The scenic shores of the Erongo region—from the Germanic Swakopmund to the traditional port town of Walvish Bay—showcase some of the aquatic wonder this deeply diverse but still mostly desert country has to offer. And while travelers to these coastal hot spots will experience some of Namibia’s most breathtaking views, a kayaking trip to Pelican Bay remains one of the most unique ways to experience the Namibian coast.
Hire a 4x4 or embark on a guided tour through saltpans and coastal flats where seapipers and greater and lesser flamingos populate smooth, sandy beaches. Spend the afternoon kayaking through the placid bay where thousands of seals splash and play in the water and dolphins nudge up against plastic-bottomed boats.
Sandy paths make navigating Pelican Point nearly impossible without a 4x4 vehicle. Travelers should be sure they’re comfortable riding on sandy shores before taking to the beaches on their own, or hire a local driver to ensure safe passage.