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From Swakopmund: Living Dunes Experience

1. From Swakopmund: Living Dunes Experience

Discover how the ancient Namib is home to more endemic species than any other desert in the world. This living desert tour is an extraordinary exploration of the coastal dune belt just outside Swakopmund. To the untrained eye, the dunes are just a pile of sand, however, your skilled and experienced guides will introduce you to a wealth of life. Track Palmato Geckos, sand-diving lizards, the famous fog-basking tok-tokkie beetle, sidewinder snakes, spiders, scorpions, and chameleons. This 3-hour exploration will be rounded out with a short dune drive. Meet your driver at your hotel in Swakopmund and then travel into the coastal dune belt that’s just beyond the city limits. Spot some of the natural highlights of the desert landscape as you drive into the dunes, but many of the desert’s most fascinating sights require a trained eye and a firsthand look. Learn about the fascinating animals that thrive in Namibia's arid landscape; search for creatures that crawl, slither, and hop across the sand; and find out how to identify the subtle tracks they leave. Following the wildlife portion of this Swakopmund dunes tour, pick up some speed on a dunes drive, and finish with return transfer to your hotel.

Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

2. Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

You'll be met at your cruise ship in the port of Walvis Bay. After a quick briefing, head over to the lagoon to view all the flamingos. From there, have the chance to climb Dune 7, the highest dune in the vicinity at 132 meters (433 feet) tall. Enjoy a drink of water and then move on to see the Welwitschia Mirabilis plant, an endemic living fossil. Stop to admire the lunar landscape of the Welwitschia Plains before spending lunchtime at Goanikontes Oasis (lunch at your own expense). After lunch, you'll be taken to the old German town of Swakopmund. Explore the town at your own pace and do some shopping. Finally, make your way back to your cruise ship via the coastal road.

Private Guide Township Historical Family Tour

3. Private Guide Township Historical Family Tour

Through this township cultural tour experience you will be introduced to the locals and learn about the different Namibian cultures. Touring with your private guide is like being a guest in the neighbourhood. Visit the guide's friends in their homes and shacks, hear their stories, and see their businesses. Hear the traditional Damara clicking language and smell the sidewalk barbecues - even have a taste if you'd like. Your guide wants to share with you a slice of life in the townships of Mondesa, so you have a real authentic Namibian experience. The tour will include a meal, usually a barbecue or a normal set-up of local traditional food with a local family. The daily tours include a visit to the women's day project. On Sundays, the tour includes a visit to a Church with prior arrangement. Most guests come away feeling positive and inspired. These tours are not about poverty - yes, you will see signs of poverty, but rather the tours are about people and how they are lifting themselves out of their poverty. They are positive, resilient, hopeful people who are friendly, welcoming and proud of their culture and history.

Pelican Point Peninsula Tour

4. Pelican Point Peninsula Tour

Your 5-hour tour begins at the Walvis Bay waterfront, where you’ll be given a quick briefing before heading to the Walvis Bay lagoon, the first attraction of the day, Walvis Bay is considered one of the most important lagoons in southern Africa, and is home to hundreds of flamingos, pelicans and avocets. Stop for photos and to learn more about this spectacular site. Then it's off to the Walvis Bay salt refinery, where you'll hear about the production processes before heading out on an off-road, 4x4 drive in deep, loose sand. Stop to see a shipwreck and the remains of an old jetty. As you approach the lighthouse, your guide will provide some historical information about this landmark. By this time, you will have reached the very tip of the peninsula, with the Walvis Bay lagoon on one side and the mighty Atlantic Ocean on the other. Take a break for refreshments and enjoy some free time to watch the seals and birds. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred back to the Walvis Bay waterfront, where your tour ends.

