Walvis Bay Restaurants Namibia

Walvis Bay Restaurants Namibia

  • The Raft Restaurant
    Walvis Bay Restaurants
    This unique Namibian restaurant is built on stilts at the end of its own jetty in the picturesque Walvis Bay Lagoon on the West Coast of Namibia. More Info
  • Anchors @ the Jetty Restaurant
    Walvis Bay Restaurants
    Located on the waters edge, relax at Anchors for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy the company of prlicans, seals and occasionally dolphins. We offer the freshest in seafood and a spectacular view and an atmosphere of feeling at home. More Info

Walvis Bay Map

Walvis Bay Information

Walvis Bay ("Whale" Bay), by far Namibia's largest port, has a short but chequered existence.

It was first recorded in 1485 by the Portuguese navigator Diogo Cão who named it Golfo de Santa Maria. Two years later Bartolomeu Dias also used the shelter of the bay as an anchorage during his passage of the Cape.

Only in 1878, however, did a European power lay claim to the place when Britain, in order to forestall an expected German occupation (which actually transpired in 1884) took possession of the bay and some surrounding territory and gave it to the government of the Cape to administer as an enclave

With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Walvis Bay was quickly overrun by German forces but was re-occupied the following year by South African forces.

Although South West Africa became independent in 1990 as the Republic of Namibia, Walvis Bay remained a South African territory until 1994.

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