Namib-Naukluft National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

1. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Sunset Photography Tour

Enjoy an evening trip to capture the beautiful sunset of Sandwich Harbor. Drive along the beach, experience the unique wetland atmosphere, and feast on snacks and drinks after you have taken your pictures. Departing from Walvis Waterfront, sit back and enjoy the journey as you are driven to the Kuiseb River Delta, a dry riverbed where you may spot the odd springbok, oryx, or jackal. Next, if the weather and tide allow, experience a drive to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon along the beach. This is one of Southern Africa’s richest and most unique wetlands and one of five internationally recognized Ramsar sites in Namibia Enjoy plenty of time for photography in the beautiful late afternoon light. Explore your photographic creativity with the sun slowly setting, then bury your feet in the sand and watch the sunset over the ocean. When the sun has set and the light has diminished, feast on a selection of fresh Namibian oysters and snacks with sparkling wine, Namibian beers, and cool drinks. Take in the views from the dunes or the beach, before returning to the waterfront.

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Half-Day 4x4 Scenic Excursion

2. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour Half-Day 4x4 Scenic Excursion

After meeting your guide and before heading to Sandwich Harbour for your half-day experience in the dunes, a stop will be made at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to admire the flamingos and occasionally a great white pelican passing by. Leaving the flamingos behind, head to the salt works where you'll then proceed to the Sandwich Harbour wedging between the sea and dunes if tides allow; if tides forbid, surf the dunes up to the many convenient lookout spots. Then explore the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest and most unique wetlands. Walk around Sandwich Harbour and climb some dunes, and don't forget to some action photos along the way. Finally, enjoy a light picnic lunch with some cold beverages with a natural desert backdrop, then hit the dunes for some more excitement before concluding your adventure to the Kuiseb River Delta, a dry riverbed where you can occasionally see springbok, oryx, or even ostrich.

From Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbor 4x4 Tour

3. From Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbor 4x4 Tour

Explore the Namib Desert with a 4x4 vehicle and experienced guide. Admire the abundant bird life along the way and enjoy the exciting dune driving. Arriving at the Walvis Bay Waterfront, you first meet your guide for the day, then set out on the experience of a lifetime. Making multiple stops along the way, you get to learn about the Walvis Bay Lagoon, famous for its flamingos. Afterwards, you make your way through the Walvis Bay salt pans, where you can spot more bird life, like Pelicans and Caspian terns, as well as the beautiful pink lakes. The real fun starts when you reach the soft beach sand and start heading South to Sandwich Harbour, where you will get to experience the magnificently high ancient dunes and the vast Atlantic Ocean colliding. Stopping on the beach strip or on top of the dunes allows multiple epic photo opportunities and memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy a light lunch, snacks, and sparkling wine with a view of the rolling dune landscapes, before returning to the Walvis Bay Waterfront where your tour will conclude.

Kayaking at Bird Rock

4. Kayaking at Bird Rock

Launch near the historic landmark known as Bird Rock and paddle for about an hour in calm waters sheltered by the bay. Enjoy the wonderful bird life, see seals playing and dolphins swimming. See pelicans, cormorants and flamingos. Paddle for about 1 hour before enjoying some hot beverages on the beach. The brand new Fluid Synergy kayaks can be paddled solo or as a double and can accommodate a small child together with parents for fun for the whole family. Bird Rock is also known as Guano Island. Learn about one man's entrepreneurial drive to build a man-made island to harvest its “white gold.” By about 12:30 PM you’ll be back in Swakopmund to get ready for your afternoon activity.

