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A hotel in Walvis Bay is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Walvis Bay hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Walvis Bay are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Walvis Bay hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Walvis Bay hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Walvis Bay have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Walvis Bay
An upscale full service hotel facility in Walvis Bay that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Walvis Bay hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Walvis Bay
Full service Walvis Bay hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Walvis Bay
Boutique hotels of Walvis Bay are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Walvis Bay boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Walvis Bay may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Walvis Bay
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Walvis Bay travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Walvis Bay focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Walvis Bay
Small to medium-sized Walvis Bay hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Walvis Bay traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Walvis Bay hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Walvis Bay
A bed and breakfast in Walvis Bay is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Walvis Bay bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Walvis Bay B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Walvis Bay hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Walvis Bay
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Walvis Bay hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Walvis Bay lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Walvis Bay often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Walvis Bay on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Walvis Bay
A Walvis Bay motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Walvis Bay for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Walvis Bay motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Walvis Bay
Walvisbaai
Walfischbucht
City
Walvis Bay
May 2005 aerial photograph of the harbour area
May 2005 aerial photograph of the harbour area
Coat of arms of Walvis Bay
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): windwaai baai
Motto: In utrumque paratus (Latin = Prepared for either)
Walvis Bay is located in Namibia
Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay
Location within Namibia
Coordinates:  / -22.95611; 14.50806  / -22.95611; 14.50806
Country Namibia
Region Erongo Region
Established 1840
Government
• Mayor Uilika Nambahu
Area
• Total 1,124 km (434 sq mi)
Population (2016)
• Total 100,000
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
• Summer (DST) WAST (UTC+2)
Climate BWk

Walvis Bay (Afrikaans Walvisbaai, German Walfischbucht or Walfischbai, all meaning "Whale Bay") is a city in Namibia and the name of the bay on which it lies. The town has 100,000 inhabitants and covers a total area of 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi) of land.

The bay is a safe haven for sea vessels because of its natural deepwater harbour, protected by the Pelican Point sand spit, being the only natural harbour of any size along the country's coast. Being rich in plankton and marine life, these waters also drew large numbers of southern right whales, attracting whalers and fishing vessels.

The Dutch referred to it as Walvisch Baye and the English as Whale Bay. In its eventual formal incorporation, it was named Walfish Bay, which was changed to Walvish Bay, and ultimately to Walvis Bay. It has also been referred to as Walwich Bay or Walwisch Bay. The Herero people of the area called it Ezorongondo.

A succession of colonists developed the location and resources of this strategic harbour settlement. The harbour's value in relation to the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope had caught the attention of world powers since it was discovered by the outside world in 1485. This explains the complicated political status of Walvis Bay down the years.

The town is situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Kuiseb River delta and lies at the end of the TransNamib Railway to Windhoek, and on the B2 road.

Walvis Bay, with its large bay and sand dunes, is an important centre of tourism activity in Namibia. Attractions include the artificial Bird Island, centre of a guano collection industry, the Dune 7 sand dune, the salt works, the abundant birdlife, and a museum. Kuisebmund Stadium, home to two clubs in the Namibia Premier League, is also located in the city. The beach resort of Langstrand lies just a few kilometres north. The Walvis Bay Export Processing Zone is an important facet of the local economy.

Walvis Bay: History

Map showing location of Walvis Bay and reference to South Africa before the handover to Namibia

Portuguese navigator Diogo Cão reached Cape Cross, north of the bay, in 1485. There followed Bartolomeu Dias, who anchored his flagship São Cristóvão in what is now Walvis Bay on 8 December 1487, on his expedition to discover a sea route to the East via the Cape of Good Hope. He named the bay "O Golfo de Santa Maria da Conceição." However, the Portuguese did not formally stake a claim to Walvis Bay.

Little commercial development occurred on the site until the late 19th century. During the scramble for Africa, the British Empire occupied Walvis Bay with a small area surrounding the territory., They permitted the Cape Colony to complete the annexation of the territory in 1884, following initial steps which had been taken in 1878.

In 1910, Walvis Bay, as part of the Cape Colony, became part of the newly formed Union of South Africa. Subsequently, a dispute arose with Germany over the exclave's boundaries, which was eventually settled in 1911, with Walvis Bay being allocated an area of 1,124 square kilometres (434 sq mi).

