isolated by the Namib desert, is now home to more than 52,000 inhabitants whose activities are mainly linked to the commercial port, fishing and saltworks. All around, the many lagoons and gigantic beaches have remained a paradise for birds.
Thousands of flamingos (pink and dwarf, whose size and color differ due to the diversity of their diet), pelicans, cormorants, sea lions, dolphins, mola-mola and again whales frequent its waters. Walvis bay is above all the large deep-water port of Namibia, a mecca for imports and exports (minerals) of Southern Africa. Also a major fishing port, Walvis bay is a quiet industrial town that is beginning to open up to tourism. But some prefer its calm to the bustle that animates Swakopmund during the Austral summer months.