The day starts with a Marine Sailing Cruise with our sister company Catamaran Charters in the morning at 09h00 (check-in at 08h30 at the Walvis Bay Waterfront). You may get a chance to see flying pelicans, seals, dolphins and – during season –even whales, sunfish and turtles! Around 12h30, your skipper will drop you off at the Walvis Bay Waterfront where your Sandwich Harbour 4x4 guide will meet you for the excursion to Sandwich Harbour in one of our fourwheel drive vehicles.
After a short break at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to see masses of flamingos, the drive initially takes us to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may still be seen. We are the only activity operator allowed to access this area as it forms part of the Kuiseb Delta Concession which was awarded to us in 2019. If weather and tides allow, we will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands and one of five RAMSAR sites (Ramsar site no. 743) in Namibia. Sandwich Harbour boasts two distinct wetlands and associated mudflats. One is aquifer-fed and supports typical emergent vegetation, but is slowly disappearing due to natural causes. The second, under tidal influence, consists of mudflats and raised shingle bars. Wedged between the sea and the Namib.
Dunes, it is one of Namibia's most important coastal wetlands, supporting eight endangered species among the large numbers of wading birds. Several archaeological sites dating back 1,000 years exist within the site. Human activities have included fishing, guano collection, and hunting. The site is used for scientific research, with surrounding areas used for tourism, recreation, and angling. If our vehicles cannot drive all along the beach to get to Sandwich Harbour because of high tide, you will get a chance to see the lagoon area from one of our many beautiful lookout spots and will have the time to walk and explore. We have lots of time to stop along the way for photography.
When it becomes time to enjoy something to eat, your guide simply finds a suitable place to stop and serves a selection of oysters and snacks with sparkling wine, beers and cooldrinks. We usually do this on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or on the beach. The route homewards will take us past the area’s typical fauna and flora. Animals which have developed ways to adapt to the desert include the black-backed jackal, fog-basking beetle, dancing spider (‘white lady of the Namib’), golden mole, shovel-snouted lizard, palmato gecko, springbok, oryx, brown hyena and ostrich.
Endemic to the central Namib Desert, the !Nara plant has adapted well to the desert: Its tap root can reach more than 15m into the ground to reach water resources and they have no leaves to lower loss of water by transpiration. We return to the Walvis Bay Waterfront at around 16h30.
A dolphin cruise around the Walvis Bay Lagoon
Excellent guiding and stunning scenery make this an experience not to be missed
An eventful day trip combining kayaking on the lagoon with a 4x4 trip through the Namib Desert dunes ending in Sandwich Harbour
A cruise on the lagoon followed by a thrilling drive to the natural harbour
Kayaking on the Walvis Bay Lagoon
We offer a magical kayaking experience with Cape Fur Seals on the beautiful lagoon and in the surrounding water of Walvis Bay, Namibia
Out of the 16 near-endemic birds of Namibia the Dune Lark is the only true endemic.
We hoist the sails of our four sailing catamarans whenever possible, switch off the engines and let our guests experience true sailing.
After a short break at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to see masses of flamingos, the drive initially takes us to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may still be seen.
This afternoon tour will provide an insight into the way of life of “Namibia’s forgotten people” – the Topnaar.
The day starts with a kayaking excursion in the calm waters surrounded by Cape Fur Seals at Pelican Point
ver 150,000 migrant birds spend the summer months in Walvis Bay and non-breeding palearctic and intra-African species dominate.
This three-day camping adventure will provide guests the experiences of driving through some of the most spectacular dune areas
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