The Western Region is centered around the Namib Coastline, which offers a welcome respite from the heat of the interior. The quaint litte town of Swakopmund is Namibia’s premier holiday resort with its wealth of well-preserved German colonial buildings, its palm-lined streets and clean beaches.
Activities abound in and around Swakopmund. From dune boarding to sky-diving and ballooning over the desert, township tours and tours into the desert, there is much to do and see in this area.
Walvis Bay is Namibia’s major port and the centre of Namibia’s fishing industry. Most boating activities are launched from Walvis Bay’s waterfront which has become a big tourist attraction. The calm waters of the lagoon attract many watersport enthusiasts like windsurfers, kiteboarders and sailors.
Pelican Point is also known for its rough beauty, and the newly built eco-lodge at the tip of the peninsula offers comfort and a rather different view of the lagoon and Walvis Bay as a whole. Donkey Bay is a well known surfing spot for international surfers from all over the world who come here to share the icy waters with the hundreds of seals around the lighthouse. Many 4×4 excursions to Sandwich Harbour start out in Walvis Bay. Sandwich Harbour lies about 40 km south of Walvis Bay with dunes sweeping down to a pristine lagoon with views and scenery to die for – a photographer’s dream.
But if it is just fishing that tickles your fancy, the coastline to the north of Swakopmund and Henties Bay offers exciting spots with amusing names such as “Sarah se Gat” and “Bennie se Rooi Lorry”, or Jakkalsputz. From Mile 4 and Wlotzka’s Baken right up to Henties Bay, Torra and Terrace Bay, you’ll find many fishing spots, directly accessible by 4×4 which makes fishing a family affair with camps being built on the beach and family and friends gathering for a fun-filled day on the beach.
Further inland, the Brandberg offers the highest peak in Namibia: Koenigstein (2570 m above sea level) . In addition, it offers 44,000 rock paintings, the most popular of which is the White Lady in the Tsisab Ravine. The Erongo mountains to the south-west of Omaruru also contain a wealth of rock paintings and the town of Omaruru itself has become somewhat of an art centre, featuring many coffee shops, art and décor, as well as its own chocolate/praline factory.
The Spitzkoppe is considered the “Matterhorn of Namibia” and with its granite rock walls of up to 600 m, it is Namibia’s top rock climbing destination.
Many lodges and guestfarms in and around these tourist attractions have exciting game viewing possibilities of all types of game including the big 5.