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Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Half-Day 4x4 Scenic Excursion

1. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Half-Day 4x4 Scenic Excursion

After meeting your guide and before heading to Sandwich Harbour for your half-day experience in the dunes, a stop will be made at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to admire the flamingos and occasionally a great white pelican passing by. Leaving the flamingos behind, head to the salt works where you'll then proceed to the Sandwich Harbour wedging between the sea and dunes if tides allow; if tides forbid, surf the dunes up to the many convenient lookout spots. Then explore the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and most unique wetlands. Walk around Sandwich Harbour and climb some dunes, and don't forget to some action photos along the way. Finally, enjoy a light picnic lunch with some cold beverages with a natural desert backdrop, then hit the dunes for some more excitement before concluding your adventure to the Kuiseb River Delta, a dry riverbed where you can occasionally see springbok, oryx, or even ostrich.

From Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour World Heritage Site

2. From Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour World Heritage Site

Start your adventure at the Walvis bay lagoon flamingo villas hotel or at the harbor gate when traveling with the cruise liner. Meet your guide at the Walvis Bay Waterfront, and admire the mass of flamingoes in the lagoon. Travel by 4x4 as you 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. 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 Palmetto Gecko. 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 UNESCO world heritage site is one of Namibia's most important coastal wetlands and supports eight endangered species among the large numbers of wading birds. Enjoy a light lunch and drinks atop a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or on the beach. When driving back you might be lucky and find some springbuck Oryx, Black-backed jackal and Ostrich. Finish your day with a drop-off back at your original meeting point.

From Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbor 4x4 Tour

3. From Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbor 4x4 Tour

Explore the Namib Desert with a 4x4 vehicle and experienced guide. Admire the abundant bird life along the way and enjoy the exciting dune driving. Arriving at the Walvis Bay Waterfront, you first meet your guide for the day, then set out on the experience of a lifetime. Making multiple stops along the way, you get to learn about the Walvis Bay Lagoon, famous for its flamingos. Afterwards, you make your way through the Walvis Bay salt pans, where you can spot more bird life, like Pelicans and Caspian terns, as well as the beautiful pink lakes. The real fun starts when you reach the soft beach sand and start heading South to Sandwich Harbour, where you will get to experience the magnificently high ancient dunes and the vast Atlantic Ocean colliding. Stopping on the beach strip or on top of the dunes allows multiple epic photo opportunities and memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy a light lunch, snacks, and sparkling wine with a view of the rolling dune landscapes, before returning to the Walvis Bay Waterfront where your tour will conclude.

Walvis Bay: Dolphin Cruise, Pink Lakes and 4x4 Dune Drive

4. Walvis Bay: Dolphin Cruise, Pink Lakes and 4x4 Dune Drive

Experience the beauty of the ocean and the desert in one day by doing the Marine Dune Day. With an early morning start on the waters, followed by an adventure through the sand landscapes of Sandwich Harbour. Start your day with a relaxing boat cruise on a planing catamaran, exploring the Walvis Bay lagoon and protected bay area. With possible whale and dolphin sightings, as well as seals and pelicans joining you on the cruise, you get to experience the wildlife of the Walvis Bay coast. Enjoy various stops along the way at the oyster farms and Pelican Point, whilst enjoying a light brunch, oysters, and sparkling wine. Returning to your meeting point, you get a 5-10 min break to explore the Waterfront, before joining a guide in a 4x4 vehicle for your adventure to Sandwich Harbour. Stopping on the way at the flamingos, Walvis Bay lagoon, and Walvis Bay saltpans (pink lakes), you'll see an abundance of bird life. On the way to Sandwich Harbour, a black backed jackal, brown hyena, ostrich, or oryx sighting is also possible. Entering Sandwich Harbour, you get to admire the magnificent stretch of dune landscapes meeting the endless Atlantic Ocean. Stopping on the highest dunes, you get the opportunity to take epic pictures, or to walk around on the dune tops. Before returning, you get to enjoy sparkling wine and a light lunch with snacks in the dunes. After lunch, you will return to the meeting point, where your tour will conclude.

Kayaking at Bird Rock

5. Kayaking at Bird Rock

Launch near the historic landmark known as Bird Rock and paddle for about an hour in calm waters sheltered by the bay. Enjoy the wonderful bird life, see seals playing and dolphins swimming. See pelicans, cormorants and flamingos. Paddle for about 1 hour before enjoying some hot beverages on the beach. The brand new Fluid Synergy kayaks can be paddled solo or as a double and can accommodate a small child together with parents for fun for the whole family. Bird Rock is also known as Guano Island. Learn about one man's entrepreneurial drive to build a man-made island to harvest its “white gold.” By about 12:30 PM you’ll be back in Swakopmund to get ready for your afternoon activity.

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour and Pelican Point 4x4 Tour

6. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour and Pelican Point 4x4 Tour

Explore the beauty of the Namibian desert and the Atlantic Ocean meeting in a full day experience with a 4x4 vehicle and a trained guide. Join your guide in a 4x4 and set out to explore the magnificently high dunes of Sandwich Harbour greeting the endless stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. Making multiple stops along the way at the Walvis Bay lagoon to view the flamingos, or the salt pans (pink lakes) for more bird life. Entering Sandwich Harbour, keep your eye open for possible brown hyena, oryx, or ostrich sightings. You will make stops on top of the highest dune tops for epic photo opportunities or time to simply take in your surroundings. Hold onto your seats as you take exhilarating drives over the ancient rolling dunes. Stop for a quick bite to eat and refreshments, before venturing further through the desert for more exploring. The full day allows you to explore Pelican Point Peninsula as well, with its large seal colonies, black backed hyenas, and abundant bird life. Stopping at Donkey Bay with it's world famous surfing waters, or the Pelican Point Lighthouse and Jetty offers more photo opportunities, before stopping close to the water and swimming seals for another quick snack and light meal. After taking some time to walk around and explore the are on foot, the 4x4 vehicle will take you back to the meeting point where your tour will conclude. (Depending on when the tide is low, you will either start or end your day with Sandwich Harbour.)