Walvis Bay Church

The exclave was overrun by the Germans during the South West Africa Campaign early in the First World War, but South African Forces eventually ousted the Germans in 1915. Subsequently, Walvis Bay was quickly integrated into the new martial law regime established in South West Africa.

South Africa was later awarded control (a Class "C" mandate) over South West Africa by the League of Nations to administer the territory. Civilian rule was restored in South West Africa in 1921 and administration of Walvis Bay was transferred to South West Africa under the South West Africa Affairs Act of 1922.

Despite the territory never having been part of German South West Africa, the Act stated that: "the port and settlement of Walvis Bay, which forms part of the Cape of Good Hope, shall for judicial and administrative purposes be regarded as if it were part of the mandated territory of South West Africa". However, South Africa had also sought to annex South West Africa itself, and had presented such a proposal to the League of Nations. Consequently, in 1949, the Act was amended to give representation in the Parliament of South Africa to whites in South West Africa.

In 1977, following increasing international pressure to relinquish its control over South West Africa, South Africa repealed the Act, but transferred control of Walvis Bay back to the Cape Province, thereby making it an exclave. From 1980, it was represented in both the Provincial Council and the House of Assembly as part of the Green Point constituency in Cape Town, before becoming a separate constituency in 1982.

In response, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 432 (1978), which declared that "the territorial integrity and unity of Namibia must be assured through the reintegration of Walvis Bay within its territory".

In 1990, South West Africa gained independence as Namibia, but Walvis Bay remained under South African sovereignty, with South Africa increasing the number of troops. However, in 1992, the two countries agreed to establish a transitional Joint Administrative Authority for Walvis Bay and the Offshore Islands. The Authority was headed by two Chief Executive Officers, Nangolo Mbumba, then Secretary to the Namibian Cabinet, and Carl von Hirschberg, former South African Ambassador to the United Nations.

In August 1993, prior to the end of apartheid, the Multiparty Negotiating Forum in South Africa passed a resolution calling for "the incorporation-reintegration of Walvis Bay and the Off-Shore Islands into Namibia." The Transfer of Walvis Bay to Namibia Act was passed by the Parliament of South Africa that year. Following the signing of a treaty between the two countries, South Africa formally transferred sovereignty of Walvis Bay and the Penguin Islands to Namibia on 1 March 1994.

Walvis Bay: Education

Walvis Bay has a number of public (government-run) and private schools, among them Duinesig Primary School, International School of Walvis Bay, Kuisebmond Secondary School, Walvis Bay Private High School and others. A number of kindergartens cater for young children.

The Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI) is a tertiary education institution based in town. International University of Management (IUM) and Monitronics Success College both have branches in Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay: Fishing

In Walvis Bay there are different fishing companies like Hangana Seafood, Caroline Fishing, Benguella Fishing Company, Etale Fishing Company, Cadilu Fishing, Etosha Fisheries, Kuiseb Fishing Enterprises, Blue Ocean Products, Benguella Sea Products, Consortium Fisheries, Talanam Fish Processor. These companies catch different types of fish like snoek, horse mackerel, anchovy, steenbras, kabeljou, kingklip, hake, catfish, tuna and sardines. Hangana Seafood are processors and exporters of fish and fish products. As such, the fishing enterprise accounts for a major part of Walvis Bay's economy.

Walvis Bay: Entertainment and sport

'The Raft' a popular restaurant in Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay contains open spaces, scenic beauty and unique marine and plant life. It is well suited for the outdoor lifestyle, boasting sports such as sandboarding, kiting, surfing, swimming, angling, sailing, golf and other indoor and outdoor sport codes. There is Walvis Bay Lagoon and Aquatic Activities, Kuiseb River Delta and the beach itself where people enjoy swimming and catching fish.

The 2-kilometre (1.2-mile) sand spit allows the adjacent water to remain smooth in very strong winds, ideal for record attempting vessels like that by the Vestas Sailrocket.

The ocean-facing side of the sand spit includes a world-famous surf spot known in the international surf media as "Skeleton Bay."

