Pelican Brief

This tour is suitable for persons who wish to experience our coastal excursions but do not want to do any dune 4x4 driving. This excursion commences every morning at 08h15 at the Sandwich Harbour 4x4 office at the Waterfront in Walvis Bay.

Alternatively, this tour is also offered in the afternoons, departing at 12h15 and may be combined with a morning dolphin and seal cruise offered by our sister company, Catamaran Charters.

Itinerary

Walvis Bay Lagoon - Pelican Point Peninsula

After a stop at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to see masses of flamingoes and other seabirds, the drive takes us to one of five RAMSAR sites (Ramsar site no. 742) in Namibia. We pass a tidal lagoon consisting of adjacent intertidal areas, which 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 one of the largest salt mines in the world. From here we proceed to the Pelican Point Peninsula, a unique stretch of land dividing untouched beaches of the Atlantic ocean on the one side from the Walvis Bay lagoon on the other, and providing shelter to the best naturally protected harbor on the southwest African coast.

Photo Opportunity and Snack Break

We stop for a photo opportunity at a ship wreck before heading to the point and its old rusted Jetty, about 800 metres from the lighthouse, standing guard over the lagoon. Your guide will provide you with fascinating history and facts of the Pelican Point lighthouse, early marine navigation and the ever-changing peninsula.

During a short stroll in the shallow waters along the beach, your guide will point out a variety of seashells, crabs and other beach inhabitants. We subsequently serve hot coffee and tea with a selection of snacks right on the beach. On a clear sunny day the dunes of the Namib Desert can be observed, while ships and boats on the Lagoon provide a perfect backdrop to create special memories of this unique place. Pelicans and flamingoes often round off the idyllic picture.

Pelican Points Cape fur seal colony

You will be guided to Pelican Points cape fur seal colony, which is home to about 60,000 cape fur seals, a variety of seabird as well as black-backed jackal.

Donkey Bay - Kuiseb River Delta

We will proceed along the beach to donkey bay, a world famous surfing beach frequented by professional surfers during exceptionally high seas. From there we head inland to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may still be seen. The route will take us past the areas 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 hyaena 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. The Nara can live to over a 100 years and is a member of the cucumber family.

Back to Sandwich Harbour 4x4 HQ

Along the way we will stop briefly for a glass of sparkling wine and some tasty Namibian oysters, before arriving back at the Walvis Bay Waterfront at around 12h00 for the morning excursion or at 16h00 for the afternoon excursion.