Swakopmund
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  • Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

    1. Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

    After hotel pickup in Swakopmund or meeting your guide at the Walvis Bay Waterfront, admire the mass of flamingoes in the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Your 4x4 tour will head out to a tidal lagoon consisting of adjacent intertidal areas, mudflats, and sandbars that supports thousands of wetland birds. In addition to the many flamingoes, there are 11 species of endangered birds regularly observed at this RAMSAR site. Next, your tour will proceed to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where springboks are sometimes seen. Here you'll also look for some of the area’s smaller creatures, such as the fog-basking beetle, dancing spider (white lady of the Namib), golden mole, shovel-snouted lizard, and palmato gecko. Then if weather and tides allow, you'll drive along the beach right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest wetlands and the second RAMSAR site for the day. Wedge...

    Really easy process from start to finish. Guide went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed it as much as possible.

  • 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 dri...

    Quad biking has been on my bucket list for as long I can remember. Although it’s finally ticked off, I’d do it over and over again. That’s how much fun, exciting and thrilling the experience was for me. Highly recommended - a must do activity.

  • Kayaking and Sandwich Harbour Combo Tour

    3. Kayaking and Sandwich Harbour Combo Tour

    Enjoy a scenic morning drive along the Walvis Bay Lagoon to Pelican Point. On this full-day combo tour you’ll stop along the way to see countless flamingos, pelicans and large flocks of cormorants. Get your kayak ready at Pelican Point, home to as many as 50,000 Cape fur seals. Paddle right next to the friendly creatures. Your guide will take some photos and email them to you after the tour. Head into the Namib Desert for a 4x4 dune drive. Enter the Namib Naukluft National Park, stopping to photograph wildlife at various points during the drive. If weather permits, enjoy lunch at Sandwich Lagoon – featuring finger snacks, sparkling wine, and local beer.

    The kajak tour was so much fun! It was great to interact with the seals and the guide was great! The Sandwich Harbour tour with Jaques was excellent! Can‘t wait to do this again! Totally recommend :-)

  • From Swakopmund: Tandem Sky Diving

    4. From Swakopmund: Tandem Sky Diving

    After pickup from your hotel in Swakopmund, arrive at the skydiving club and receive a short briefing from your tandem master. Get kitted out in your harness and watch as other participants make the leap. Once your name is called, get into the plane with your instructor and enjoy a scenic 15-minute flight. See the unique Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Namib Desert Dunes - the world's oldest desert. Summon all your courage to leap out of the plan attached by a harness to your qualified instructor. Experience the rush of a 40-second free fall, then float through the air for a few minutes after the parachute is deployed. Take in all the incredible views suspended from your parachute for approximately 7 minutes until finally, the instructor lands you safely on Mother Earth. Once you hit the ground, you’ll want to do it all over again. Choose to take the skydive with a 35, 45, or 60-seco...

  • Quad Biking: Living Dunes Experience

    5. 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.

    Was an awesome experience and the guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable.

  • Spitzkoppe Guided Day Tour

    6. Spitzkoppe Guided Day Tour

    Your tour starts around 7:30 AM with pick-up from your accommodation in Swakopmund or Walvis Bay. At 8:00 AM depart towards Henties Bay, driving next to the Atlantic ocean, where you'll stop to view a shipwreck. Around 8:30 AM you'll have a stop for a photo opportunity at a unique holiday resort. Then, at 9:00 AM you'll arrive at Henties Bay for a quick tour and a bit of a history lesson before you head to your main destination. Arrive at Spitzkoppe and learn some interesting facts about the mountain. You will now have some free time to walk or climb some of the peaks, or take the opportunity to visit some ancient bushman rock art. Around 12:00 PM you'll enjoy a delicious lunch which includes soft drinks, juice, water, beer, sparkling wine, finger snacks, and a local dessert. After lunch, depart Spitzkoppe and head on towards Usakos where you'll have the opportunity to stop for a few p...

