HENTIES Bay is primarily a holiday town with a holiday atmosphere – peaceful and quiet out of season, and alive in high season. Its main attraction is the ocean and miles of solitary beach, where vehicles are still allowed.
It boasts numerous small pubs and restaurants, a hotel, guesthouses, B&Bs and lots and lots of holiday houses for rent.
There are also the necessary shops, supermarkets, bottle stores, a pharmacy, medical centres, and yes, banks and ATMs too. Although the business centre is small, it has all the necessary amenities to make your holiday comfortable.
Henties Bay Development Expo 2017
The Municipality of Henties Bay is striving to develop the town in leaps and bounds, and has since come up with an annual event called the Henties Bay Development Expo.
The purpose of this event is to create an interactive platform for the local business community to interact, amongst each others, and network with external businesses.
This is to ensure that Henties Bay is marketed, while maximising its full development potential in tourism, housing, infrastructure upgrading and aquaculture development.
This year’s Henties Bay Development Expo will be hosted as from 29 November to 2 December, under the theme ‘Henties Bay, the Hidden Treasure’. This is in light of the developmental potential that was unlocked with the inception of the same expo in 2016, as the first of its kind.
All corporate, small and medium enterprises are invited to participate and showcase their products and services to the business fraternity and residents of this beautiful fast developing town.
Details of the expo can be obtained from the expo administrators, Grace Noarises and Andreas Shikomba on 064 502000.
The climate in Henties Bay is typical of the Namibian west coast – mostly cool and foggy, due to the cold Benguela Current, but much less windy than our neighbouring towns further south.
The warmest months are between December and March, with temperatures between 20 and 30°C, and the cold, foggy months from August to October, with temperatures between 14 and 18°C. But remember, you can have all seasons in one single day!
Things to do and attractions
The town of Henties Bay and its surroundings have so much to offer in terms of activities. The following activities and services are offered within and around Henties Bay:
•Shops, restaurants, coffee shops, takeaways, bars and pubs
•Recreation and sports activities, such as golf, horse riding, quad biking and walking trails; and
•Exploring the surroundings of Henties Bay, involves visiting the shipwrecks and Spitzkoppe, 4×4 routes, Cape Cross, the Dead Sea, the museum crater and many more.
Henties Bay provides a variety of holiday accommodation establishments in different categories, from hotels to camping facilities. All the accommodation establishments available are registered with the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB), to meet the national requirements for accommodation facilities in Namibia.
Henties Bay and its surroundings are one of the safest tourist destinations in Namibia, where you can move around on the beach and in the streets without being constantly plagued by pickpockets and other criminals.
It is, however, necessary to be as mindful of crime, as you would normally be at your home, a big city or another country. By ignoring basic safety measures, tourists promote crime and put their safety in jeopardy.
Tips for anglers
Anglers must not take gillies or other help picked up from the street to their homes – rather obtain a reference from your booking agent.
Make sure that you are informed about the angling regulations. Heavy penalties are imposed for undersized mussels, the possession of bristle worm, angling in prohibited areas and the possession of more than the prescribed quantities of fish. Sea Fisheries inspectors will accept no excuse for the violation of the regulations and South African tourists constantly receive fines at roadblocks and borders for such violations. The angling regulations are available at the Tourist Bureau.
Please keep our beaches clean at all times and take your refuse home, where it can be discarded in a proper manner.
Please keep on existing tracks in the area between the high-water mark and the main coastal road. This is the main breeding area for the almost extinct Damara Tern.
Please keep our beaches clean at all times – littering on the beach is unsightly and can be dangerous to children and wildlife. Enjoy your picnic on the beach and make sure that you leave the beach clean for the next person, who wants to enjoy it again. Take all your rubbish home with you, where it can be discarded with your home refuse.
Do not leave fishing line on the beach. This is extremely dangerous to seabirds.
Do not leave the heads of barbell lying around. This is dangerous to people.
Return undersized fish and unused bait to the sea and do not feed the jackals or seabirds.
Do not drive or angle in areas where it is prohibited.
And please do not kill our jackals!
There are some thoughtless people around (hooligans would be a good description), who think it a fun pastime to chase and run jackals down with their fancy 4×4s. Jackals play a vital role in the desert ecology and help to keep the beaches clean from fish rests.
When visiting the desert
Information about various 4×4 routes as well as other interesting sites in the area can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre. Make sure that you know exactly where you are heading and that you have sufficient directions.
Make sure that you have enough fuel, spare tyres, sufficient tools, drinking water, warm clothing and sun protection, before you venture into the desert.
Take extreme care when driving on gravel roads and do not exceed 80km/h. Excessive speed is the major cause for accidents on gravel roads.
Please note that there is no cellphone network in the remote areas surrounding the Henties Bay Municipal area.
Wild animals must please be respected and not disturbed. Elephants can be encountered in the northern regions and can be very aggressive and dangerous when disturbed. Jackals play a vital role in the desert ecology and should under no circumstances be disturbed.
Do not remove any plants, stones or wood from the desert. Heavy penalties can be imposed.
• Tourist Information Centre:
064 501 142
• Namibian Police Force:
064 500 201
• Pharmacy: 064 500 599
• Doctor: 081 128 2230
• Nurses on Wheels 085 556000
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