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Walvis Bay is the principal port of Namibia and is situated on the west coast of southern Africa. The special attraction of Walvis Bay is the huge natural lagoon with its overwhelming abundance of seabirds. There are innumerable flamingoes and pelicans, and every year over two hundred thousand migratory birds visit here.
Walvis Bay, meaning ‘Whale Bay’ in Afrikaans, has had a remarkable history. It had been discovered by Diaz in1487. In 1795 it was annexed by the British (from the Dutch) and in 1910, Walvis Bay became, like the entire Cape Colony, part of the South African Union. After Namibia's independence, the only deep sea harbour on the Namibian coast remained under South African rule. It was only during 1994 that South Africa returned it to Namibia. Locals here are employed at either the modern harbour terminal, in the booming fishing industry or in the processing of sea salt. Every water sport possible take place here due to the dominant winds creating such perfect conditions. Wildlife is truly amazing and regular entertainers include Cape fur seals, wading birds, and bottle-nosed dolphins. Occasionally leather-back turtles and whales are also observed.
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