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Henties Bay

Namibian paradise for fishermen

The origin of the village happened in an unhurried African manner: In 1929 a certain Major Hentie van der Merwe found a fresh water spring at the mouth of the Omaruru River, spent his holiday here and caught fish. In the years to follow he regularly returned taking along friends for fishing and relaxation and one hut was followed by some more, followed by a campsite and eventually the town developed.

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Today Henties Bay, situated 70 km north of Swakopmund, has about 5,000 permanent inhabitants. This number ten folds during the coastal high season (Christmas / New Year).

Henties Bay is a popular holiday town and a paradise for fishermen, especially favoured by South Africans. Fishing takes first place and all possible features for fishing tourism are being offered, for example shark fishing and boat angling trips.