Dune 7 near Walvis Bay

Dune 7 near Walvis Bay

Photo by Hansueli Krapf (wikimedia commons)

Motorhoming in Walvis Bay

Photo by Brian McMorrow (wikimedia commons)Aerial photo of the harbour area Photo by Brian McMorrow (wikimedia commons)

Walvis Bay is only 30 Km south of Swakopmund, so for this reason we’re going to concentrate on the area to the south, which holds some pretty fantastic places to visit in a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle.

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As with all the other areas in Namibia, there are plenty of sites to spend a night or two.  Many sites near the more popular attractions get pretty booked up in the high season, so if there’s a site you particularly want to stay at then it worthwhile making a reservation in good time.  If you’re not too worried about where you stay, and are happy to find somewhere along the route, then you’ll be ok too, but remember not to camp along the road at night as it can confuse other motorists at night, even if they shouldn’t be driving.

Top things to see and do

Probably the best attraction for visitors to Walvis Bay is Bird Island and the lagoon, which is home to half the population of flamingo in southern Africa.  It’s also the stop off point for over 150,000 migrating birds every year.  This is an ornithologist’s heaven.

Visit Sossusvlei, the biggest dunes in the world.  It’s a day’s drive from Walvis Bay, so start out early and enjoy the scenery on the way down.  The most famous thing to do in the dunes is to get up really early and watch the sunrise.  To do this you will have to stay inside the camp gates, there’s only on site, so if this is what you really want to do then make a reservation.  If you’re not too worried there are lots of campsite outside, but you will have to drive in the dark to get to the park gates at opening time.  If you’ve not got a 4x4, you’ll need to leave you vehicle in the 2x4 car park and either walk, or take one of the 4x4 shuttles.  When you get to the top, find yourself somewhere to sit, and wait.  The shadows as the sun rises are amazing.  Of course, you can visit here at anytime before they close the gates, but when the sun starts to rise is gets hotter and hotter; don’t forget you’re in the dessert.

Visit Luderitz the Chicago of Namibia, why Chicago, well, its very windy!  If you love windsurfing or kite surfing, this is the place to come.  The area around Luderiz is also where you can explore deserted towns that are becoming reclaimed by the sand.

Go almost to the border with South Africa and visit Fish River Canyon.  Here, you can do some wonderful hikes in the second largest canyon in the world, there’s also the Ai-Ais hot springs, a good opportunity to soak those tired legs after your hike.

Walvis Bay is an alternative resting point to Swakopmund if you prefer somewhere a little quieter on your motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday, or as the starting point for your journey south.

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