Docking at Walvis Bay? One day to spare? Enjoy our Cruise Ship Day Tour of Walvis Bay Lagoon, the Lunar Landscape, Dune 7 and Swakopmund and you'll be back in time for curfew.
Walvis Bay is a small port on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and the gateway to the Namib Desert. This day tour is designed specially for guests on the many cruise ships that stop in Walvis Bay.
Explore the RAMSAR wetlands of Walvis Bay Lagoon; climb Dune 7 for an amazing 360-degree view of the dunes, the desert and the Atlantic Ocean; explore the Moon Landscape behind the dunes; have lunch in Swakopmund and explore the curio markets, craft shops, art galleries, museums and the beachfront.
The Walvis Bay Cruise Ship Tour is available for small to large groups. Larger groups attract bigger discounts and the type of vehicles we use for the day tour depends on the number of participants.
The itinerary can be tailored to suit your group's needs, so talk to a Travel Expert now and we'll design a cruise-ship day tour just for you.
Our guides will meet your group at the ship's dock. We try to ensure a window seat for everyone and that usually means a small minibus or, for smaller groups, safari vehicles with large windows. Refreshments will be available in each vehicle.
Your day tour starts with a visit to the Walvis Bay Lagoon, teeming with so many waterbirds it is recognised as a wetlands of global significance by the RAMSAR Convention. The greater wetlands area supports over 40 species of bird; its population of over 150,000 is the greatest concentration of shorebirds and seabirds in southern Africa.
From the lagoon, you'll have a chance to properly stretch your legs up Dune 7, the highest dune in the area. Once you've got your breath back, the eerie Skeleton Coast scenery is a fascinating landscape. Dune 7 has a magnificent view of the receding dunes to the south, the vast dune belt to the north and east, with the Moon Landscape beyond and the Atlantic Ocean to the west pounding the desolate desert coastline.
Moon-walk down the dunes - literally, not MJ-style! - and set off to explore the desert area behind the dunes known as the Lunar Landscape. Gently undulated hills and gullies, covered with a crust of stone and aeon-hardened sand, present yet more other-worldly impressions and you can easily imagine the moonlit scene taking on the lunar properties of its namesake.
From the Lunar Landscape, it's a short drive into Swakopmund for tea and cake at Cafe Anton - a landmark deli in the heart of Swakopmund near the African Craft Market and the main swimming beach.
Or you can opt for something more substantial at one of the many excellent restaurants in Swakopmund: The Brauhaus for traditional German fare with traditional German exuberance; The Tug for seafood with the waves crashing beneath you; or the Strand Cafe for a lighter lunch and some idle people-watching at the beach.
Exploring Swakopmund, your options include: crafts and curios at the African market; art shops, galleries, bookshops, gift shops and souvenir shops; crystal gallery; aquarium; museum; historic buildings; cafes and restaurants. Or you can enjoy the beachfront for an hour or two watching the people of this quaint little town going about their business.
The drive back to Walvis Bay takes the 30km (18 mile) road dividing the dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. Stop along the way for some great sand, sea, dune and fog pictures and, time-permitting, a final stroll around the Walvis Bay Lagoon.
We make sure you are back at the harbour to board your ship by 16h30 and the end of an enjoyable, interesting and rewarding day tour of Walvis Bay, Walvis Bay Lagoon, the dunes, the Lunar Landscape and Swakopmund.
The price of the Walvis Bay Cruise Ship Day Tour is affected by the number of people in your group; the type of vehicle and the options you choose. The price includes a professional guide, vehicle, fuel, harbour fees, park fees, drinking water in the vehicles.
For a detailed quote, please contact your Travel Expert.
Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.
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