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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: Living Dunes Experience

2. 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.

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.

Swakopmund: 2.5-Hour Coastal Segway Tour

4. Swakopmund: 2.5-Hour Coastal Segway Tour

Set off for some Segway sightseeing in Swakopmund, Namibia. Riding a Segway is intuitive and easy to learn, making it a perfect addition to any visit to Swakopmund. Prepare to have a blast on a tour along the coastline with a local guide. After introductions and a 15-minute training session, make your way through the charming streets of Swakopmund town, led by a professional guide. Feel safe and secure donned in one of the new and stylish helmets provided to all riders.  Buzz around the city and its beautiful beaches as you listen to a suite of fun and interesting stories. Get dropped off at your hotel to conclude the tour. Note that before the training session, you'll be required to sign an indemnity form.

Pelican Point Peninsula Tour

5. 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 Swakopmund: Full-Day Guided Spitzkoppe Tour

6. 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.

Spitzkoppe 2 Day Guided Camping Tours Namibia

7. Spitzkoppe 2 Day Guided Camping Tours Namibia

Drive first to the Martin Luther steam tractor, the only material remnant of the first attempt to introduce mechanized transport in Namibia. You will receive a brief description of its history, as well as of Swakopmund and Namibia in general. Afterwards, drive inland to see the stark grandeur of Gross Spitzkoppe. During the drive your guide will offer detailed explanations about the surroundings and, of course, the Spitzkoppe - a perennial challenge to the serious mountaineer. The mountains are brilliantly colored and rise abruptly out of the surrounding plains. After a short introduction to the local Damara people who reside in the area, there will be an opportunity to view the natural flora of the region, before heading to the spectacular rock paintings of the Spitzkoppe. Both the Grosse and Klein Spitzkoppe, as well as the Pontok Mountains and the associated Bushman artwork, are ideal for photography - whether amateur or professional.

Walvis Bay: 4-Hour Namib Desert and Dunes Photography Tour

8. Walvis Bay: 4-Hour Namib Desert and Dunes Photography Tour

Meet your guides at the scenic Walvis Bay in the afternoon - at this time of day the lighting is just perfect for landscape photography. Proceed along the coastline and photograph the South Atlantic waves lap up against the shore. You might also catch a glimpse of the bay’s wildlife including dolphins, seals, and turtles. As you leave the coast behind, head into the famous Namib Desert, named for its vast and sprawling landscapes. Spend some time exploring and admiring the array of majestic and imposing sand dunes, and soak up the unforgettable and peaceful vista that stretches out before you. With the assistance of your creative guides, snap once-in-a-lifetime photos for your collection, and learn how to compose the perfect photo for this particular landscape. After 4 incredible hours, head back to Walvis Bay where the tour ends.

From Walvis Bay: Moon Landscape & Welwitschia Half-Day Tour

9. From Walvis Bay: Moon Landscape & Welwitschia Half-Day Tour

Your guide will meet you at your accommodation in Walvis Bay at 08:00. After a quick briefing about the day's activities, you'll get into a 4x4 vehicle and depart to your first stop, Dune 7. This is the highest dune in the area at 132 meters. It is well worth climbing for the remarkable view. Depart to the Moon landscape, an extremely arid area with Damara Granites that was pushed through the earth's crust some 500 million years ago. After stopping for photos, head to the Goanikontes Oasis, once a trade route and now a favorite place to relax with family and have some refreshments. After a quick stop, head towards the Welwitchia plains where you'll set up lunch. Lunch usually includes finger snacks, sparking wine, and various beverages. Afterwards, take a scenic route back to your accommodation.

Half-Day Swakopmund Tour from Walvis Bay

10. 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

Great guide on our catamaran "Silverwind". He told so much, explained, informed .... even if we didn't see the Big Five of the sea, we learned a lot about animals, land and oyster farming.

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.

Amazing experience and exceeding our expectations! Thank you!