It is home to Eleven Arrows F.C. and Blue Waters F.C., local football clubs that compete in the Namibia Premier League. The Sparta Cricket Club Ground is also located in Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay: Climate

Walvis Bay features the very rare mild variation of the desert climate (BWn) according to the Köppen climate classification. It is caused by the rain shadow of the Naukluft Mountains and the cooling effect of the coastal sea temperature by the Benguela Current. Walvis Bay receives only 13.2 millimetres (0.52 in) average precipitation per year, making it one of the driest cities on earth. Despite its dry climate, the city is relatively humid. Average relative humidity throughout the year remains above 80%. The warmest month is February with average temperature 17.9 °C (64.2 °F), while the coolest months are August and September with average temperature 13.2 °C (55.8 °F). The diurnal temperature range is also low, averaging only 5.7 °C (10.2 °F). There has also been considerable warming at the airport in recent years, in 1980 the mean temperature was 17.0 °C, rising to 25.1 °C in 2014. On 17 May 2015, the temperature at Rooikop near Walvis Bay International Airport reached 37.4 °C.

Climate data for Pelican Point, Walvis Bay (7 m), Namibia (1958-1984)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 25.3
(77.5)
26.4
(79.5)
34.5
(94.1)
35.0
(95)
36.0
(96.8)
32.5
(90.5)
32.9
(91.2)
33.4
(92.1)
31.3
(88.3)
27.5
(81.5)
28.3
(82.9)
25.5
(77.9)
36
(96.8)
Average high °C (°F) 20.0
(68)
20.3
(68.5)
19.6
(67.3)
18.6
(65.5)
19.0
(66.2)
18.8
(65.8)
17.8
(64)
16.4
(61.5)
15.8
(60.4)
16.6
(61.9)
17.7
(63.9)
19.0
(66.2)
18.3
(64.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 17.6
(63.7)
17.9
(64.2)
17.2
(63)
15.7
(60.3)
15.6
(60.1)
15.2
(59.4)
14.1
(57.4)
13.2
(55.8)
13.2
(55.8)
14.0
(57.2)
15.3
(59.5)
16.6
(61.9)
15.5
(59.9)
Average low °C (°F) 15.2
(59.4)
15.5
(59.9)
14.7
(58.5)
12.9
(55.2)
12.1
(53.8)
11.4
(52.5)
10.3
(50.5)
10.1
(50.2)
10.7
(51.3)
11.5
(52.7)
12.9
(55.2)
14.2
(57.6)
12.6
(54.7)
Record low °C (°F) 10.5
(50.9)
9.2
(48.6)
10.5
(50.9)
8.5
(47.3)
7.0
(44.6)
5.0
(41)
3.4
(38.1)
4.4
(39.9)
6.1
(43)
5.0
(41)
8.5
(47.3)
9.6
(49.3)
3.4
(38.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 1.0
(0.039)
2.0
(0.079)
5.0
(0.197)
1.0
(0.039)
1.0
(0.039)
2.0
(0.079)
0.0
(0)
0.2
(0.008)
0.1
(0.004)
0.1
(0.004)
0.7
(0.028)
0.1
(0.004)
13.2
(0.52)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 0.6 0.8 1.1 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.0 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.4 6.2
Average relative humidity (%) 87 87 89 89 86 81 82 86 89 88 88 88 86.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 232 189 211 237 251 231 236 220 189 226 210 214 2,646
Source #1: Deutscher Wetterdienst
Source #2: Danish Meteorological Institute

Walvis Bay: Politics

Walvis Bay is governed by a municipal council that currently has ten seats.

Walvis Bay: Twin towns – Sister cities

Walvis Bay is twinned with:

  • Botswana Lobatse in Botswana
  • South Africa Drakenstein in South Africa
  • Norway Kristiansand in Norway.

