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Walvis Bay or Swakopmund - which is best

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Walvis Bay or Swakopmund - which is best

We will be passing through these two towns in July, staying two nights. We plan to stay one night in each place but have been told that Swakopmund is a much better place to stay - is this true?

Nashville, Tennessee
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1. Re: Walvis Bay or Swakopmund - which is best

Yes, stay on swak. Much better.

washington, d.c.
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yes, stay in swakopmund. the wind is fierce in walvis bay and its just not an attractive town. swakopmund is a great little town (kind of like Coronado island (near san diego) meets Africa.

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Yes, only stay in Swakopmund as it's much nicer, but think about driving to Walvis to do one of the activities on the lagoon there - the kayaking (with Eco Marine) or the catamaran cruise (with Catamaran Charters) are both excellent.

Charlotte ATI Holidays

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Swakop. But note that all along the coast you can get a sea mist during the day that can make it quite cold

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5. Re: Walvis Bay or Swakopmund - which is best

Swakop is more tourist friendly, with lots of shopping and close by restaurants. Walvis is more industrial/commercial, but the area around the Esplanade and Atlantic St. overlooking the Bay is quite nice.

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As said in the post above, Swakopmund is nicer and more tourist friendly. But it also depends on when you plan to arrive at the coast and what you have planned for the next day?

If you only arrive late in the afternoon and have a boat or kayak tour planned for the next day, then sometimes it makes sense to stay one night in Walvis Bay and do the boat tour the next day. Afterwards you can then drive to Swakopmund and enjoy the rest of the day there.

It all depends on where you are coming from and what time you plan to arrive.

Clive - Suricate Safaris Namibia

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7. Re: Walvis Bay or Swakopmund - which is best

Just keep in mind that the seals are regularly culled, a fact that the tour companies would rather you don't know.

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