Bird Sanctuary in Walvis Bay

Salt Works

Southwest of the lagoon is this 3500-hectare salt-pan complex, which currently supplies over 90% of South Africa's salt. As with the one in Swakopmund, these pans concentrate salt from seawater with the aid of...

Monument in Walvis Bay

The Hope

During the winter, rail services between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are often plagued by windblown sand, which covers the tracks and undermines the trackbed and sleepers. This isn’t a new problem – 5km east of...

Bird Sanctuary in Walvis Bay

Bird Paradise

Immediately east of town at the municipal sewage-purification works is this nature sanctuary, which consists of a series of shallow artificial pools, fringed by reeds. An observation tower and a short nature walk...

Lagoon in Walvis Bay


The shallow and sheltered 45,000-hectare lagoon, southwest of town and west of the Kuiseb River mouth, attracts a range of coastal water birds and enormous flocks of lesser and greater flamingos. It also supports...

Church in Walvis Bay

Rhenish Mission Church

Walvis Bay’s oldest remaining building, the Rhenish Mission Church was prefabricated in Hamburg, Germany, reconstructed beside the harbour in 1880 and consecrated the following year. Because of machinery sprawl...

Bird Sanctuary in Walvis Bay

Bird Island

Along the Swakopmund road, 10km north of Walvis Bay, take a look at the offshore wooden platform known as Bird Island. It was built to provide a roost and nesting site for seabirds and a source of guano for use...

Landmark in Walvis Bay

Dune 7

In the bleak expanse just off the C14, 6km by road from town, Dune 7 is popular with locals as a slope for sandboarding and skiing. The picnic site, which is now engulfed by sand, has several shady palm trees...

Harbour in Walvis Bay


With permission from the public-relations officer of the Portnet or from the Railway Police – beside the train station near the end of 13th Rd – you can visit the fishing harbour and commercial port, and see the...

Museum in Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay Museum

The town museum is located in the library. It concentrates on the history and maritime background of Walvis Bay, but also has archaeological exhibits, a mineral collection and natural-history displays on the...

Viewpoint in Walvis Bay


A good spot for getting an overview of the bird-rich ponds.