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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...

    This was one of my favorite things I did in Namibia! The guides and help on the boat were so kind and knowledgeable. Monique was just wonderful! The interactions with the marine life were so cool and unique and the whale watching was amazing!!! the hospitality shown was spectacular.

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

    2. 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.

  • 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 Walvis Bay: Half-Day Eco-Friendly Kayak Tour

    4. From Walvis Bay: Half-Day Eco-Friendly Kayak Tour

    Begin with an informative tour of the Walvis Bay Lagoon and salt mines. Learn about the birdlife of the area before reaching Pelican Point Peninsula. Then take a short 4x4 adventure along the beach. Keep your eyes peeled for the Black-Back Jackal population that patrol the shores. The lighthouse indicates the start of the large seal colonies on the beach and in the water. Once the vehicles find a spot to park as to not disturb the colonies, the preparation for kayaking begins. Water-resistant clothing, flotation devices, and dry bags are set out for use while kayaking. The guides will ensure you are correctly dressed and fastened in the flotation devices before starting the safety briefing. Be assisted onto your kayak and launch out onto the water. The seals almost immediately become curious and move closer to inspect the kayaks. Spend the next 1.5 hours paddling up and down the shoreli...

  • 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 no...

  • Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

    6. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

    Enjoy an evening trip to capture the beautiful sunset of Sandwich Harbor. Drive along the beach, experience the unique wetland atmosphere, and feast on snacks and drinks after you have taken your pictures.

    Depart from Walvis Waterfront at 4:00 PM. Sit back and enjoy the journey as you are driven to the Kuiseb River Delta, a dry riverbed where you may spot the odd springbok, oryx, or jackal.

    Next, if the weather and tide allow, experience a drive to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon along the beach. This is one of Southern Africa’s richest and most unique wetlands and one of five internationally recognized Ramsar sites in Namibia

    Enjoy plenty of time for photography in the beautiful late afternoon light. Explore your photographic creativity with the sun slowly setting, then bury your feet in the sand and watch the sunset over the ocean.

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  • Walvis Bay: Pelican Point Kayaking Tour

    7. Walvis Bay: Pelican Point Kayaking Tour

    Depending on the time of the year, the Pelican Point Kayaking tour starts at either 7:45 AM or 8:30 AM. You will take a scenic drive in a 4x4 vehicle along the Walvis Bay Lagoon and the salt mines to Pelican Point. Stop along the way to take pictures of countless flamingoes, pelicans, large flocks of cormorants, and a great variety of other birds and wildlife. After about one hour, you reach Pelican Point and hop in your kayak. Pelican Point is home to up to 50,000 Cape Fur Seals year-round. They are very friendly and playful and not scared of the kayaks. The seals are inquisitive and often come within touching distance of the kayaks. You'll stay on the protected side of the peninsula and spend around two hours on the ocean, depending on general weather conditions. Your guide will use a waterproof camera to take some photos, which are e-mailed to you immediately after the tour. After k...

  • From Swakopmund: Two-Day Sosussvlei Guided Tour

    8. 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...

  • Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

    9. 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.

  • Walvis Bay: Wildlife Photography Full Day Tour

    10. Walvis Bay: Wildlife Photography Full Day Tour

    After pick-up from your accommodation in Walvis Bay, travel deep into the arid Namib Naukluft Park, the largest park in Africa, and 4th largest park in the world, at 50 000 square kilometers. During this adventure, see some of the most magnificent animals that call the National Park it's home in their natural habitat. This tour is great for aspiring and professional photographers alike. The wide open spaces create breathtaking landscape scenes that will be imprinted into your mind and heart forever. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the wild, that also include water and drinks. This is not a formal sit down lunch, instead, it is far more relaxed, and includes quality homemade treats. The tour concludes in the late afternoon at your starting point.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 107 reviews

This was one of my favorite things I did in Namibia! The guides and help on the boat were so kind and knowledgeable. Monique was just wonderful! The interactions with the marine life were so cool and unique and the whale watching was amazing!!! the hospitality shown was spectacular.

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 :-)

It was amaaaaazziiiing!!! I’d highly recommend. Being on the sea, almost in the middle of nowhere but deep blue waters is sooo calming.

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

They say they are only serving a snack but it's enough for a full meal.