Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

4.9 / 5

76 reviews

Activity provider: Catamaran Charters

Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

Activity provider: Catamaran Charters

From US$ 109.35 per person

Discover a unique landscape of giant sand dunes that run straight into the ocean. Explore the rolling dunes on a 4x4, and learn about the creatures that live and thrive in this harsh environment.

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Duration 4 hours
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Afrikaans, English, German
Wheelchair accessible


  • Marvel at panoramic views of Sandwich Bay and the Kuiseb Delta
  • Explore the unique landscapes where the hot desert sands meet the cold South Atlantic ocean
  • Look for animals and plants that have adapted to the harsh desert environment
  • Experience an exhilarating 4x4 trip through majestic desert dunes
  • Enjoy a light meal atop a sand dune with amazing views in all directions
Full description

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.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Snacks and drinks including oysters and sparkling wine
  • Needed permits
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Look for the blue building at the jetty on the Walvis Bay Waterfront clearly marked with the logo of Sandwich Harbour 4x4.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Comfortable clothes

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • For excursions to go ahead a minimum of 3 guests are required
    • Tours are not private or exclusive and may include other guests who are not a part of your group.
    • Due to weather conditions and tides, it is not always possible to reach the Sandwich Bay Lagoon along the beach. In these cases, your tour will drive to the top of the dune overlooking Sandwich Bay
    • This tour is suitable for persons with disabilities or mobility concerns
    • The local partner is happy to cater for vegetarians, vegans, gluten sensitivities, or food allergies
    • Please advise when booking if a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary is being celebrated
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 76 reviews

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    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.

    July 15, 2022

    This is a bucket list item if visiting Namibia, not for the faint hearted. The ride along the Atlantic between the dunes and the ocean was amazing. The excellent spread for lunch was yummy. The ride back through the desert up and down the dunes was an adrenalin rush. The guide was very informative, friendly and definitely showed us a good time on the trip.

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    April 11, 2022

    It was a great tour - we were totally excited for hours afterwards :)! Super experienced guide who was not only good at driving (you have to be very good there), but also had a lot to tell. After a first ride there was a very tasty picnic and then we went back into the dunes. Really very impressive nature! So I highly recommend it :)

    February 12, 2022

    Product ID: 227716