The Lagoon, Walvis Bay, Namibia
 

Some Walvis Bay Activities

 

Some Walvis Bay activities include kite surfing.Kite surfers set off from the nearby water sports centre, flying across the lagoon towards the speed strip on the other side of the lagoon entrance,   scary stuff sometimes watching them perform their airborne acrobatics – but great fun to watch. Novice windsurfers are also good entertainment, especially when the wind is pumping and they have to try and navigate away from The Raft, a few have ended up jumping off just before their board has collided with a pole.

Windsurfers and Kite Surfers alike, break world speed records at the annual Speed Week championships which have been held in Walvis Bay for the past three years since it was discovered to be one of the best sites in the world due to the wind and water conditions.

In recent years Walvis Bay Lagoon has developed into a growing watersports destination.

 

Walvis Bay activities on the lagoon

In addition for the past two years a team of renowned yachtsmen and women from Australia, Sweden and the UK forming the VESTAS SAILROCKET speed sailing attempt, have been semi-resident in Walvis Bay while they try to break the Outright World Speed Sailing record. On December the 3rd, 2008 they became the fastest 'boat' in the world and returned in January 2009 to attempt to take the Outright record off the kiteboarders. The Outright record currently stands at 50.57 knots... around 58MPH!!!

 

Kayaking is also popular on the lagoon, an ideal way to enjoy the peaceful serenity and get up close to the birds for some excellent photo opportunities. For details about guided kayaking trips you can contact Jeanne Meintjies from Eco-marine Kayak Tours. She also does trips out to Pelican Point where the heavyside Dolphins swim alongside and the trip includes a paddle past the seal colony - great fun watching the baby seals playing in the waves. Out at the point there is also the chance of seeing Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales) Leatherback Turtles and the Bottle nosed Dolphins that also visit The Raft.

 

Walvis Bay activities

If you’re not feeling quite so energetic then there’s always the option of hopping aboard one of the pleasure boats that also visit the point. 

The route that the pleasure boats take includes; views of the harbour, a couple of old ship wrecks, the guano harvesting platform and the oyster farms. You can choose between the standard ski boat trips or the excitement of a Sailing Catamaran although whether the sails go up or not depends a bit on the weather!!! Most of the boats also give you the chance to get up close and personal with the local seals – big, well-fed guys who spend their day being paid in fishy snacks for performing on the boat deck to the delight of visitors, it also means that they have perfected their skills in becoming extremely photogenic and seal kisses feature in many a tourists photo album!!

 

 What they say about us;

If you are in Namibia you need to visit the Raft
I love the Raft,  I have been there about a dozen times over the last 2 years and always look forward to coming back.  Great staff, great manager and tonight I finally met the owner Sarah who is just lovely.   I love this place, if you are in Namibia then you need to come to the Raft, Its the best place to eat in town. I recommend it to everyone I know.  The food is excellent, the view is spectacular, its a great place to spend a night with your family or freinds.  I have been here about a dozen times over the past couple of years and always look forward to coming back.  If I had one complaint it would have to be - the Crocodile was off the menu... (sorry, but I do love the Bushmans Platter with the Crocodile)  Thank you to you all, I look forward coming back next week before returning to the UK.  David Carroll Director Purple Pear Creations Web Design Ltd UK  PS Get yourself a Facebook page so we can all like everything about the Raft... 

What a pleasure to find such a great place on our travels through Namibia.

We liked it so much we came back twice. -S. R. Australia

We are from California-USA, and your restaurant was a perfect end to our time in Namibia. -Joseph

Les Otaries ne font pas assez de spectacle.Superbe soirée, -Mera Switzerland

The best seafood I have ever eaten! -Natalia Czechoslovakia

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Lovely atmosphere, warm fire, friendly staff and divine food. Great to visit you in Walvis. Would love to come back one day. Thanks for excellent service. -C.W.G.

Sorry but we think you have to move your outstanding, extraordinary restaurant to another place- our home town in Austria for example. We will be back. Svelyn and Chuish

Ein lob an die gute kuche!! Wir waren sehr zufriendin G.Germany

Quality is when the client comes back not the product. We’ll come back. -M. P.

Have been coming here since 1 ½ years ago, when we moved to Walvis Bay Best in Southern Africa!  -Victor & Hanlé

Excellent Restaurant! The finest place we have eaten in Namibia!  A.P. UK

Congratulations to the chef! C. I. Belguim

We wish we lived nearer to you, so we could be regular customers. This was our first experience at your Restaurant and we will be back!  -Mike & Linda Liverpool