    Absolute amazing tour to beautiful Spitzkoppe mountains! We had a great day with our guide JP from the Red Dune Safaris. JP was very welcoming, funny and friendly guide. Great driver too. He took us to different interesting places along the way, shared his knowledge and made great conversation. Everything was greatly planned and yet relaxed. We would definitely recommend his services.

  • Self-Drive Namib Desert Adventure to Sandwich Bay

    7. Self-Drive Namib Desert Adventure to Sandwich Bay

    Experience the adventure and beauty of exploring the Namib Desert on your own 4x4 vehicle lead by an experienced guide. Your day starts after collection from the Walvis Bay Yacht Club at 8:30 AM. After a quick briefing, you'll depart towards Sandwich Harbor. Along the way, stop at the Walvis Bay Lagoon- a Ramsar site which is home to 250,000 flamingos during the rainy season. Stop at the Walvis Bay Salt Refinery where you'll learn more about the production taking place there. From there, head into the Kuiseb riverbed. From there, drive alongside a natural salt pan en route to the Namib Desert. Stop to look for wildlife along the way and then its onto Sandwich Harbor. The narrow stretch of beach you have to pass next is exciting. It is the famous area where huge Namib dunes meet the roaring Atlantic Ocean.. Conclude your tour back to Walvis Bay.

    very experienced guide with good knowledge of driving on dunes. small group was great

  • Highlights of Walvis Bay, Dune 7 Shore Excursion

    8. 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 no...

  • Sandwich Harbour Guided Tour

    9. Sandwich Harbour Guided Tour

    Depart for Sandwich Harbour from the Walvis Bay waterfront on a 5-hour morning excursion. After a quick briefing, you'll be on the way. En route stop at the Walvis Bay Lagoon, a Ramsar Wetlands Site that’s home to 250,000 flamingos in the rainy season. Stop at the Walvis Bay Salt Refiners and learn about their production process. Continue on through the Namib Desert. On the way to Sandwich Harbour, be on the lookout for fascinating wildlife. If the weather permits, you’ll enjoy lunch at Sandwich Lagoon – featuring finger snacks, sparkling wine, local beer and fresh Namibian oysters. After lunch head back to the Walvis Bay waterfront.

    Our guide JP was very professional and gave as an excellent tour to Sandwich Harbor. We enjoyed it very much and had a wonderful day.

  • From Swakopmund: Two-Day Sosussvlei Guided Tour

    10. From Swakopmund: Two-Day Sosussvlei Guided Tour

    This two-day, private exploration tour to Sossusvlei departs from the quaint coastal village of Swakopmund on a daily basis. Get picked up from your hotel and head into the world-famous Namib Desert. Begin with a visit to the lagoon and salt pan in Walvisbay; this shallow and sheltered 45,000-hectare lagoon attracts a range of coastal water birds and enormous flocks of lesser and greater flamingos. It is also home to chestnut-banded plovers and curlew sandpipers, as well as the rare Damara tern. From there, head to the dunes of Sossusvlei. These gigantic star-shaped mountains of sand are a sought-after subject for photographers because of their warm tints, ranging from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, contrasted with the large white pans at their bases. Spend the night at a camp in Sossusvlei.  On the second day, spend a little more time admiring all that Sossusvlie has to o...

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What people are saying about Swakopmund

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Absolute amazing tour to beautiful Spitzkoppe mountains! We had a great day with our guide JP from the Red Dune Safaris. JP was very welcoming, funny and friendly guide. Great driver too. He took us to different interesting places along the way, shared his knowledge and made great conversation. Everything was greatly planned and yet relaxed. We would definitely recommend his services.

We were all alone with Chris. It was an incredibly beautiful tour and we were able to learn more about Namibia, the desert, animals and culture and of course what we booked. Mega rides through the dunes and sandboarding was awesome too! Thank you for this great experience! Gladly again!

The kajak tour was so much fun! It was great to interact with the seals and the guide was great! The Sandwich Harbour tour with Jaques was excellent! Can‘t wait to do this again! Totally recommend :-)

Really easy process from start to finish. Guide went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed it as much as possible.

Was an awesome experience and the guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable.