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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 proceeds 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.  Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, this is one of Namibia's most important coastal wetlands and supports eight endangered species among the large numbers of wading birds.  Finally enjoy a light lunch including a selection of oysters and snacks, salad, bread, fresh fruit, and drinks atop a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or on the beach.

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

2. 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. When the sun has set and the light has diminished, feast on a selection of fresh Namibian oysters and snacks with sparkling wine, Namibian beers, and cool drinks. Take in the views from the dunes or the beach, before returning at 8:00 PM.

Walvis Bay: Pelican Point Kayaking Tour

3. Walvis Bay: Pelican Point Kayaking Tour

The Pelican Point kayaking tour starts every morning with a scenic drive by 4x4 vehicle along the Walvis Bay Lagoon and the salt mines to Pelican Point. Stop along the way to take pictures of countless flamingos, pelicans, large flocks of cormorants, and a great variety of other birds and wildlife. After about an hour, 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 2 hours on the ocean, depending on general weather conditions. Your guide will use a waterproof camera to capture some photos. After kayaking, recharge at breakfast with some fresh rolls and coffee and tea before heading back to Walvis Bay.

Highlights of Walvis Bay, Dune 7 Shore Excursion

4. 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: Pelican Point & Sandwich Harbor Kayak & 4x4 Tour

5. Walvis Bay: Pelican Point & Sandwich Harbor Kayak & 4x4 Tour

The Kayak Combo is the combination of our Pelican Point Kayaking morning tour and an afternoon 4x4 ride in the breathtaking Sandwich Harbour Area of the Namib Naukluft Park. We spend the morning kayak next to our permanent seal colony at the tip of the Pelican Point Peninsula about 35 km outside of Walvis Bay. We regularly encounter Heaviside’s and Benguella Dolphins. Our kayaks are molded plastic sit-inside double kayaks. They are stable and suitable for inexperienced paddlers. Our guide will use a waterproof camera for some photos, which we will email to you withing a week after the tour (no extra cost). After refreshments, we head back to Walvis Bay to meet up with your Sandwich Harbour guide to see the Kuiseb River Delta, flamingoes, the saltpans and the wetlands just north of the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. If weather and tides allow, you will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands. Alternatively, you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of our many beautiful lookout spots. We return to Walvis Bay around 16h30.

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

6. 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

7. 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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The tour was more than worth it. We were a family of three alone with our guide, who spoke German, explained everything very well, we learned a lot of new things. We stopped at the flamingo lagoon, at the pink salt flats, saw springbok and a coyote that had just bagged a seal. Then to the fantastic landscape of Sandwich Harbour, across the dunes, unique views of the dune sea and the coast. At sunset we enjoyed sparkling wine, oysters and fine snacks. So far our best evening in Namibia!

We did really enjoy this tour. We got the chance to see jaw dropping landscapes in one of the most remote part of the globe. Our guide was such a great expert and drove into the dunes gently. We had fun and enjoyed also a good aperitivo with Prosecco and Namibian oysters which are a must and needs a try! I really encourage you guys to reserve 4/5 hours of your trip in Namibia and take part to this activity as you won’t regret it.

This was a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Having the vastness of the ocean on one side and the massive dunes on the other side is special. There is a thrill aspect as well driving up and down massive dunes. The guides were exceptional in knowledge and ability. They love what they do and they love Namibia.

a great time; crazy landscapes, Marius is a very good guide both for driving in the dunes and for the quality of his explanations. the icing on the cake: the sparkling wine picnic in the dunes with a vegetarian version.

The tour guide Nico was not only very friendly but also professional in the way we were entertained