When Frikkie sets up a tour, he balances the experiences with contrasts. One day you are in the desert climbing up sand dunes, the next day you are on a boat watching a whale breach in the open sea. He leads you in deeper as you go along. You have to trust and follow his lead. In Walvis Bay there is a group which offers 4 hour morning tours of the harbor and the open sea just beyond the harbor. So on this cold and misty morning we balance one foot in front of the other to cross the narrow wooden plank which leads to a jaunty ski-boat. These boats take 8 to 10 people and are small enough that you feel ocean spray and the thrill of the sea wind.
“Our Captain this morning, Crystal, is a petite young woman with freckles and a long blond braid down her back. She introduces us to the ship and each other and gives an idea of what we will be experiencing. This Walvis Bay Harbor Tour was a joyful one, due to Crystal’s obvious enthusiasm for her work and love of the marine animals and birds we met in the course of the day. Captain Crystal’s first mate was a pelican named Chuck.The folks who run Levo Tours out of Walvis Bay are dedicated to the marine wildlife and the quality of our experience reflected that. Bonds had been built with the birds and animals who live freely in their natural habitat but venture up close to humans. They are not tame or treated like pets, more like collaborators.
In the course of those four hours we saw dolphins leaping in the sea (moving much too fast for any photo taking), penguins swimming along slowly enough for the camera’s eye.