First sailed past in 1488 by Bartolomeu Dias, today's Henties Bay contained such an abundance of fish that he named it Praai das Sadhinas, or Coast of Fish.
The first man to call this place home was Major Hendrik Stefanus van der Merwe in 1930, after returning to the following the previous year’s discovery. He built a wooden cabin and the area soon became known by holiday goers as Hentie se baai (Henty's Bay). Due to its large numbers of fish in the area, it became extremely popular with travelers and people wanting to find a sustainable spot away from any hustle and bustle.
Today Henties Bay remains the small town it's always been. Small guesthouses, country hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts in Henties Bay make up just some of the amazing accommodation options along the Namibian coast. From the privacy that one gets from a well situated self-catering house such as Huis Klipdrift, to the beautiful, waters-edge lodge of Cape Cross, the area has much in the way of true quality accommodation.
The fishing scene still remains a big part of the Henties Bay lifestyle with many holiday goers able to be found on the beach with rod in hand, hoping to land the next big noteworthy catch. From those fisherman who would prefer to cast off of the shore to those who would prefer to try their luck at some off shore fishing, the waters around the area are teeming with life.
If you're planning a trip up the West Coast Route and decide to head out of the country, be sure to make this one of your stops. Many make a conscious effort to stop off in this small town when heading to Walvis Bay or Swakopmund. Slightly further North, but providing much in the way of relaxation Henties Bay is a definite port of call when it comes to experiencing all that the fantastic Namibian coast has to offer.