all part of the delicious Italian and Mediterranean menu.
Nature Seekers: There is plenty to see from the sky to the sea. From ‘game’ sighting on the Golf course, kayaking amongst the dolphins in Walvis Bay Lagoon or spotting creatures that come out at night on a desert ‘sundowner-safari’ you are in for a treat.
Boat trips from Walvis Bay Lagoon are bound to keep your day entertained or even try throwing a line to see what may bite. If you are not the fishing type but rather like the feather kind then Turnstone Tours or Safari Wise Namibia will leave you in awe of the vast selection of birds that the Swakopmund area has to offer.
The living desert tour with either Tommy or Chris is a must if you wish to experience the little five. To see the geckos beetles sidewinders and chameleons and how they survive the searing heat and draw their moisture from the ever present fog is a wonderful experience
Another fascinating trip is the Kuiseb Delta adventures trip where fossilized Elephant Cape Buffalo and giraffe tracks can be viewed. One is introduced to the river people the Topnaars and shown how they survive this harsh arid desert. Don’t miss out on a desert tour to the moon landscape where the 1000 year old Welwitchia Mirabilis can be viewed It is commonly also described a a living fossil It is found only in the Namib desert and southern Angola.
Retail Therapy: Following Sam Nujoma into town will keep your shopping shoes on the move as there are stunning little shops offering Karakul carpets, gems, African Curios, imported items from Germany or take home something reminding you of the beach!
The foggy mornings, sunny lunches, warm waters and exquisite nights are always waiting for what you want to choose to do each day! Are you ready?
Swakopmund - Swakopmund the Oasis in the Namib Desert, with Palm-lined streets, promenades at the sea with the finest Holiday accommodation along the West Coast of Africa, a pleasant all summer season climate and beaches. Welcome to Namibia's premier holiday resort! During the summer holidays and long weekends thousands of Namibians flock to the historical holiday resort Swakopmund, and for a number of reasons; Swakopmund has a real holiday feel to it and everyone wants to be there; during the December holidays, the cool breeze of the West coast offers relief from the intense heat of the interior; and more importantly as for the tourist is concerned in these up to date times, Swakop has changed, and has become the countries leading adrenaline destination, with a wide range of activities to suit all ages.
The area of the Namib is a living desert around this pictureque Swakopmund and West Coast Recreational Area which are the main purpose. There are countless pursuits to help you spend your time, and money. For those people who are interested in adventure activities Swakopmund offers sandboarding, dune carting, parachuting, quad biking, hot air ballooning, shark fishing, deep sea fishing and beach angling to start with, For the more sedentary there are art galleries, restaurants, cafes, museums, a snake park and aquarium.
The the architecture and general feeling of Swakopmund might become more and more to your liking. This town has the ambiance associated with a small German village, and the town seems to be stuck in time, although in recent times the new generation have woken up to the tourist potential of the area, Swakopmund still manages to create a feeling of timelessness.
The Swakopmund Railway station was completed in 1901 and now houses the Swakopmund Hotel and Casino, while the bells of the Deutche evanglical Church were imported from Germany. Standing close to the State House (Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht) is the Swakop Lighthouse at just over 20 meters it has been functional since 1902.
Buildings and monuments of note in Swakopmund include the Marine memorial, Princess Rupprecht House, the War memorial in memory of those killed in World War 2, originally a military hospital now a private guest house.The Kaserne buildings originally served as a barracks and is of a similar design to the Alte Feste in Windhuk and Namutoni in Etosha. The old Prisonis still fully operational and provides accommodation for the criminal fraternity of the coast.
The main beach area the Mole, and is the result of a largely unsuccessful attempt in the early 1900's to construct the artificial harbour. The towns most iconic symbol is the Swakopmund jetty, initially used as mooring for ships and it became a popular are for anglers and walkers later, Recently large scale work has been completed on the jetty which now proudly boasts a small restaurant and bar area.
The early mornings and evenings in Swakopmund can be cold throughout the year, as the cold Atlantic Ocean meeting the Namib Desert creates a fog bank. This coolness is often a relief from the heat of the rest of Namibia, but does mean that Swakopmund is not the tropical sunbathing mecca that most people imagine.
There is a great variety of accommodation establishments which cater for all tastes and budgets. It should be noted that these establishments will definitely need to be booked in advance especially if you are travelling in the busy December holidays.
The Welwitschia drive is an interesting way to spend a few hours and introduces you to some of the fauna and flora of the Namib Desert and for day trippers a visit to the Skeleton Coast and the seals are worth a visit. Bird lovers can pay a visit to the Swakopmund Salt Works or the Walvis Bay Lagoon, which in season is frequented by thousands of flamingos.