Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Excursion

Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breath taking sceneries and unique landscapes, just waiting to be discovered!

Our tour starts every morning at 10h00 at the Sandwich Harbour 4x4 office at the Waterfront in Walvis Bay. After a short break at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to see masses of flamingos, the drive takes us to one of five RAMSAR sites (Ramsar site no. 742) in Namibia: A tidal lagoon consisting of adjacent intertidal areas, mudflats exposed at low tide, and sandbars serving as roosting sites. The site supports varying numbers of wetland birds (37,000 to 79,000 individuals); some species such as flamingos occur in impressive numbers. Eleven endangered bird species are regularly observed. Human activities consist of recreation and salt production.

From here we proceed to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may still be seen. As this is part of our Kuiseb Delta Concession area, we are the only activity operator allowed in this area.

Here we especially 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.

If weather and tides allow, we will drive along the beach right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands and the second RAMSAR site (Ramsar site no. 743) for the day. 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.

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 light lunch including a selection of oysters and snacks, salad, bread, and fresh fruit with sparkling wine, beers and cooldrinks. We usually do this on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, in between the dunes or on the beach. A folding table, chairs and a tablecloth come out, and we are ready to serve!

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, springbok, oryx, brown hyena and ostrich.

We will be back at the Walvis Bay Waterfront at around 16h30.

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