Luxury yacht Attila docks in Walvis Bay

Niël Terblanché

Namibia’s ambitions to become a premier destination for luxury yacht tourism received a significant boost with the arrival of the magnificent 64-metre steel yacht, Attila, at the Port of Walvis Bay on Monday.

The docking of such a magnificent vessel emphasizes the Namibian Ports Authority’s (Namport) ongoing efforts to position Namibia as a regional hub for cargo as well as luxury yacht tourism, enhancing the country’s international reputation and economic prospects.

The Attila, a luxurious masterpiece owned by Mauricio Filiberti, an Argentinian entrepreneur and founder of Transclor, a leading water purification chemicals company, exemplifies the pinnacle of maritime opulence.

Filiberti’s entrepreneurial prowess has earned him a notable place in Argentina’s business landscape, and his yacht, Attila, is a demonstration of his success.

Boasting three pools, including one with transparent walls and floors that illuminate the deck below, the yacht offers a lavish experience.

A marble-lined staircase gracefully connects the beach club to the main saloon, creating an ambience of grandeur and elegance.

The design of Attila places a strong emphasis on spacious shared areas, featuring a cinema room, multiple dining spaces, and extensive facilities for meat and wine storage, catering to the discerning tastes of its guests.

Namport’s initiative to facilitate the docking of luxury yachts at Namibia’s key ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz is aimed at strengthening the country’s tourism sector.

By welcoming vessels like Attila, Namibia is set to attract high-net-worth individuals, potentially leading to substantial economic and diplomatic benefits.

This move is part of a broader strategy to enrich Namibia’s international standing and reputation as a premier tourism destination.

Over the past five years, Namibia has seen a steady increase in visits by luxury yachts which suggests growing interest in the country’s pristine coastline and maritime attractions.

Notable visits include the 78-metre yacht Titania, which docked in Walvis Bay in 2021, and the 88-metre superyacht Maltese Falcon, which made a stop in Lüderitz in 2020.

Attila’s current journey includes stops at several exclusive destinations along the African coast, which stresses the increasing popularity of Africa as a luxury yacht destination.

The yacht’s itinerary features ports in South Africa, Seychelles, and Mauritius, reflecting a growing trend among yacht owners to explore the diverse and exotic locales of the African continent.

Mauricio Filiberti, the visionary behind Attila, is known for his significant contributions to Argentina’s water purification industry.

His company, Transclor, is a prominent name in the sector, providing essential chemicals for water treatment.

Filiberti’s interest in luxury yachting reflects his passion for high-end leisure and travel, further cementing his status as a leading figure in the world of luxury.

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