Henties Bay at a glance
Henties Bay, or Hentiesbaai, is well-loved for its rustic, peaceful ambience, temperate weather and seemingly endless unspoilt beaches. It forms part of the Skeleton coast, which was named in honour of the countless skeletons of ships and whales that have been spotted here over the years. Hentie's Bay is found on the edge of dunes and lichen plains, and it is much loved by nature lovers, photographers, tourists and locals for its breathtaking scenery. A popular destination for angling, Henties Bay is an ideal spot from which to explore everything that the Namib desert has to offer.
A brief history of the area
The Henties Bay story begins in 1488, when Bartolomeu Dias sailed the Atlantic coast and discovered the abundance of fish in the area. The town is named in honour of Hendrik Stefanus van der Merwe, who came across the area in 1929 while looking for water in the midst of a rhinoceros hunt.
As is the case in much of Namibia, Henties Bay doesn't get much rain, with the monthly average from May to December being 0mm of precipitation. January to April also sees negligible rainfall. If you're not a fan of a hot climate, Henties Bay will be a fantastic home for you. February and March are the hottest months of the year, when temperatures climb to an average of 25°C. The coldest months are September and October, which are hardly different with the mercury commonly rising to 21°C.
Schools in the area
Looking for an excellent school in close proximity to Henties Bay? Henties Bay Private School is a great place to start! The school's motto is "educating young minds", and with a CAPS (South African) curriculum that runs right from pre-school to Grade 12, this school has your child's primary and secondary education covered. Kamwandi Combined School is also located in Henties Bay.
Healthcare in the area
There is a state clinic situated in Henties Bay, and the nearest hospitals are in Swakopmund, which is approximately 75km or a 50-minute drive away. Here, you will have the choice of visiting Swakopmund State Hospital or Spescare Swakopmund. In Henties Bay itself, you can visit a general practitioner or a dental clinic.
There are a number of shops in Henties Bay to ensure that all the needs of locals and visitors alike are met. There is a SPAR and Tops, a hardware store, a pharmacy, tackle shops and much more.
Distance from key points (Airport)
The driving distance from Henties Bay to Walvis Bay International Airport is approximately 115km. In average traffic, it will take you about an hour and 20 minutes to get there.
Seafood is a natural choice when you're in Henties Bay, and a meal at GoFishy Restaurant will not disappoint. Other restaurants in Henties Bay include Fishy Corner, Misty Bay Cafe and Western Saloon Restaurant, ensuring that that there is something for everyone.
Looking for a fun way to spend a day in and around Henties Bay? There's plenty to see and do.
While no angling is allowed within the boundaries of the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, the surrounding beaches are open and accessible to fisherman with 4x4 vehicles. The best time of year for angling is from the end of January to April, but a determined fisherman can make a catch all year round. Everyone angling in this area is reminded to familiarise themselves with Namibia's various laws pertaining to fishing and the protection of the marine environment.
2. Horse riding
Henties Bays beaches provide the perfect place for horse riding, and stables in the area offer beach and desert rides, as well as pony rides for children. There's even a carriage available for a picture-perfect, infinitely Instagrammable Henties Bay wedding day.
Make Henties Bay your home. Let it be your story.
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