The lagoon, salt pans and the bird sanctuary which form the Walvis Bay Wetlands are rightly heralded as the single most important coastal wetlands of southern Africa and are one of five RAMSAR sites (Ramsar site no. 742) in Namibia. Over 150,000 migrant birds spend the summer months in Walvis Bay and non-breeding palearctic, and intra-African species dominate. Possible sightings include over 150 species of bird that have been recorded in this region. Intra-African migrants make up the majority of these birds, namely the two flamingo species, Chestnut-banded Plovers, Pied Avocets, Cape Teals and Black-necked Grebes. European and northern Siberian migrants travel between 10 000 and 14 000 kilometres to reach Walvis Bay each year. These long-distance travellers consist of Curlew Sandpipers, Sanderlings, Grey Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Little Stints and Knots. Other shore birds that visit Walvis Bay are Palaearctic terns, consisting of Common, Sandwich, Arctic and Black Terns.
Resident birds are less numerous but no less important, for instance the huge Great White Pelicans, Caspian Terns, Damara Terns, Great Crested Grebes and Cape Cormorants. Red Data (endangered) birds include the Swift, Caspian and Damara Terns, Hartlaub’s Gulls, Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes, the Chestnut-banded Plovers and the Flamingos. You can see the odd Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk and even a Rock Kestrel a few hundred metres inland. If you’re a serious ticker, you might get lucky further inland and see Namibia’s only true endemic bird, the Dune Lark.
Our morning Birding Excursion starts every day at 08h30, returning at 12h30, while our afternoon Birding Excursion leaves from our Sandwich Harbour 4x4 offices at the Waterfront in Walvis Bay at 13h00 and returns at 17h00. The search for true and near-endemics takes us to the salt pans, bird sanctuary and lagoon area near Walvis Bay. Estimated to be 3,500 years old it is one of the most important coastal wetlands in Southern Africa. Specially trained guides with extensive birding and general knowledge of the Namib Desert's sensitive eco-system, will accompany you on your Namibian birding tour. We stop along the way to enjoy our world-famous oysters, sparkling wine, drinks and cooldrinks.
A dolphin cruise around the Walvis Bay Lagoon
Excellent guiding and stunning scenery make this an experience not to be missed
An eventful day trip combining kayaking on the lagoon with a 4x4 trip through the Namib Desert dunes ending in Sandwich Harbour
A cruise on the lagoon followed by a thrilling drive to the natural harbour
Kayaking on the Walvis Bay Lagoon
We offer a magical kayaking experience with Cape Fur Seals on the beautiful lagoon and in the surrounding water of Walvis Bay, Namibia
Out of the 16 near-endemic birds of Namibia the Dune Lark is the only true endemic.
We hoist the sails of our four sailing catamarans whenever possible, switch off the engines and let our guests experience true sailing.
After a short break at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to see masses of flamingos, the drive initially takes us to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may still be seen.
The Marine Dune Day gives you the ultimate combination of a leisure cruise on the Atlantic Ocean and a 4x4 ride in the breath-taking Sandwich Harbour Area of the Namib Naukluft Park. The day starts with a Marine Sailing Cruise with o
This afternoon tour will provide an insight into the way of life of “Namibia’s forgotten people” – the Topnaar.
The day starts with a kayaking excursion in the calm waters surrounded by Cape Fur Seals at Pelican Point
This three-day camping adventure will provide guests the experiences of driving through some of the most spectacular dune areas
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