Things to Do in Walvis Bay
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.
Namibia is known for its vast savannahs and open plains, but as visitors inch closer to the north, deeper in the south and further to the west they’ll find rocky cliffs and steep passes that speak to another kind of beauty in this sparsely populated nation.
While most of the roads that lead through these passes curve over the mountaintops, providing incredible views of the lands below. But the road at Kuiseb Pass, in Namibia’s south, descends through a river along a tar and dirt strip. Though the pass can become impossible to navigate during rainy season, it’s an easy voyage most of the year. Just after the pass, visitors can stop at an impressive viewpoint overlooking Kuiseb Canyon and Carp Cliff,. The latter served as a shelter for two well-known German geologists who sought safety in the desert to avoid interment camps during World War Two.