Sandwich Harbour is where the Namib Desert meets the ocean. This small area about 45km south of Walvis Bay contains a large saltwater lagoon, extensive tidal mudflats, and a band of reed-lined pools fed by freshwater springs – which together form one of the most important refuges for birdlife in southern Africa. Typically you’ll find about 30 species of birds at Sandwich at any given time.
The Desert tour offers an extraordinary exploration of the coastal dune belt outside Swakopmund.
To the untrained eye, the desert is just lots and lots of sand however, with experienced eyes, there’s lots to see! Stop to look for animal tracks on the dunes and learn about each desert animal and plant including emphasis on special adaptations and perfect design used for survival in the desert.
Snakes, skinks, chameleons, lizards, geckos, rolling spiders, the famous fog-basking tokkie beetle, a variety of beetles and insects as well as scorpions are some of the creatures to be found.
Henitiesbay – the “Free Republic of Wlotzka’s Baken”, some 40 km north of Swakopmund. This self-sustaining settlement of wooden cabins and bungalows on the beach is the haven of many beach anglers. Once past the town of Hentiesbay, the road will lead past expansive salt pans where rock salt is being mined and refined.
Pass the Zeila Shipwreck along the way!
Look for dolphins, seals, pelicans and other marine life on this catamaran cruise from Walvis Bay. As you sail, you will be able to see the shipwreck, lighthouse, oyster platforms and different bird species found in the bay too.As the catamaran moves alongside the oyster platforms, your guide will share more information with you about locally cultivated Walvis Bay oysters. Included in the tour is the tasting of these delicacies.
This enlightening journey takes you through the ancient canyons of the Moon Valley, one of the most fascinating areas of the Namib Desert. Let us take you back millions of years to when these badlands were formed. Learn the intrinsic value of the desert flora to the indigenous people who once roamed Southern Africa. Discover the medicinal and nutritional use of desert adapted flora, and delve into the secrets of the Welwitschia mirabilis.We learn of the Desert adapted of flora and fauna in order to survive under these harsh conditions by unfolding many hidden secrets.
Ride around the dramatic red sand dunes of the Namib Desert during a fantastic quad bike experience. In Walvis Bay, before setting out on the bikes, listen to a safety briefing and then follow a guide on an exhilarating tour around the canyons, valleys and dunes of the enchanting desert plains. Look out for flora and fauna, ancient fossils and members of the Topnaar tribe, a semi-nomadic community who calls the desert home.
This tour is a perfect blend of remarkable history, architecture, culture and natural beauty as you are taken through the streets of Swakopmund and then onto Dune 7 near Walvis Bay to climb the highest dune in the area. This is an ideal shore excursion for those travellers with limited time in Port because this tour explores the main interests in both Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.