Walvis Bay Cruise Ship Day Tour
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.
Price: Get Quote
Duration: 1 days
Highlights: Namibia, Swakopmund
Includes: Transfers; guide and vehicle; drinking water in the vehicle/s; park entry fees
Excludes: refreshments, coffee/tea, cakes, meals, tips and purchases
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.
09h00: Walvis Bay Harbour
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.
09h30: Walvis Bay Lagoon, Dune 7, Moon Landscape
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.
14h00: Swakopmund to Walvis Bay
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.
16h00: Walvis Bay Harbour
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 is a list of variations of this tour booked by us for our customers. 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.
- Booked: 1 days · April 2015 · US $107 pp
- Booked: 1 days · January 2015 · US $101 pp
- Booked: 1 days · November 2014 · US $194 pp
- Booked: 1 days · November 2014 · US $141 pp
- Booked: 1 days · October 2014 · US $101 pp
- Booked: 1 days · March 2014 · US $141 pp
- Booked: 1 days · November 2013 · US $115 pp
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Page last updated: 11 Jul 2014
We don't have any reviews of this exact tour but here's what people have said about their holidays. If you want to read more reviews, visit our client comments section. If you would like to submit your own review please use the contact form on this page.
We would like to commend the high service received from Namibian Tours and Safaris especially taking into account the short length of time you had to arrange this holiday for us. The recommendations and itinerary were ideal with the majority of our stay in each location being the right duration. The whole process of booking this holiday was hassle free and we would not hesitate in recommending your services to others.
We would specifically like to thank you, Alison, for all of your hard work which resulted in a truly fabulous holiday for us. Also, it was great to meet up with you in Solitaire where you expressed so much love for your country and this was clearly mirrored in the schedule and service you presented to us allowing us to experience this fantastic country. It will not be the case of 'if' we return to Namibia, it is more the case of 'when' we will return as we enjoyed it so much.
A special mention for Edward he did a super job – vouchers and maps were with our car hire agency at the airport – book presentation of whole trip was clear, easy to follow and complete. He even gave us his mobile No in case we encounter some problems. Really to recommend as Tour Operator and will use them again next time.
Road – all went well and thanks to have recommended a 4Wheel Drive Car – due to rough road conditions we appreciated – you could do it with a normal car and met tourists with B type cars but they took much longer for the journeys – had more issues with flat tyres and most admitted next time they will take a 4Wheel Drive Car.
Would like to thank you for all your time spent and hard work to find best places, difficult tasks due to budget restrictions. I will recommend you and your agency whenever I can – actually already did in Joburg – hope brings you some new customers - and of course will come to you for my next trip this time to South Africa hopefully in 2012.
Back home and I wanted to take a moment to thank you again for planning a perfect vacation for us. I was especially pleased that for the accommodation with dinner all knew about my allergies and cooked accordingly. The Cheetah experience made my daughter very happy and they were so kind to not even charge me for taking pictures.
Highlight of our trip was the stay in Onguma The Fort and we are determined to return one day.
As pointed out before, the Namib Desert Lodge I cannot recommend to anybody (fined for driving on their property and below average dinner buffet) and also the Olivia Guesthouse was a letdown when it came to the food (lunch and breakfast).
I have posted some pictures on Flickr, maybe you want to have a look and I'm always happy to read comments.
Last but not least: Could you please send us the itinerary you prepared for us and we received at arrival electronically? Some of my friends are interested to book the same trip with you.