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Port Description

Walvis Bay, Namibia

The sunset-hued sand dunes of the Namib Desert meet the sea, dozens of pink flamingos balance like ballerinas on toothpick legs, and rare white pelicans swoop for their supper in Walvis Bay, Namibia's largest port. Portuguese whalers called this place, naturally, the Bahia das Bahleas (Bay of Whales) a name that stuck, albeit in Afrikaans translation, over the centuries. Birdwatchers flock to the esplanade to watch serene flamingos strike a pose and visitors hungry for a desert safari head to the diverse landscapes of nearby Namib Naukluft Park, a vast conservation area with dunes, lagoons, mountains, and canyons.