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Last updated: 26 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

The region that earned its keep – and name – from whaling is now somewhat ironically better known for abundant wildlife and biodiversity than harpoons in the surprisingly rich waters offshore.

Boating and kayaking ecotours are top draw. Birdlife is prolific, and close-up encounters with pelicans, flamingos and petrels are all but assured.

The same goes for the ubiquitous Cape Fur seals, while dolphins, penguins and even sunfish are occasionally seen. Tours end with Champagne and a platter of fresh local oysters.

Price from: £40
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 5+
When: All year around
Duration: Half-day

Getting there & doing it

Boat and kayaking tours are usually a half-day, leaving from the Walvis Bay waterfront first thing in the morning, and returning for lunch. Transfers from Swakopmund are available at extra cost. Private charters are available on request.

All equipment is provided and no prior kayaking experience is needed.

When to do it

The best time to visit Walvis Bay, and Namibia in general, is the dry season from June to October, but it is a year-round destination with generally pleasant weather.

Boat and kayak tours run all year round, seven days a week. Departures are usually early morning, before the wind picks up.

Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Half-Day Seal Kayak Adventure at Pelican Point in Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay

Half-Day Seal Kayak Adventure at Pelican Point in Walvis Bay
Get to experience the original Pelican Point Seal Kayak adventure, watching with these amazing animals in their natural environment without disturbing any wildlife. Truly Eco Friendly. We pride ourselves in respecting all wildlife and teaching all our guests as much as we can about Namibia.

Price: €66

Min age: 3

Rating 4.92 / 5 [28 ratings]

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Highlights of Walvis Bay Guided 1/2 Day Tour (shore excursion)

Walvis Bay

Highlights of Walvis Bay Guided 1/2 Day Tour (shore excursion)
Explore the beauty of Walvis Bay on this 4 hour tour. We climb the highest dune in the area, Dune 7, we travel off-road to the very tip of Pelican Point Peninsula, learn about the salt refining that takes place here, not to mention the spectacular birds at Walvis Bay Lagoon.

Price: Z2,500

Min age: 1

Rating 5 / 5 [10 ratings]

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Mola Mola

Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia

In the eco-tourism business for nearly 20 years, Mola Mola actually operate the Walvis Bay marine tours that many travel agents sell. Happily, you can also book direct.

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Namibia Kayak Tours

Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia

Well-regarded local Walvis Bay tour operator offering affordable kayak tours off Walvis Bay’s Pelican Point, safaris to Sandwich Harbour and combos of both.

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