Blogs from Walvis Bay, Namibia, Africa


Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay June 18th 2021

We are home! You may not be aware of the situation around here, so just go on internet on ENCA. Basically...the province is getting looted by ten of thousands of people. We are not moving out for now hoping for the best. Army has only started to be dispatched but I'm not sure if they will reach this area any time soon. Our direct vicinity is for the moment calm...but it could change anytime as we live 600 meters from one of the 2 big shopping centers in the region. Places are burning left and right less than 10kms from here. Once the calm will be restored...the worst will come. Most of Durban warehouses are under fire and saw it in films only. So food and supplies will be scared in the coming few days. ... read more
The best oysters I had in Africa! Locals from Walvis Bay...
Flamingoes in Walvis Bay

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay January 7th 2021

After two days we left the Spitzkoppe Lodge with its unique setting amidst boulders and sand, heading for the Atlantic Coast. Passing the desert of the Dorob National Park we thought for a minute to be in Arabia. The sand structure changed from red into the commonly known yellowish tint. The shape of the dunes reminded us of our Arabic Emirates excursion, we had in 2018. Dorob, means 'dry land', which indeed it is. Nothing this time, really nothing, grows here. No more acacia trees, no more welwitschia flower bushes. The park was established in 1975 and covers over 100'000 km2. It includes also the wetlands of the Atlantic coast, the habitat of numerous bird species, including flamingos and pelicans. This stretch of coast is also famous for seal colonies and dolphins. One of our objectives ... read more
the wonderful dune landscape

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay December 1st 2020

My typical car mates were back together at this point, with the.... quieter driver. We were heading from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay (another town recommended by friends). Most of us opted at lunch the day before to skip the kayaking with the seals after having spent enough time with them at Cape Cross. Instead, we decided to take a tour of the dunes in Sandwich Harbor, you know the iconic photo of Namibia with the giant golden dunes meeting the clear blue water of the Atlantic. It was even better than expected! Sandwich Harbor We arrived on time to the pier / boardwalk area, which was super nice! I believe it was 9 of us who joined the dune bashing and we got to ride with two guides, Eckhard and Rene, (I got to ride in ... read more
Sandwich Harbor - sparkling breakfast
Sandwich Harbor
Namib-Naukluft National Park

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay August 17th 2018

Notre dernier safari matinal à Erindi n’a pas été un grand succès. On avait encore comme guide l’équivalent sud-africain de notre cousin Miguel. On a fait la gaffe de lui dire qu’on n’était pas très intéressé à voir des lions ce matin, et il a alors cherché d’autres animaux qui ne se sont jamais pointés. Avec une demi-heure à faire, il a eu pitié et nous a donc emmenés voir des chiens sauvages en semi-captivité. L’un des animaux les plus laids de la savane. Nous sommes ensuite retournés au lodge pour un délicieux déjeuner et une dernière observation des hippos et des crocodiles dans le petit lac. On reprend ensuite la route vers Henties Bay, une petite station balnéaire perdue dans le brouillard au bord de l’Atlantique. En deux heures et 150km, la température passe de ... read more
Chien sauvage à Erindi
Chiens sauvages à Erindi
Petit safari matinal tranquil

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay August 14th 2016

My turn to do the blog again today, as Rob has been unwell and was unable to come on our planned excursion to Sandwich Harbour. I made the short walk to the B&B on my own and almost jumped out of my skin when an Alsatian launched itself, barking, at a fence right beside me. I was picked up after breakfast by a real character of a guide and the next 8 hours was spent in his company along with a pleasant French family, M. et Mme. Vincent and their four boys. On the way to Walvis Bay our guide told us a lot about the local area, the history and social situation. For example a substantial coastal development between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay was originally built to accommodate uranium miners, but following a disaster the ... read more
Sandwich Harbour
One of those drops!
Springbok in the dunes

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay May 8th 2016

It had been blowing a gale all night so it was no surprise when we went down for breakfast that the terrace where we had breakfasted the previous two days was closed and all the residents were enjoying their repast inside. This freak of nature is what is referred to as the sou'wester. The phenomenon is that the winds are not constant. There is calm before a gust of wind suddenly catches you off guard and it's then a case of 'hold on to your toupee!!' These gusts can be anything up to 50 or 60 mph. We settled the hotel bill and ordered a taxi to take us to the cruise terminal. 15 minutes later and £3.80 paid to the taxi driver we arrived at the departure lounge. The wind was still coming and going. ... read more
Chocolate dipped fruit- or what's left of them!!
Chris ready for a frame at the Crucible??!
Welcome to the Namib Dunes 2016!

Africa » Namibia » Walvis Bay January 17th 2016

Walvis Bay, Namibia, Returning to the monetary / economic indicator, the exchange rate for Namibia was 14 to 1 making it a prosperous and developed country in comparison to others. Perhaps a heritage of its former colonial master Germany there was very little garbage or litter lying about. I cannot comment on the rest of the country but Walvis Bay and Swakopmud were very modern and prosperous. Swakopmud buildings continue to show its German heritage. Our first stop was Walvis Bay lagoon where flamingos are abundant. The next stop was Dune 7. On the drive there it appeared that we were paralleling a range of sand coloured mountains, not realizing that these were sand dunes. Taking the roard to Dune 7 we briefly got stuck in a sand drift. Fortunately there were six men there with ... read more

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

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