Walvis Bay: Dolphin Cruise, Pink Lakes and 4x4 Dune Drive

5. Walvis Bay: Dolphin Cruise, Pink Lakes and 4x4 Dune Drive

Experience the beauty of the ocean and the desert in one day by doing the Marine Dune Day. With an early morning start on the waters, followed by an adventure through the sand landscapes of Sandwich Harbour. Start your day with a relaxing boat cruise on a planing catamaran, exploring the Walvis Bay lagoon and protected bay area. With possible whale and dolphin sightings, as well as seals and pelicans joining you on the cruise, you get to experience the wildlife of the Walvis Bay coast. Enjoy various stops along the way at the oyster farms and Pelican Point, whilst enjoying a light brunch, oysters, and sparkling wine. Returning to your meeting point, you get a 5-10 min break to explore the Waterfront, before joining a guide in a 4x4 vehicle for your adventure to Sandwich Harbour. Stopping on the way at the flamingos, Walvis Bay lagoon, and Walvis Bay saltpans (pink lakes), you'll see an abundance of bird life. On the way to Sandwich Harbour, a black backed jackal, brown hyena, ostrich, or oryx sighting is also possible. Entering Sandwich Harbour, you get to admire the magnificent stretch of dune landscapes meeting the endless Atlantic Ocean. Stopping on the highest dunes, you get the opportunity to take epic pictures, or to walk around on the dune tops. Before returning, you get to enjoy sparkling wine and a light lunch with snacks in the dunes. After lunch, you will return to the meeting point, where your tour will conclude.

From Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour world herita site

6. From Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour world herita site

We meet at the Walvis bay lagoon flamingo villas hotel or at the harbor gate when traveling with cruise liner. After meeting your guide at the Walvis Bay Waterfront, admire the mass of flamingoes in the Walvis Bay Lagoon. Your 4x4 tour will head out to a tidal lagoon consisting of adjacent intertidal areas, mudflats, and sandbars that supports thousands of wetland birds. In addition to the many flamingoes, there are 11 species of endangered birds regularly observed at this RAMSAR site. Here you'll also 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 palmetto gecko. Then if weather and tides allow, you'll drive along the beach right to the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, one of Southern Africa’s richest wetlands and the second RAMSAR site for the day. Wedged between the sea and the Namib Dunes,(UNESCO world heatige site ) this is one of Namibia's most important coastal wetlands and supports eight endangered species among the large numbers of wading birds. Finally enjoy a light lunch and drinks atop a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or on the beach. When driving back we might be lucky and find some springbuck Oryx black back jackal and ostrich we will drop you off at the pickup point . This is a unique drive with best possible views and no speeding .

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Trip with Beach BBQ Lunch

7. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Trip with Beach BBQ Lunch

Explore Sandwich Harbour and its ancient dunes with a 4x4 adventure and a stop on the deserted beach of Pelican Point for a delicious lunch. Start or end your day with the magnificent Sandwich Harbour, adventuring through the high dunes and admiring the view of the Atlantic Ocean. Making multiple stops along the way, you have the chance to take an epic picture with the rolling sand landscapes as your backdrop, or even time to sit and fully take in the view. Experience a potential sighting of black backed jackals, brown hyenas, small desert reptiles, or even oryx. Whether you do a morning tour or an afternoon tour, you will get the added Pelican Point experience for lunch on the beach. With a welcoming table of fresh Walvis Bay oysters and sparkling wine to start off lunch, followed by beef fillet, crayfish, salads, and breads for the main lunch, you will enjoy the rest of your day fully satiated after this delicious Namibian lunch. A planing catamaran will either take you to Pelican Point first to start your afternoon with us or bring you back to the Walvis Bay Waterfront to conclude your morning with us. Expect a few local pelicans and seals to join you on board, to give you a taste of the bird and marine life of Walvis Bay.

Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour and Pelican Point 4x4 Tour

8. Walvis Bay: Sandwich Harbour and Pelican Point 4x4 Tour

Explore the beauty of the Namibian desert and the Atlantic Ocean meeting in a full day experience with a 4x4 vehicle and a trained guide. Join your guide in a 4x4 and set out to explore the magnificently high dunes of Sandwich Harbour greeting the endless stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. Making multiple stops along the way at the Walvis Bay lagoon to view the flamingos, or the salt pans (pink lakes) for more bird life. Entering Sandwich Harbour, keep your eye open for possible brown hyena, oryx, or ostrich sightings. You will make stops on top of the highest dune tops for epic photo opportunities or time to simply take in your surroundings. Hold onto your seats as you take exhilarating drives over the ancient rolling dunes. Stop for a quick bite to eat and refreshments, before venturing further through the desert for more exploring. The full day allows you to explore Pelican Point Peninsula as well, with its large seal colonies, black backed hyenas, and abundant bird life. Stopping at Donkey Bay with it's world famous surfing waters, or the Pelican Point Lighthouse and Jetty offers more photo opportunities, before stopping close to the water and swimming seals for another quick snack and light meal. After taking some time to walk around and explore the are on foot, the 4x4 vehicle will take you back to the meeting point where your tour will conclude. (Depending on when the tide is low, you will either start or end your day with Sandwich Harbour.)

