Shore Excursion Details

Seal and Pelican Cruise

Walvis Bay, Namibia

Seal and Pelican Cruise

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Applaud the splendid natural beauty of Southern Africa's western coast during this dolphin and seal cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Travel along a littoral road to the historic jetty at Swakopmund and board an open-air boat for a three-hour cruise in the renowned Walvis Bay Lagoon, declared a Wetland of International Importance as it is one of the most significant ecological sites along Southern Africa’s western coast. You’ll learn that the lagoon is well-known for its native bird species and vast array of intra-African and Palaearctic migrants, and find the water is usually very calm yet teeming with avian and marine life. Continue on to Pelican Point, a sand spit separating Walvis Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, where you’ll likely encounter a large Cape fur seal colony, and watch for schools of heavyside and bottlenose dolphins that often swim alongside the boat. Keep a sharp lookout for white-chinned petrels, Wilson’s storm petrels, cape gannets, pelicans and cormorants. During your cruise, you’ll savor a delicious repast of fresh oysters, sparkling wine, soft drinks and a selection of open-faced sandwiches, a perfect accompaniment to your outdoor adventure.


HIGHLIGHTS
• Embark an open-air boat for an in-depth exploration of the famed Walvis Bay Lagoon.
• Survey the lagoon’s protected wetland, known for its plethora of avian species and marine life.
• Thrill to schools of heavyside and bottlenose dolphins trailing beside your boat.
• Search for white-chinned petrels, Wilson’s storm petrels or cape gannets amid a flurry of countless pelicans and cormorants.
• Spy a large colony of Cape fur seals at sandy Pelican Point.


HELPFUL HINTS
• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


Need to Know:

Guests are encouraged to wear a windbreaker or warm jacket for this tour, which involves approximately 3 hours of boating on open water, in weather that can be windy and cold. There is a drastic change between high and low tide, which makes it difficult to embark and/or disembark the boat. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility, or those who utilize a wheelchair. Operation of this tour is entirely dependent upon prevailing weather conditions. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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