Blogs from Walvis Bay, Namibia, Africa

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Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay May 6th 2010

Today was a day of rest. As such, I slept in until 07h00, washed, dressed and headed off for breakfast. Whilst there were some other tourists in the room, I was the only one from our group. Taking coffee, bacon and eggs, I dined slowly ensuring that I finished at 08h00, the time at which my free day would start. Pieter arrived exactly on schedule. We shook hands and he let me to his car. Five minutes later, we were at another hotel where he collected six Germans. It appeared that I was going to spend my entire time in Southern Africa having to speak anything but English! Swakopmund was cold when we set off across the desert road to Walvis Bay. The entire journey was shrouded in mist, which is not uncommon in an area ... read more
Walvis Bay: Our Boat
Walvis Bay
Cape Cormorant

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay April 26th 2010

This newly independent nation is one of the most stable countries in Africa. It takes hardy people to live in this harsh desert environment with its barren coastlines and migrating sand mountains. Namibia is called “the land God made in anger.” But the country is teeming with exotic wildlife and unique vegetation. For instance there are desert elephants and the Welwitschia mirabilis plant which can live for 1000 years. “Big Daddy” sand dune is supposed to be the highest dune in the world. Brad and Angelina awaited the birth of their daughter at the deluxe Burning Shore Resort just up the road from Walvis Bay. Our friend Hilda came face to face with a spitting cobra on her hotel room lanai while spending several nights on a desert safari. As soon as we entered Walvis Bay ... read more
Namib Desert
The Camel Team
Namibian Choral Group

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay April 19th 2010

The Namib Desert is said to be the world’s oldest living desert and is what a real desert should look like. Some of the dunes rise over 1,000 feet above the surrounding desert plains. There are crescent shaped dunes that migrate up to 2 or 3 yards a year, covering and uncovering whatever crosses its path. There are fossil dunes that consist of ancient sand that solidified millions of years ago. Then there are the star-shaped dunes, formed by the multi-directional winds that tumble the sand back and forth. Today we chose the Swakopmund Sightseeing tour that left the ship at 8:30am. We drove along the coastal road and stopped for some fabulous flamingo photos. We then headed inland into the Namib Desert and stopped at Dune 7, the highest sand dune in the Walvis Bay ... read more
Skinny Legs
Up Closer
A Little Reflection

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay April 18th 2010

After a relaxing day at sea and a fun Captain’s Party last night, we arrived at Walvis Bay, Namibia at noon and were signed up for the Dolphin & Seal Cruise that left the pier about 12:45. We were bused a short distance to another pier where we met our tour boat. Namibia is a former German protectorate but has been independent since 1990. Namibia is often called “The Land God Made in Anger”, because of its stark surreal landscapes, untamed wilderness and harsh environment. It has sand dunes that roar, rumble and wander, shipwrecks that litter the barren coastlines, some of the most desolate and spectacular scenery in the world, and many unique plants and animals. Walvis Bay sits on the edge of this vast country. It is formerly a South African enclave, and still ... read more
Great Company
Kevin and Susan
Suzanne and Annette

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay December 27th 2009

We are to visit Walvis Bay today, but I am not sure that will be ultimately achieved. I was just awakened by Jennifer with sad news that has got me a bit depressed. Matt will know right off what I'm talking about - Urban Meyer is leaving college football and the Gators. I completely understand why he is doing it but I think that he and the people we have on the team these last few years are a group of very special people and it is sad to see that the season should finish this way. I think our loss to Alabama was the first sign that things were not right as a whole for the team. I think that Tebow, like Meyer, realized after his laying unconscious on the field that victory was not ... read more

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Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay September 17th 2009

Bring Them All Home We've made our way back up to Windhoek and then over to the coast, courtesy of some near-hands-free driving, by our bus driver to the the curiously-named Swakopmund (try saying it - it sounds almost like somewhere in Yorkshire) with it's pleasant yet slightly strange Mid-West-America-meets-provincial-German-meets-African style of architecture, where we stay in very pleasant Alternative Space boutique lodge (nice one, Sue). Today is our day to go and do a bit of sea kayaking. As I'm sure you've guessed, this isn't purely in the interests of water sports and there's some animals involved in it somewhere. Knowing who'd be doing the paddling in a tandem, individual sea kayaks have been ordered. However, two of our co-kayakers haven't been given individual kayaks due to a slight booking misunderstanding, so Tim's efforts to ... read more
Sue get's a nibble

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay September 16th 2009

Greetings avid readers (at least I hope) Here is the latest update of blog starting with the boring bit (waiting for the Landy) Walvis Bay is very quiet. A picturesque place just again very quiet, surprisingly so seen it has the only deep water port on the west coast of Africa and is the second largest town in Namibia. Its main attraction is its lagoon which attracts dolphins, seals, pelicans and flamingos. We saw a seal jump on a boat, no dolphin sightings. There were lots of flamingos to see as you walked around the lagoon they were all feeding on the sand flats, lots of pelicans on the shores and flying by too. The only other attraction for us was the US tennis open. So it was a very inpatient wait for the landrover, praying ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay September 6th 2009

August 30-Sept 5 Had a great day today, met two guys from South Africa last night who were staying in our backpackers, Adam joined them for a whiskey and we got chatting. They were really good guys who kindly invited us to join them today to go dune boarding and quad biking in Nambi desert. The dunes were amazing, I have never seen such a big desert and we only saw 1 tiny section, the dunes carried on as far as the eye could see. Then on the other side there was the ocean. The drive there was surreal with huge dunes on side and the ocean on the other. First we waxed our board to help give us more speed (I was not sure I needed to go any faster), we had our quick lesson ... read more
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Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay March 29th 2009

Hello! It is raining today, so I can take time out from being out in the sun on the deck. The past week has been absolutely perfect without a cloud in the sky. Hundreds and hundreds of flying fish as we make our way from Namibia to Ghana. Back to Cape Town for a moment. I went back to Table Mountain with Hugh so he could see the view from up there. The clouds were just starting to roll in as we came down from the top. They call it the tablecloth because the clouds drape over the flat top just like a tablecloth. The rest of our time in Cape Town was spent in the area around the ship -- the Victoria and Alfred (not Albert!) Waterfront. They have shops from grocery stores to Gucci, ... read more

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay February 25th 2009

Sorry for the ridiculous amount of time between posts. I have been so busy since Namibia with school work and another big trip in South Africa. But now to the point of this post: Namibia. I went into Namibia expecting absolutely nothing special, thinking of it as more of a stop to make sure we do not lose our minds on the ship. This mindset proved to be the best part of this stop. When we reached Walvis Bay (pronounced wall-fish), we were greeted by a young girls choir. The girls came onto the ship and sang to us and afterward we showed them around. The girls were so happy to meet and talk with us. We took them to the computer lab and let them print out their names on sheets of paper. It is ... read more
The Desert and Me
The Oyster
The Dune




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