From Windhoek: 10-Day Namibia Highlights Tour with Lodging

5. From Windhoek: 10-Day Namibia Highlights Tour with Lodging

DAY 1 MONDAY Pick up accommodation in Windhoek (or at the airport on request) Tranfer to Kalahari Anib Lodge Dinner @ Kalahari Anib Lodge Overnight @ Kalahari Anib Lodge DAY 2 TUESDAY Breakfast @ Kalahari Anib Lodge Transfer to Namib Desert Lodge Dinner @ Namib Desert Lodge Overnight @ Namib Desert Lodge DAY 3 WEDNESDAY Sossusvlei Excursion (brunch packs) Sundowner dune drive Dinner @ Namib Desert Lodge Overnight @ Namib Desert Lodge DAY 4 THURSDAY Breakfast @ Namib Desert Lodge Transfer to The Delight Swakopmund Overnight @ The Delight Swakopmund DAY 5 FRIDAYBreakfast @ The Delight Swakopmund Overnight @ The Delight Swakopmund DAY 6 SATURDAY Breakfast @ The Delight Swakopmund/ breakfast pack Transfer to Damata Mopane Lodge Excursion to Petrified Forest Dinner @ Damara Mopane Lodge Overnight @ Damara Mopane Lodge DAY 7 SUNDAY Breakfast @ Damara Mopane Lodge Excursion to Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings Excursion to Damara Living Museum Excursion to Organ Pipes & Burnt Mountain Dinner @ Damara Mopane Lodge Overnight @ Damara Mopane Lodge DAY 8 MONDAY Breakfast @ Damara Mopane Lodge / breakfast pack Visit at a Himba Village Transfer to Etosha Safari Camp Afternoon Etosha Game Drive Dinner @ Etosha Safari Camp Overnight Etosha Safari Camp DAY 9 TUESDAY Breakfast packs Full Day Etosha Game Drive Dinner @ Etosha Safari Camp Overnight Etosha Safari Camp DAY 10 WEDNESDAY Breakfast @ Etosha Safari Camp Transfer to Windhoek Drop-off at accommodation in Windhoek

Half-Day Swakopmund Tour from Walvis Bay

6. Half-Day Swakopmund Tour from Walvis Bay

Your day starts when you are collected from the port of Walvis Bay or your hotel where you will receive a short introduction and briefing from your guide. Swakopmund is situated 30km north of Walvis Bay and you will travel on the coastal road for approximately 30 minutes. On the way there, see the stark contrasts of the massive dunes and the Atlantic ocean. As you approach Swakopmund, you really get the feel of the town's adventurous side with various adventure sports facilities and tour operators in the area. The first stop is at the Martin Luther Road Locomotive, a steam-driven tractor engine that has was abandoned in the Namib desert outside of town. The Road Locomotive was brought to German South-West Africa in early 1896  to use for freight services between Swakopmund and the interior of the country, in place of oxen. The locomotive weighs 14 metric tonnes and due to various setbacks and breakdowns, eventually came to a complete halt and was abandoned where it is at present. From here, travel to the Kristall Gallerie where you will be amazed by all the semi-precious stones and gems that have been mined from this area. You also have the opportunity to purchase some of these unique gemstones. Next, head over to the German Marine Memorial and Lighthouse. Also known as the Marine Denkmal, this memorial was commissioned in 1907 by the Marine Infantry in Kriel, Germany and designed by sculptor AM Wolff. It commemorates the German First Marine Expedition Corps during Herero uprising of 1904.  The Swakopmund Lighthouse was opened on July 1902, it is 21 years older than the Lighthouse at Pelican Point Peninsula in Walvis Bay. The lighthouse is still in operation and guides ships with its light seen as far as 35 nautical miles away. Here you also have the opportunity to visit a local market, selling a variety of hand made crafts. From the Lighthouse, travel south to the 1905 Jetty. With the silting up of the harbor near the mole, it was decided that a wooden landing jetty should be constructed for the purpose of off-loading the boats and rafts. On 25 October 1904 a team of sixty German engineers landed at Swakopmund with materials to build the jetty. It was a difficult task that the engineers faced, fighting with strong currents of the Atlantic as well as the race against time as the mole started silting up with sand. However, they pushed through and met their deadline and the jetty was finished on 25 April 1905. It was 275 meters long and 9 meters wide. In 1912 it was decided that a steel jetty was necessary and work soon began to build it. Today it also has a lovely restaurant that provides delicious food and a spectacular view over the Atlantic Ocean. Then it is time to return to port or your accomodation in Walvis Bay.

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What people are saying about Swakopmund

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

We loved this tour. Our tour guide Jacques was so friendly and informative. We got to learn about Namibia and see some incredible untouched places. Would definitely recommend this tour!!

It was just wonderful

This is how the tour guide should be, open, accessible and respond to questions and requests. Better not possible. Ten out of ten points fully achieved

Absolutely amazing I could have listened to the guide for hours and hours. So knowledgeable and engaging. Thank you so much fir a fabulous morning.

Johnny was a great guide. He could answer all our questions and was really kind and polite. I would recommend the tour to everybody.