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Trip with Beach BBQ Lunch

7. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Trip with Beach BBQ Lunch

Explore Sandwich Harbour and its ancient dunes with a 4x4 adventure and a stop on the deserted beach of Pelican Point for a delicious lunch. Start or end your day with the magnificent Sandwich Harbour, adventuring through the high dunes and admiring the view of the Atlantic Ocean. Making multiple stops along the way, you have the chance to take an epic picture with the rolling sand landscapes as your backdrop, or even time to sit and fully take in the view. Experience a potential sighting of black backed jackals, brown hyenas, small desert reptiles, or even oryx. Whether you do a morning tour or an afternoon tour, you will get the added Pelican Point experience for lunch on the beach. With a welcoming table of fresh Walvis Bay oysters and sparkling wine to start off lunch, followed by beef fillet, crayfish, salads, and breads for the main lunch, you will enjoy the rest of your day fully satiated after this delicious Namibian lunch. A planing catamaran will either take you to Pelican Point first to start your afternoon with us or bring you back to the Walvis Bay Waterfront to conclude your morning with us. Expect a few local pelicans and seals to join you on board, to give you a taste of the bird and marine life of Walvis Bay.

Windhoek - Windhoek: Dunes & Wildlife Safari

8. Windhoek - Windhoek: Dunes & Wildlife Safari

This fully accommodated and very comfortable safari might be short only be a short but it is action packed and stuffed full of many of Namibia’s Best of the Best. Game viewing in the world renowned Etosha National Park, Beautiful Damaraland and local tribes people. Namibia’s highest mountain – The Brandberg and the forbidding Skeleton Coast with a shipwreck to see and photograph. We spend time in the historic coastal town of Swakopmund, sampling the delights of the excellent restaurants and having the chance to take part in wild activities in and around the coastal area. The world’s highest sand dunes in the world’s oldest desert await and welcome us, cheetah, close up and personal and a scenic drive up over the Khomas Hochland and central plateau brings us back to Windhoek at the journeys end of one of our most popular safaris.

Kayak Dune Day

9. Kayak Dune Day

Experience the Atlantic waters and Cape Fur seals up close from your kayak before taking a 4x4 adventure to Sandwich Harbour. Start your morning bright and early with a fast planing catamaran transfer across the protected bay area to Pelican Point Peninsula. On the way, some pelicans and a seal might join you on board and a whale or dolphin sighting can also be possible. The boat will drop you off at Pelican Point Peninsula on the beach, where your kayak gear and guide awaits. After your safety briefing and getting equipped, you will get to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean and curious seals all around your kayak. Keep your eye open, as there might be a whale or dolphin sighting close by, which will add to the magic of the morning. Returning to the kayak set-up, you have time to enjoy a light brunch along with some coffee/tea/hot chocolate, before your 4x4 vehicle picks you up at the kayak set-up. From there, you will venture across Pelican Point and Donkey Bay on your way to the magnificent Sandwich Harbour, where an endless landscape of rolling dunes awaits. The 4x4 vehicle will make multiple stops along the way, with epic photo opportunities on the highest dunes. On a lucky day, you might even see ostriches, oryx, or black backed jackals. Enjoy a light lunch and refreshments in the dunes with a glass of sparkling wine, before returning to the Walvis Bay Waterfront, where your tour will conclude.

Sossusvlei & Swakopmund Tour: 5 Days

10. Sossusvlei & Swakopmund Tour: 5 Days

Discover Sossusvlei, it is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia. Located in the Namib Naukluft park, the largest conservation area in Africa and fourth largest in the world - the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are just one excellent reason to visit Namibia. The dunes reach as high as 325m - 400m and are part of one of the oldest and driest ecosystems on earth. However, the landscape here is constantly changing – wind forever alters the shape of the dunes, while colours shift with the changing light, reaching the peak of their brilliance just after sunrise. Sossusvlei provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light. Energetic enough...! climb the famous Dune 45, Big Daddy dune and enjoy a sunrise walk into Sossusvlei and Deadvlei.

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What people are saying about Namib-Naukluft National Park

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5.0 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Hans gave us the best day we could have wished for..from flamingos, salt pans, amazing dune exploration, native flora and fauna. Snacking on a high dune overlooking the Atlantic gave us a break in the action and allowed the magnificence of the experience to sink in. An unmissable experience for a lifetime memory. Thank you!

A fascinating glimse of the coast and the dunes, made all the more interesting by the knowledge of our driver Herman, finding hidden wildlife, plants and minerals. The chance to sand board, have a beer and some food on top of the dunes with stunning views all around, thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting.

Charles was a super good guide and nice man and took plenty of time for everything! Lunch on the beach was also a nice addition! All in all a great experience.

The tour with Hermann was fantastic. He showed us the diversity of Walvis Bay and made the tour very lively and humorous.

Excellent trip. Great driver with good knowledge of the dunes and the wildlife! Really enjoyed it!