Introduction to Walvis Bay

The Dutch called it Walvisch Baye and the English Whale Bay, it was eventually called Walfish Bay, then Walvish Bay and as we now know it Walvis Bay.  Walvis Bay is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn on the west coast of Namibia.

The waters around Walvis Bay are rich in plankton and marine life attracting the southern right whales and drew whalers and fishing vessels to the area.  Walvis Bay is now an important tourist town for Namibia due to its close proximity to attractions like Dune 7 and the abundant bird life.  Other industries in the area include guano collection from the artificial Bird Island, the large salt works, import and export facilities for landlocked countries like Botswana,  Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo and a large fishing and processing industry.

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