• Sandwich Harbour 4x4
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Full Day Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Excursion

Sandwich Harbour, part of the Namib Naukluft Park, it's a place many have heard of but very few have ever visited. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breathtaking 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 flamingoes, we proceed to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where the odd springbok may be seen.  Beautiful dunes have to be crossed to get to Sandwich Harbour.  If weather and tides allow, we will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands.  Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, potable water seeping from the underground aquifer sustains the freshwater vegetation at the base of the dunes.  If our vehicles cannot drive all along the beach to get to Sandwich Harbour because of the tides, 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 serve a light lunch including a selection of snacks, salad, bread, and fresh fruit with sparkling wine, oysters and drinks.  We usually do this on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, 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, 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.  We should be back at the Walvis Bay Waterfront at around 16h15.

Itinerary

Waterfront in Walvis Bay - Walvis Bay Lagoon

Meet at the Sandwich Harbour 4x4 office.

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 flamingoes, the drive takes us to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where we look for smaller creatures inhabiting the dunes, such as the Palmato gecko and the Sidewinder snake. 

Sandwich Harbour Lagoon

If weather and tides allow, we will drive right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and unique wetlands. Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes, potable water seeping from the underground aquifer sustains the freshwater vegetation at the base of the dunes.

If our vehicles cannot drive all along the beach to get to Sandwich Harbour because of the tides, 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.

Lunch - overlooking the Atlantic ocean or spectacular dunes

When the time comes to enjoy something to eat, your guide simply finds a suitable place to stop and serve a light lunch including a selection of snacks, salad, bread, and fresh fruit with sparkling wine, oysters and drinks.

We usually do this on top of a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or on the beach. A folding table, chairs and a tablecloth come out, and we are ready to serve.

Exhilarating drive over majestic dunes

The onward route over majestic dunes 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 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.