Henties Bay is a coastal town in Namibia, situated along the National West Coast Recreation Area, about 440 km from Windhoek, 70 km north of Swakopmund and about 60 km south of the Cape Cross seal colony.
It is a small town with a population of about 2700 permanent residents and is a popular holiday resort. It has all the necessary facilities such as accommodation establishments, shops, restaurants, pubs, banks, a post office, 24-hour petrol, 4 x 4 vehicle hire, garages, service stations and tow-in services, as well as medical services.
Various sport facilities are available to the public such as a nine-hole golf course, tennis and squash courts and a Jukskei court. Henties Bay has a peaceful, rustic atmosphere and the absence of heavy traffic, the mild climate and long stretches of unspoilt beach creates the ideal setting for a leisurely holiday with long walks, sunbathing and picnicking or a few days rest for the overseas visitor after a tiresome journey on hot and dusty roads. Parts of the beach are closed to anglers, vehicles and quad bikes to offer pedestrians and sunbathers maximum peace and quite.
A very attractive feature of Henties Bay and the heart of its origin is the natural freshwater spring in an old delta of the Omaruru River, referred to as the Valley, and discovered by Major Hentie van der Merwe in 1929. It practically divides Henties Bay in two parts namely the North Dune and the South Dune.
Exploring the possibility of developing the area into a wetland, officials from the municipality and a wetland expert from The Ministry of Tourism and Environment concluded, in 2001, that a wetland area was indeed possible. Using the existing palms as the boundary, a small wetland was created in November 2001 by removing loads of silt and reed.
For more than twenty years the gallows is an interesting landmark in Henties Bay, which stimulates the curiosity of many a tourist to the town. Initiated by frank Atkinson and Willie Cilliers, who respectively settled here in 1969 and 1971 as two of the first permanent residents of Henties Bay, it was erected in 1978 as an appeal to keep the town and beach clean.
Another interesting feature in the heart of the desert is the Tulongeni Gardening Project, a community-based project initiated by the Mayor and owned and run by the community as a job creation effort. The garden is situated in the valley, an old delta of the Omaruru River. Strong sweet water comes from boreholes provided by the Municipality and is pumped to the different sections of the garden.