We had to leave the desert behind us after 6 days. After being stuck in the sand, having wandered through the Deadvlei and being up in the air over the Sossusvlei it was time for a cool Atlantic breeze: Walvis Bay (or Walvisbaai) was our first destinaties on the Namibian Coast.
Walvis Bay: Flamingos paradise
After driving for hours on endless dirt roads, which are never boring due to the fact that the landscape changes every kilometer, we saw the welcome sign of Walvis Bay. This was somewhat different from we had expected. Because of the cold winds of the Atlantic Ocean Walvis Bay is usually covered in the fog both in the morning and afternoon. This causes the temperature to drop with about ten degrees Celsius. The ugly transmission towers along the way and build on the dunes also do not help with having a great first impression of this city.
The arrival at our bed and breakfast for the next two nights lifted our spirits. 1932 Guesthouse turned out to be a great accommodation perfectly situated near the lagoon.
Pearls of the lagoon
The lagoon is probably the best part of Walvis Bay. After a short stroll we arrived at this beautiful spot. We were welcomed by dozens of flamingos! The best thing was that they were just a couple of meters away from us. Next to these ‘pearls’ there was another pearl on the lagoon: a restaurant called ‘The Raft’.
This restaurant which is build on a big wooden deck in the lagoon serves the best sushi and freshest seafood. After eating meat every single day in Namibia this was a welcome change.
The next day we were spoiled with even more flamingos and even some pelicans which were fishing. After a lovely lunch in the small harbour and visiting the dunes and salt pans of Walvis Bay it was time for our next destination being Henties Bay.
Cape fur seals of Cape Cross
Before you get to Henties Bay you’ll pass a touristic, German oriented, city called Swakopmund. It’s a strange combination of old German buildings with African influences. We enjoyed a perfect cup of coffee in the Village Cafe and after a short walk through Swakopmund we jumped back in the car. The highlight of the day was about 100 kilometers towards the North.
Cape Cross is a protected nature reserve where more than 100.000 Cape Fur Seals call the beaches and rocks their home. During the breeding season this number grows to about 250.000! After paying our entrance fees we drove a little bit further down the road towards the beach. We were surprised by the number Cape Fur Seals and how close you could get to them. They were even chilling on the parking lot! This resulted in a lot of unique impressions and photos.