Daily Archives: April 11, 2014
Day 5, West Africa Cruise – Walvis Bay / Swakopmund
Latitude: 22° 40.6211′ S
Longitude: 14° 31.4368′ E
Day 5 brought the good ship Expedition to the port of Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Walvis Bay is the most important port in all of Southwestern Africa. It not only is the primary port for Namibia, but also Botswana and parts of Angola, South Africa and Zambia. Formerly a whaling station (walvis means ‘whale’ in German), today it is the best natural deep water port in this corner of the continent.
Prior to 1990 Namibia was a territory of South Africa known as South West Africa. After Namibia gained independence in 1990, Walvis Bay remained a small South African enclave because of its importance. It wasn’t until 1994 when Nelson Mandela became the president of South Africa that Walvis Bay was returned to Namibia.