Kayak Dune Day

9. Kayak Dune Day

Experience the Atlantic waters and Cape Fur seals up close from your kayak before taking a 4x4 adventure to Sandwich Harbour. Start your morning bright and early with a fast planing catamaran transfer across the protected bay area to Pelican Point Peninsula. On the way, some pelicans and a seal might join you on board and a whale or dolphin sighting can also be possible. The boat will drop you off at Pelican Point Peninsula on the beach, where your kayak gear and guide awaits. After your safety briefing and getting equipped, you will get to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean and curious seals all around your kayak. Keep your eye open, as there might be a whale or dolphin sighting close by, which will add to the magic of the morning. Returning to the kayak set-up, you have time to enjoy a light brunch along with some coffee/tea/hot chocolate, before your 4x4 vehicle picks you up at the kayak set-up. From there, you will venture across Pelican Point and Donkey Bay on your way to the magnificent Sandwich Harbour, where an endless landscape of rolling dunes awaits. The 4x4 vehicle will make multiple stops along the way, with epic photo opportunities on the highest dunes. On a lucky day, you might even see ostriches, oryx, or black backed jackals. Enjoy a light lunch and refreshments in the dunes with a glass of sparkling wine, before returning to the Walvis Bay Waterfront, where your tour will conclude.

Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

10. Walvis Bay Shore Excursion: Flamingos, Dune 7, Swakopmund

You'll be met at your cruise ship in the port of Walvis Bay. After a quick briefing, head over to the lagoon to view all the flamingos. From there, have the chance to climb Dune 7, the highest dune in the vicinity at 132 meters (433 feet) tall. Enjoy a drink of water and then move on to see the Welwitschia Mirabilis plant, an endemic living fossil. Stop to admire the lunar landscape of the Welwitschia Plains before spending lunchtime at Goanikontes Oasis (lunch at your own expense). After lunch, you'll be taken to the old German town of Swakopmund. Explore the town at your own pace and do some shopping. Finally, make your way back to your cruise ship via the coastal road.

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The tour was more than worth it. We were a family of three alone with our guide, who spoke German, explained everything very well, we learned a lot of new things. We stopped at the flamingo lagoon, at the pink salt flats, saw springbok and a coyote that had just bagged a seal. Then to the fantastic landscape of Sandwich Harbour, across the dunes, unique views of the dune sea and the coast. At sunset we enjoyed sparkling wine, oysters and fine snacks. So far our best evening in Namibia!

Marius, our German-speaking guide, was just great! He even dug in the sand several times to find a Gekko. Had a delicious lunch in the middle of the dunes. We also learned a lot about the country and its people. The tour offered a lot: flamingos, red water from the salt, long drive through Sandwich Harbor with great views, gekko and other animals seen, sporty drive through the dunes, viewpoints on the dunes, lunch in the middle of the dunes. Simply everything included

A very interesting and not too strenuous excursion by kayak. The guide was great and was able to share very interesting facts about Bird Rock and Namibia's west coast. If you are lucky you can see dolphins and sometimes even whales further out. My tip, if possible, everyone has their own kayak. Then there will be no quarrels. All in all a successful day.

a great time; crazy landscapes, Marius is a very good guide both for driving in the dunes and for the quality of his explanations. the icing on the cake: the sparkling wine picnic in the dunes with a vegetarian version.

Beautiful excursion aboard a 4x4 inside the Naukluft park between dunes that end up into the ocean. Photo shoot at sunset in a panoramic point with toast. Special thanks to our guide