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Red-eye sardine


Introduction: Red-eye sardines (Etrumeus teres) are almost cylindrical in shape with elongated bodies and smooth round bellies. They have a single, spineless dorsal fin. Although they are usually confined to coastal waters to depths of up to 150m, they are an abundant, pelagic species. Huge shoals congregate with pilchards (Sardinops ocellatus). Etrumeus means 'round belly' teres 'of the land'. Red-eye is derived from the changing appearance once captured.

Distribution: Orange River mouth, Luderitz, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Diet: Cocopods, crab larvae, shrimps and krill.

Colouration: Blue-green upperparts with silvery flanks.

Breeding: Spawning is during spring. Large amounts of eggs are produced.

Max size: 25cm.

Ballooning in Swakopmund

A hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert

Bird Watching Day Trips

Full & half day trips from Swakopmund to various birding hotspots in the Namib Desert

Cape Cross Tour

A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross

Cape Cross & Messum Crater Tour

Visits the seal colony at Cape Cross and the Messum Crater which is best known for it's desert adapted plants such as the Welwitschia Mirabilis


Everything from sharks to pilchards

Living Desert Tour

A half day tour into the Namib Desert

Namib Desert Day Trip

A day trip from Swakopmund into the Namib Desert

Namib Desert Night Walks

Explore the Namib Desert at night on foot - a great way to learn about the nocturnal creatures which inhabit this part of Namibia.

Quad Biking

2 hour guided trip into the dune belt near Swakopmund (50km) - you enter an area where you cannot get to by car or foot. No experience necessary...


Skitter down the slip faces of a tall star dune near Swakopmund at 80km/h on a lie-down board, or enjoy the style and grace of a stand-up board. No experience necessary.

Sandwich Harbour Tour

A day trip from Swakopmund down the Skeleton Coast to Sandwich Harbour


Leave the safety of the aircraft and join a tandem skydive. No experience required!

Spitzkoppe Day Tour

Full day tour to the Spitzkoppe Mountains - you will meet the Damara people and be introduced to the Bushman rock art of the area.

Swakopmund Sightseeing

This tour is an exploration into the past, present & future of the town of Swakopmund

Namibia Safari