The Coastal Area Namibia
Walvis Bay with its prolific birdlife, Swakopmund a quaint desert town hedged by desert and sea and the Skeleton Coast a remote wilderness.’
Walvis Bay lagoon has large flocks of flamingos, Cape pelicans and migrant water birds whilst Swakopmund is a quaint town and Namibia’s original holiday resort situated on the Atlantic Ocean.
The Skeleton Coast earned its reputation from the many ships that met their demise due to fog and strong currents. It is an area of pounding seas, the Namib Desert and a stark but beautiful interior.
General information and tips on the area:
- A one or two night stay depending on your interests.
- A wide variety of hotels & pensions in the two towns.
- Walvis Bay lagoon is a RAMSAR site & is regarded as the most important wetland for coastal birds in Southern Africa.
- Sandwich Harbor south of Walvis Bay a reed-fringed lagoon at the foot of towering dunes is sought after by ornithologists and an important breeding ground for a variety of fish species.
- The Welwitschia Mirabilis, a botanical curiosity endemic to the Namib Desert can be seen on the Welwitschia Trail east of Swakopmund.
- Cape Cross Seal Reserve is situated 130km north of Swakopmund and protects the biggest colony of Cape fur seals that breed along the coast of Namibia & South Africa, opens at 10h00.
- Some of the largest lichen fields with a large variety of species.
- Guided tours of Rossing Uranium Mine, the world’s largest open-cast uranium mine.
- Historical buildings, museums, aquarium, art galleries, craft outlets, restaurants, dolphin cruise, township tours, scenic flights, adventure activities such as dune boarding & quad biking.
- Skeleton Coast National Park: southern section has one accommodation establishment
- Terrace Bay. Northern section managed as a wilderness area and can be visited with a private concessionaire who conducts fly-in safaris. Day visitors on route to Palmwag may drive through the park, permits can be obtained at the entrance gate.