Guided tour

Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

4.8 / 5

38 reviews

Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

From US$ 118.75 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

Experience

Highlights
  • 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 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. 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.
Includes
  • 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.

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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

    • Morning tours begin at 8:00 AM and return at 12:00 PM
    • Afternoon tours begin at 12:30 PM and return at 16:15 PM
    • 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

    4.8 /5

    based on 38 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Safety
      5/5

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    Great Sandwich Harbour 4X4 Half Day experience!

    We had a morning trip with Len in his Mitsubishi 4x4 van (3L V6). Comfortable and capable. Len was very knowledgeable and was easy to chat to. We headed south through the Salt Works (permission granted to the tour) with an explanation on how it is all produced. Across the marshy area with the long grass and into the lower sand dunes. Stopped at his favourite spot for viewing pink flamingoes. Brilliant colours offset against the blue water of the ponds and the green vegetation surrounding coupled with the sand as a background. Further along we started to climb into the big dunes. Racing up and down for quite a while to reach the viewing spot for Sandwich Harbour. Bubbly, fresh oysters, game snacks and soft drinks all laid out on a table in style for a late morning brunch. It was then up and down over some steep dune edges which was quite exhilarating. Back to Walvis Bay harbour jetty. All up 4 hours. Very well worth it for the variety and general entertainment. Strongly recommend.

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    September 18, 2019

    It was a fantastic five hours that took one into a journey to a place so unique and unspoilt that you could totally forget about everything else. Amazing scenes of saltpans, towering sand dunes, moon landscapes and of course, the icy cold sea. We had a great guide that was knowledgeable, courteous and experienced.

    September 13, 2019

    Great tour, highly recommended. Rudi told us a lot about the country and its people, he knew where the animals are, gave us survival tips for the desert and guided us to breathtaking views. The picnic in the middle of the desert was a blast

    March 7, 2020

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