THE PRESIDENT’S LINKS ESTATE will be situated on the edge of the Dorob National Park in the Walvis Bay Townlands in an area measuring ±148 Hectares.
The specific location was chosen by world-renowned golf course designer Peter Matkovich and his partner USPGA Golfing Professional and winner of the OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Louis Oosthuizen.
The setting within the dunes will be unique, and it will be one of three golf courses in the world built in a dune setting. We believe the golf course’s location will attract thousands of golfers from across the globe to come and experience our desert masterpiece.
We also hope that the course and setting will attract the Sunshine Golf Tour back to Namibia and maybe even attract a European Tour event on THE PRESIDENT’S LINKS ESTATE.
WALVIS BAY HISTORY
The town Walvis Bay (meaning Bay of Whales in Afrikaans) has an eventful history. It was discovered by the Portuguese sailor Diaz, who explored the West African coast from 1482 to 1489, and who sailed in the bay for the first time in 1487. At the beginning of the 18th century, the place developed into a sought-after fishing ground for fishers from North America and Europe due to its abundance of whales and fish. The town itself was founded in 1793 by the Dutch from the Cape (South Africa) but was annexed by a British war vessel only a few years later.
Since 1850 Walvis Bay grew steadily due to its trade connections, but it was occupied in 1878 by the British Crown, as many British fishermen and Guano trades had settled there. Furthermore, the bay was of strategic importance for the sea route. In 1884 the German Protectorate included the surrounding areas of the bay; Walvis Bay became a British enclave. In 1910 the South African Union was established and integrated into the Union as part of the Cape Province Walvis Bay.
At the beginning of the First World War, the town was shortly occupied by German troops. After German southwest Africa had been put under the South African administration as League of Nations mandate in 1919, the South African parliament decided in 1922 to assign the town to South West African territory. However, in 1977, the town was reassigned to the Cape Province which was seen
as a repeated annexation, especially as efforts for the independence of Namibia were made since the early seventies. In 1990 Namibia became independent.
A resolution of the UNO stipulated that South Africa was to hand over Walvis Bay to Namibia, but it never happened. Only at the end of 1994, the Walvis Bay area was handed over to Namibia.
WALVIS BAY TODAY
Today Walvis Bay is the third-largest town of Namibia and its only deep-sea harbour. Between 55,000 and 65,000 people live in Walvis Bay, depending on seasonal workers for the dominant fishing industry.
As the water of the coastal area is immaculate, Walvis Bay is known for its high-quality fish, oysters, rock lobsters, etc. A few touristic highlights: One of them is a boat trip along the coast to view dolphins and seals, whereby the seals jump right into the boat. With a bit of luck, whales with their impressive tail fin can be spotted.
For bird enthusiasts and anglers, trips by boat or 4×4 vehicles to the bird colonies of the 10-kilometre long lagoon of Sandwich Harbour are a special treat. In this large natural lagoon, more than 120,000 birds have been counted, including pelicans and flamingos. A trip to “Dune 7” just outside town is also well worth it. It is the highest dune in the area, and one can enjoy a fantastic view when standing on top of it and try the trendy sport called sandboarding. As Swakopmund is a mere 30km away, one can easily visit this coastal town and its attractions.
One should not forget to mention the large salt fields around Walvis Bay. On an area of 3500 hectares, 400,000 tons of high-quality salt are produced annually.
The Republic of Namibia is located in the south-western part of Africa. Namibia has a population of about 2.1 Million inhabitants and an area of 824292 km². Namibia is one of the most fascinating and diverse countries in the world and a number 1 travel destination. Namibia is world famous for the highest dunes in the world at Sossusvlei and for the Etosha National Park, one of world’s greatest conservation areas.
The official name of Namibia is “Republic of Namibia”. Namibia is an independent country since 1990, a presidential republic with a democratic constitution following democratic principles including freedom of speech, press and religion.
Namibia has a multi-party parliamentary system with the ruling party in complete control of the Government. Free of a coup, war, or terrorist attack, it ranks at the forefront in Africa in terms of political integrity.
BUSINESS & EMPLOYMENT
Namibia is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). It forms the Common Monetary Area (CMA) with South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho and maintains close trade and economic exchanges with other members.
Namibia has a well-structured and stable financial system with the second-largest stock exchange in Africa, ensuring a high degree of financial stability and a favourable environment for investors.
Namibia has first-class infrastructure, including railways, highways, communications, power supply, water conservancy facilities, and Africa’s largest deep-water gateway port in the Atlantic.
There is an acute shortage of professionals in various specialised fields in Namibia, especially in education, healthcare, finance, and engineering design.
With an independent judicature, Namibia provides legal protection for foreign investors. In recent years, Namibia has become a new hot spot for African investors. The Government has introduced multiple preferential policies for foreign investors, such as preferential tax rates, immigration provisions, etc.
Particular institutions have been set up to help foreign investors with all kinds of procedures. As per Namibian law, the owner of a property has permanent property rights.
The Namibia dollar replaced the South African rand, the country’s currency, while South African ruled southwest Africa from 1920 until 1990.
The rand is still legal tender, as the Namibian dollar is linked to the South African rand and can be exchanged on a one-to-one basis locally. Namibia was also part of the Common Monetary Area from independence in 1990 until the introduction of the dollar in 1993.