Walvis Bay in Namibia

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Oyster farming © Olga Ernst/cc-by-sa-4.0

Oyster farming © Olga Ernst/cc-by-sa-4.0

Walvis Bay is a city in Namibia and the name of the bay on which it lies. It is the second largest city in Namibia and the largest coastal city in the country. The city covers a total area of 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi) of land.

The bay is a safe haven for sea vessels because of its natural deepwater harbour, protected by the Pelican Point sand spit, being the only natural harbour of any size along the country’s coast. Being rich in plankton and marine life, these waters also drew large numbers of southern right whales, attracting whalers and fishing vessels.

Pelican Point Lighthouse and Lodge © Ji-Elle/cc-by-sa-4.0 Walvis Bay Airport © Olga Ernst & Hp.Baumeler/cc-by-sa-4.0 Bird Island © Olga Ernst/cc-by-sa-4.0 © flickr.com - Sonse/cc-by-2.0 Flamingos © Hans Hillewaert/cc-by-sa-3.0 Long Beach Leisure Park © Wolkenkratzer/cc-by-sa-3.0 Oyster farming © Olga Ernst/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Walvis Bay Airport © Olga Ernst & Hp.Baumeler/cc-by-sa-4.0
A succession of colonists developed the location and resources of this strategic harbour settlement. The harbour’s value in relation to the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope had caught the attention of world powers since it was discovered by the outside world in 1485. This explains the complicated political status of Walvis Bay down the years.

The town is situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Kuiseb River delta and lies at the end of the TransNamib Railway to Windhoek, and on B2 road. Walvis Bay, with its large bay and sand dunes, is an important centre of tourism activity in Namibia. Attractions include the artificial Bird Island, centre of a guano collection industry, the Dune 7 sand dune, the salt works, the abundant birdlife, and a museum. Kuisebmund Stadium, home to two clubs in the Namibia Premier League, is also located in the city. The beach resort of Langstrand lies just a few kilometres north. The Walvis Bay Export Processing Zone is an important facet of the local economy.

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