Walvis Bay: See also

  • Walvis Bay Airport
  • SAS Walvisbaai

Walvis Bay: References

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  2. "Local Authorities". Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN). Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  3. "ELECTIONS 2010: Erongo regional profile". New Era. 16 November 2010.
  4. Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis, The Namibian Dolphin Project
  5. Narrative of a voyage to the South Seas Charles Medyett Goodridge, Hamilton and Adams, 1832, page 16
  6. The World of Waters or A Peaceful Progress o'er the Unpathed Sea, Fanny Osborne, R. Carter, 1852, page 337
  7. Windhoek?! Rather make that Otjomuise Werner Menges, The Namibian, 12 May 2005
  8. Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1415–1580, Diffie Bailey University of Minnesota Press, 1977, page 156
  9. Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism, James Stuart Olson, Robert Shadle, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1991, page 170
  10. Às portas da Índia em 1484, Abel Fontoura Costa, Imprensa da Armada, 1935, page 31
  11. Succession of States and Namibian territories, Y. Makonnen in Recueil Des Cours, 1986: Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law, Academie de Droit International de la Haye, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1987, page 213
  12. Debates of Parliament, Hansard, Volume 9, Issues 19-21, Government Printer, 1993, page 10179
  13. Walvis Bay: exclave no more, Ieuan Griffiths, Geography, Vol. 79, No. 4 (October 1994), page 354
  14. The War in Africa, David Killingray in A Companion to World War I, John Horne, John Wiley & Sons, 2012, page 119
  15. Biennial Conference: Papers nos. 33-59, African Studies Association of the UK, 1996, page 5
  16. The Namibian War of Independence, 1966-1989: Diplomatic, Economic and Military Campaigns, Richard Dale McFarland, 2014, page 67
  17. Strategic territory and territorial strategy: the geopolitics of Walvis Bay's reintegration into Namibia, David Simon, Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit, 1995, page 8
  18. Official Documents of the 4th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, United Nations, 1949, page 11
  19. The Green and the dry wood: The Roman Catholic Church (Vicariate of Windhoek) and the Namibian socio-political situation, 1971-1981, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, 1983, page 6
  20. Sub-Saharan Africa Report, Issues 2578-2584, Foreign Broadcast Information Service., 1982, page 48
  21. Resolution 432 (1978) of 27 July 1978
  22. Namibia Nears Freedom, But S. Africa Tugs On Its Lifeline, David Zucchino, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 1990
  23. Namibia Yearbook, Issue 3, pages 18
  24. Country Report: Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Economist Intelligence Unit, 1992, page 13
  25. Pretoria to quit Walvis Bay: Multi-party body's policy breakthrough, The Independent, 17 August 1993
  26. No. 203 of 1993: Transfer of Walvis Bay to Namibia Act, 1993.
  27. Treaty between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Namibia with respect to Walvis Bay and the off-shore Islands, 28 February 1994
  28. "About us". Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute. 2008.
  29. "The Speedspot". Vestas Sailrocket. , "Walvis Bay Yacht Club". google maps.
  30. The World’s Seven Longest Waves, Surf Europe, 21 July 2015
  31. "Sparta Cricket Club Ground". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  32. http://en.tutiempo.net/climate/ws-681040.html
  33. "Klimatafel von Pelican Point / Walfisch-Bucht / Namibia" (PDF). Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  34. "STATIONSNUMMER 68104" (PDF). Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  35. "Know Your Local Authority". Election Watch (3). Institute for Public Policy Research. 2015. p. 4.
  36. Walvis strengthens ties with Drakenstein and Lobatse, Adam Hartman, The Namibian, 8 November 2011

Walvis Bay: Further reading

  • Silverman, Melinda: Between the Atlantic and the Namib. An Environmental History of Walvis Bay, NWG, Windhoek 2004 – Namibiana Buchdepot
  • de Beer, Charles: Namibia Marine Life, @tidude Graphix, Swakopmund o.J. – Namibiana Buchdepot
  • Heemstra, Phillip; Smith, Margaret M.: Smith's Sea Fishes, Struik Publishers, Cape Town 2003
  • Bridgeford, P. and M.: Cape Cross, Walvis Bay 2002 – Namibiana Buchdepot
  • Vogt, Andreas: National Monuments in Namibia, Gamsberg Macmillan, Windhoek 2004 – Namibiana Buchdepot

Media related to Walvisbay at Wikimedia Commons

  • Images from Walvis Bay
  • Walvis Bay City Council
  • Walvis Bay Airport Information
  • Transfer of Walvis Bay To Namibia Act, 1993
  • Namibia's Walvis Bay Issue – Origin and Rise of a Colonial Dispute (1992)
  • Prime Minister Vorster Speaks on Walvis Bay, Associated Press, 30 July 1978
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