Private Half Day Coast Tour of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund City
This Day Tour one of the private tours on the coast & inland. Our tours are very photographer friendly, and have a very relaxed pace. The tours are also custom made just for you, we can stay longer at places you like, or skip over places you don't want to see, even slight detours are not out of place.Explorer Tours is NTB registered and we do have passanger liability, so you can rest assured that you are safe and in the best hands.The views on this tour is simply spectacular! The mix of scenery is quite balanced, and is a typical desert trip. From the sand dunes at the dune belt, to gravel plains, a beautiful oasis and of course the raw rock of the canyon. Your guide will tell you a little bit more about all the areas that you are going through, our tours are 4 hours long and you can customize the tour.Itinerary
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Walvis Bay, Walvis Bay, Erongo Region
Walvis Bay is a port town on the coast of Namibia. Sheltered by the Pelican Point sand spit, its tidal lagoon is home to abundant birdlife including flamingos, pelicans and Damara terns. The harbor is busy with fishing boats and ships. Dolphins, whales and Cape fur seals inhabit the Atlantic waters around the Pelican Point Lighthouse. East of the bay, coastal sand dunes like Dune 7 mark the start of the Namib Desert.
Duration: 30 minutesStop At:
Welwitschia Plant, Namibia
Namibia is not only home to impressive wildlife, but also to the most extraordinary plants. The Welwitschia Drive is dedicated to two of them! Which two- The Welwitscha Mirabilis after which the tour is named and the colourful lichen plant, both very vulnerable and rare! The drive is close to Swakopmund and is one of the best trips to make from this coastal town. Plan half a day for this trip, read all about the special flora and be prepared for beautiful nature!The Welwitschia Mirabilis is probably the best known plant from Namibia and the star of this Drive. It is nice to read in advance about this special plant, if only to understand why you have to be so careful around it. It is a tough, but also very fragile plant: it can survive in harsh desert conditions and can grow up to 1,000 years old! This is so unique that this plant is named ‘mirabilis’. But the plant is also very vulnerable, as it depends on an extensive root system just below the ground. It is unclear how the plant absorbs water, but the leaves probably play a role in this. The plant is mainly found in the coastal areas, where it can be foggy. The condensation is caught by the leaves and then drips on the ground right into the fragile root system. For that reason you see many stone circle around the Welwitschias to indicate that you should not walk there.
The root system is not the only reason to be careful with this unique plant. The Welwitschia is also quite rare. It takes decades for the plant to grow and it does not often produce young plants. The seeds of the Welwitschia germinate only under the perfect conditions with a lot of rain, so only once every few years or even decades.
How do we recognize the Welwitschia- That is not difficult at all. The plant has a particular appearance with long leaves. Or, well, leaves- In fact, there are only two of them, but throughout the decades the leaves tear in several strips. At the colourful center you can distinguish the males from the females. Females have some kind of pine cones, but males have narrower and smaller ‘pestles’. These female pinecones might explain why the plant may possibly be classified with the conifers. Another suggestion is that it is a succulent plant. That similarity is easier to make by the looks of the plant.
Duration: 30 minutesStop At:
Swakopmund, Swakopmund, Erongo Region
Swakopmund is a German settlement on the coast of Namibia from the 1900's, just before the first world war. Situated 30km north of Walvis Bay in the mouth of the Swakop river. Light-heartedly referred to as "Little Germany" by many travelers, the building style in the old part of town is destinctly German.
On your private tour you will see the majestic dune belt, and with a short visit to Dune 7 you can touch and see the sand up close.
Once in Swakopmund, there is no set route or tour, as you have a wide variety of things to do. On every tour agenda is the Railway platform that has been restored into a high end hotel now. From there there are many options, like the Steam Tractor "Martin Luther", the Swakopmund museum at the lighthouse, or the Krystall Gellerie, home of the largest quartz crystal.
There are also many old buildings to view, but if this is not your kind of thing, and you prefer to walk in between the small streets to shop and explore, this will be accommodated. If you want to sit in a coffee shop and rest for a while, this too, will be done. Just tell your guide what you have in mind for Swakopmund, and it will be done.
Please remember that if you want to buy any curios in Swakopmund that you will need a copy of your passport.
You will have some free shopping time and a city tour
Duration: 2 hours
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Service animals allowed"
"Near public transportation"
"Infant seats available"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
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Duração: 4 Hours
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Traveler pickup is offered
We pick you up from the harbor in walvisbay Ports
Cancelamentos e reembolsos:
- Walvis Bay Port, 2FWR+CFH, Unnamed Road, Walvis Bay, Namibia
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.