Walvis Bay

Overview

Introduction

On the southwestern coast of Africa lies the bustling port of Walvis Bay, Namibia. This well-placed port was annexed by the British during African colonization, and was not returned to the jurisdiction of Namibia until 1994 when the government of South Africa gave in to political pressure.

Walvis Bay is an excellent gateway to the severe beauty of the Namib Desert, and desert sports such as sand-boarding are popular there. The Walvis Bay Lagoon serves as an international bird sanctuary, and it is one of the most important coastal wetlands in Africa.

Also nearby is the historic German colony of Swakopmund, which has an array of resorts popular with locals.

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