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Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

1. Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

Begin your dolphin and whale spotting expedition by checking in at Walvis Bay Waterfront at 8:30 am. Depart from the Jetty between 8:45 - 9 am. From there you’ll begin your search for Namibia’s marine Big 5. Sip a hot coffee or tea as you approach Pelican Point. Admire its landmark lighthouse and see the 60,000 cape fur seals who live there. If visiting in-season ( from July to November), you'll be able to spot large sea mammals including the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whale. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see a gray whale or a pygmy right whale. Observe different species of dolphins including bottlenose, Heaviside's, and dusky dolphins. Keep a lookout for mola molas and leatherback turtles. As you make your expedition, you’ll encounter a variety of seabirds including kelp gulls, Hartlaub’s gulls, and cape cormorant. On the return journey, cruise past ships and oilrigs docked in the bay. As you make your way back, enjoy fresh oysters, sparkling wine, savory snacks, and desserts alongside light drinks and water. You’ll return to the waterfront at 12:30 pm. 

From Swakopmund: Desert Quad Biking

2. From Swakopmund: Desert Quad Biking

Experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia's boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt.  Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. As the towering dunes approach, you’ll weave your way through the smaller dunes towards the Amphitheater. Power up and blast your way to the top of the first big dune via the Roller Coasters to the top of Big Billy. Stop for a drink and get the opportunity to capture the stark and savage beauty of the Namib Desert. After riding down Devil’s Dip, ride the berms, spirals and slopes as you cruise towards the Table Top, a great dune that offers a spectacular view of the sea. After the ride you will be led back to where everything started where you can relax and enjoy a drink at the pub.

Quad Biking: Living Dunes Experience

3. Quad Biking: Living Dunes Experience

This is a living dunes experience on a quad bike. It is a slower tour where you are led by an expert guide and trekker into the Namib Desert to find the living creatures of the desert. You’ve heard of the Big Five, but have you spotted the Namibian Desert Little Five? Find the Namaqua Chameleon, the fastest chameleon on earth, Shovel Snouted Lizard, Web Footed Gecko, Sidewinder Puff Adder and the Wheel Spider. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. Your guide will educate you on all the living creatures in the desert and how they manage to survive such harsh environments. Be amazed at how these creatures adapt to the conditions and the tricks they use to keep themselves fed and watered.

From Swakopmund: Living Dunes Experience

4. 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.

Highlights of Walvis Bay, Dune 7 Shore Excursion

5. Highlights of Walvis Bay, Dune 7 Shore Excursion

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Walvis Bay. After a short briefing and introduction, make your way out of the town towards Dune 7. Arrive at Dune 7 after approximately 20 minutes and enjoy some free time to climb up the sand and take photos. Head back towards town and then to the Walvis Bay Salt Refinery. This refinery produces a staggering 750,000 tons of salt per year, much of which is exported internationally. It covers an area of 4500 hectares and is in the process of expanding. See massive heaps of salt that looks like snow and bright pink-colored water basins. Then, travel out onto the peninsula with the calm lagoon to the right and the roaring Atlantic ocean to the left. Enjoy a drive to the very tip of Pelican Point and see wildlife, a shipwreck, and the Pelican Point Lighthouse along the way. The Lighthouse was built in 1932 and stands 35 meters high. It now offers luxury accommodation to its clients and offers complete relaxation in this unique area.   Once you reach the end of the peninsula, enjoy some free time to explore and take in the spectacular scenery surrounded by wildlife that includes the second-largest Cape Fur Seal colony in the country. Then, enjoy a lunch comprised of a variety of finger snacks, sparkling wine, local beers, water, soft drinks, and dessert. After lunch, travel towards Walvis Bay Lagoon. This lagoon in the southwest area of the town is regarded as one of the most important wetlands for birds along the southern African coast. The area is a feeding site for up to 50% of greater flamingos found in Southern Africa and also attracts other species like gulls, plovers, pelicans, and the endemic Damara Tern. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this spectacular lagoon before heading concluding the tour at your accommodation.

Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

6. 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.

From Swakopmund: Full-Day Guided Spitzkoppe Tour

7. From Swakopmund: Full-Day Guided Spitzkoppe Tour

Discover Spitzkoppe on a full day tour with a private guide from Swakopmund. Admire the brilliantly-colored granite peaks of Spitzkoppe that rise abruptly out of the surrounding plains, and hear detailed explanations about the surroundings throughout your tour from your guide. Begin your day with hotel pickup at around 9 AM in Swakopmund. Drive 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) eastward of the coastal Atlantic to your first stop, the Martin Luther steam tractor. Learn about the history of the only material remnant of the first attempt to introduce mechanized transport in Namibia, and receive a brief description of the area and Namibia in general. Next, drive inland for about 1 hour and 45 minutes to the stark grandeur of Gross Spitzkoppe, an inselberg or inland mountain often described as the Matterhorn of Namibia because of its shape. Rising 1728 meters (5670 feet) above sea level, Spitzkoppe's highest peak stands about 700 meters (2297 feet) above the desert floor and poses a perennial challenge to the serious mountaineer; the summit was first scaled only in 1946. Marvel at the striking colors of the mountains, visible from great distances away. After a short introduction to the local Damara people who reside in the area, have the opportunity to view the natural flora of the region before heading to the spectacular rock paintings of the Spitzkoppe. Make sure to take your camera with you as both the Gross and Klein Spitkoppe, the Pontak Mountains, and the associated Bushman artwork are ideal for photography, whether amateur or professional. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel at approximately 4 PM. Lunch in the wild is included with the tour.

Half-Day Swakopmund Tour from Walvis Bay

8. 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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It was really great, everything was fine except for the fog, later found out that they also offer an afternoon tour, which unfortunately wasn't available from getyourguide, so I recommend booking an afternoon tour, because then the fog is usually gone and the sun is shining .

Very well organized. German guide. We were lucky enough to see whales in April. But we didn't see any dolphins, turtles and molas. The seal colony was nice to watch. There were drinks and food on board

awesome ride! our guide, Timo, was excellent. Rode around the dunes for some hours then sandboarded. highly recommend sandboarding, the best part is crashing and rolling. fyi, you'll get sand everywhere.

An amazing experience. Exhilirating and fun and informative. Rikkie was a great guide concerned with our safety but also our experience. I would highly recommend it.

The guides were lovely and took us on a beautiful tour through the dunes. It felt like a big playground for children with stunning views.