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Walvis Bay, Namibia

Walvis Bay is located at Namibia's west coast and is the only commercial port of the country.

Climate

Walvis Bay features the very rare mild variation of the desert climate (BWn) according to the Köppen climate classification. It is caused by the rain shadow of the Naukluft Mountains and the cooling effect of the coastal sea temperature by the Benguela Current. Walvis Bay receives only 13.2 millimeters (0.52 in) average precipitation per year, making it one of the driest cities on earth. Despite its dry climate, the city is relatively humid. Average relative humidity throughout the year remains above 80%. The warmest month is February with an average temperature of 17.9 °C (64.2 °F), while the coolest months are August and September with an average temperature of 13.2 °C (55.8 °F). The diurnal temperature range is also low, averaging only 5.7 °C (10.2 °F). As one of the effects of manmade... Read more

Walvis Bay, Namibia

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Walvis Bay is located at Namibia's west coast and is the only commercial port of the country.

Climate

Walvis Bay features the very rare mild variation of the desert climate (BWn) according to the Köppen climate classification. It is caused by the rain shadow of the Naukluft Mountains and the cooling effect of the coastal sea temperature by the Benguela Current. Walvis Bay receives only 13.2 millimeters (0.52 in) average precipitation per year, making it one of the driest cities on earth. Despite its dry climate, the city is relatively humid. Average relative humidity throughout the year remains above 80%. The warmest month is February with an average temperature of 17.9 °C (64.2 °F), while the coolest months are August and September with an average temperature of 13.2 °C (55.8 °F). The diurnal temperature range is also low, averaging only 5.7 °C (10.2 °F). As one of the effects of manmade climate change, there has also been considerable warming at the airport in recent years. On 17 May 2015, the temperature at Rooikop near Walvis Bay International Airport reached 37.4 °C.

Entertainment and sport

Walvis Bay contains open spaces, scenic beauty, and unique marine and plant life. It is well suited for the outdoor lifestyle, boasting sports such as sandboarding, kiting, surfing, swimming, angling, sailing, golf and other indoor and outdoor sport codes. There is Walvis Bay Lagoon and Aquatic Activities, Kuiseb River Delta and the beach itself where people enjoy swimming and catching fish.

The 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) sand spit allows the adjacent water to remain smooth in very strong winds, ideal for record attempting vessels like that by the Vestas Sailrocket. 

The ocean-facing side of the sand spit includes a world-famous surf spot known in the international surf media as "Skeleton Bay."

It is home to Eleven Arrows F.C. and Blue Waters F.C., local football clubs that compete in the Namibia Premier League. The Sparta Cricket Club Ground is also located in Walvis Bay.

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Walvis Bay, Namibia: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at Walvis Bay Harbour about a 10-minute walk from a pier. You should avoid walking in the port on your own since it's an industrial zone. Shuttle buses will take you to the center of the Old Town.

Get around Walvis Bay, Namibia


Cars can easily be hired at Walvis Bay Airport.

What to see in Walvis Bay, Namibia


  • Wetlands. Three important wetlands exist for migratory birds. The lagoon is south-west of town and the habitat for flamingos and the endangered Damara Tern.
  • Flamingos. Flamingos feed in the shallow waters by the beach and in the wetlands.

What to do in Walvis Bay, Namibia


There are quite some activities to do in Walvis Bay.
  • Kitesurfing. Head on down to the lagoon to ride the waves. Lessons and equipment by http://www.namibiakite.com.
  • Go fishing. Rods can be rented. You need a fishing permit through which can be bought at the ministry of fisheries for 14 N$ for 30 days (Inspectorate Office, 1st Street, phone: +264 64 2016111, Monday-Sunday 8-13). Speak to the locals about the various fishing spots.
  • Dolphin watching. Checkout Mola Mola cruises for dolphin and seal cruises Tel +264 64 205 511.
  • Dune boarding. Buy a dune board in town and head 6km out of town to

    Dune 7

    for an inexpensive thrill.

What to eat and drink in Walvis Bay, Namibia


Eat

  • The Raft Restaurant Bistro and Bar. A Great Restaurant with a great atmosphere, on a pier in the lagoon, an absolute must if you are in Walvis Bay. Large restaurant offering a huge a la carte menu, and bistro and bar area with the best pizzas and burgers for miles. Definitely worth the drive from

    Swakopmund

    (a mere 35kms). For directions, just ask anybody for 'The Lagoon' it's on stilts in the water opposite The Pelican Bay Hotel, you can't miss it. Phone +264 64 204877.
  • Crazy Mama's. Funky bistro with pizza, salad, and vegetarian options.
  • Probst. A German cafe serving some of the best sandwiches. Try the "rawhak" roll.
  • Bonaroma. Great Italian inspired food, lots of seafood as is common with Walvis Bay. Friendly staff.

Drink

The Raft Restaurant and Bar, A lively bar and bistro offering great views and wood-fired pizza in the Bistro area. Top class Restaurant also within the same premises. +264 64 204877.

Shopping in Walvis Bay, Namibia


There are several malls in Walvis Bay with stores selling goods for every taste. 
Jewelry, clothes, gifts, crafts, souvenirs, etc. - you can find all of it there.

Safety in Walvis Bay, Namibia


Although Namibia is a peaceful country, its crime rate is relatively high. You should always use your common sense. Be careful at ATM's. Don't carry jewelry and other valuables. And in general, don't show your wealth.
Pickpockets are possible.
You should be aware of tourist robbery in Walvis Bay.

Language spoken in Walvis Bay, Namibia


Although English is the official language, Oshiwambo is the most widely spoken language in Namibia.

LOCAL TIME

2:02 pm
September 20, 2019
Africa/Windhoek

CURRENT WEATHER

15.95 °C / 60.71 °F
broken clouds
Sat

15.85 °C/61 °F
few clouds
Sun

19.28 °C/67 °F
sky is clear
Mon

22.95 °C/73 °F
sky is clear
Tue

25.26 °C/77 °F
sky is clear

LOCAL CURRENCY

NAD

1 USD = 0 NAD
1 EUR = 0 NAD
1 GBP = 0 NAD
1 AUD = 0 NAD
1 CAD = 0 NAD

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