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Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

Begin your dolphin and whale spotting expedition by checking in at Walvis Bay Waterfront at 8:30 am. Depart from the Jetty between 8:45 - 9 am. From there you’ll begin your search for Namibia’s marine Big 5. Sip a hot coffee or tea as you approach Pelican Point. Admire its landmark lighthouse and see the 60,000 cape fur seals who live there. If visiting in-season ( from July to November), you'll be able to spot large sea mammals including the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whale. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see a gray whale or a pygmy right whale. Observe different species of dolphins including bottlenose, Heaviside's, and dusky dolphins. Keep a lookout for mola molas and leatherback turtles. As you make your expedition, you’ll encounter a variety of seabirds including kelp gulls, Hartlaub’s gulls, and cape cormorant. On the return journey, cruise past ships and oilrigs docked in the bay. As you make your way back, enjoy fresh oysters, sparkling wine, savory snacks, and desserts alongside light drinks and water. You’ll return to the waterfront at 12:30 pm. 

Swakopmund: Quad Biking in the Oldest Desert in the World

Swakopmund: Quad Biking in the Oldest Desert in the World

Experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia's boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt.  Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. As the towering dunes approach, you’ll weave your way through the smaller dunes towards the Amphitheater. Power up and blast your way to the top of the first big dune via the Roller Coasters to the top of Big Billy. Stop for a drink and get the opportunity to capture the stark and savage beauty of the Namib Desert. After riding down Devil’s Dip, ride the berms, spirals and slopes as you cruise towards the Table Top, a great dune that offers a spectacular view of the sea. After the ride you will be led back to where everything started where you can relax and enjoy a drink at the pub.

Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

Walvis Bay: 4x4 Desert Excursion to Sandwich Harbour Bay

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. Next, your tour proceeds to the Kuiseb river delta, a dry riverbed where springboks are sometimes seen. 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 palmato 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, 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 including a selection of oysters and snacks, salad, bread, fresh fruit, and drinks atop a high dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or on the beach.

Namibia Self-Driving Audio Guide (in English & German)

Namibia Self-Driving Audio Guide (in English & German)

After booking you receive a separate Email from us with the instructions on how to install the app and the guide! You can ignore the "Ticket" Email from Get Your Guide. Please also check your spam-folder for our Email and please get in touch with us if something does not work! Discover the beauty of Namibia on a self-guided and driving tour. Explore Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Swakopmund, Fish River Canyon and so much more natural and cultural highlights along the way with this audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. Beside the highlights and unknown treasures along the way, this guide contains background information about nature, wildlife, history and culture of Namibia. This audio-guide is full of information and interesting facts for all parts of Namibia - from the Kaokoland in the North until the Fish River Canyon in the South. With 225 audio-files and around 10 hours of content, this guide will be your personal tour guide to give you all the information you need along the way at your self-driving journey.

From Swakopmund: Living Dunes Experience

From Swakopmund: Living Dunes Experience

Discover how the ancient Namib is home to more endemic species than any other desert in the world. This living desert tour is an extraordinary exploration of the coastal dune belt just outside Swakopmund. To the untrained eye, the dunes are just a pile of sand, however, your skilled and experienced guides will introduce you to a wealth of life. Track Palmato Geckos, sand-diving lizards, the famous fog-basking tok-tokkie beetle, sidewinder snakes, spiders, scorpions, and chameleons. This 3-hour exploration will be rounded out with a short dune drive. Meet your driver at your hotel in Swakopmund and then travel into the coastal dune belt that’s just beyond the city limits. Spot some of the natural highlights of the desert landscape as you drive into the dunes, but many of the desert’s most fascinating sights require a trained eye and a firsthand look. Learn about the fascinating animals that thrive in Namibia's arid landscape; search for creatures that crawl, slither, and hop across the sand; and find out how to identify the subtle tracks they leave. Following the wildlife portion of this Swakopmund dunes tour, pick up some speed on a dunes drive, and finish with return transfer to your hotel.

Swakopmund: Quad Biking Explorer Tour

Swakopmund: Quad Biking Explorer Tour

See the creatures of the desert on a quad bike tour. Led by an expert guide and trekker, head into the Namib Desert to spot the "Little Five." Find the Namaqua Chameleon, Shovel Snouted Lizard, Web Footed Gecko, Sidewinder Puff Adder and the Wheel Spider. After the engines are revved up and ready to roll, an experienced guide will lead you through the Swakopmund River mouth into the dune belt. Feel the freedom of riding through one of nature's great wildernesses. Your guide will educate you on all the living creatures in the desert and how they manage to survive such harsh environments. Be amazed at how these creatures adapt to the conditions and the tricks they use to keep themselves fed and watered.

From Swakopmund: Tandem Sky Diving

From Swakopmund: Tandem Sky Diving

After pickup from your hotel in Swakopmund, arrive at the skydiving club and receive a short briefing from your tandem master. Get kitted out in your harness and watch as other participants make the leap. Once your name is called, get into the plane with your instructor and enjoy a scenic 15-minute flight. See the unique Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Namib Desert Dunes - the world's oldest desert. Summon all your courage to leap out of the plan attached by a harness to your qualified instructor. Experience the rush of a 40-second free fall, then float through the air for a few minutes after the parachute is deployed. Take in all the incredible views suspended from your parachute for approximately 7 minutes until finally, the instructor lands you safely on Mother Earth. Once you hit the ground, you’ll want to do it all over again. Choose to take the skydive with a 35, 45, or 60-second freefall at increasing altitudes to really understand the thrill of this extreme sport.

Swakopmund: Scenic Desert Bike Tour

Swakopmund: Scenic Desert Bike Tour

This is a unique must-do Swakopmund experience. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the oldest desert in the world in a fully ecological way without noise or air pollution and even ride up along the top of Namibia’s famous dunes from which you will enjoy once in a lifetime views of the desert, sea, and Swakopmund. This tour is for both the scenic appreciator and adrenaline seeking adventurist. When arriving at the office, you will be kitted with a bike to your size, a helmet and a bottle of water that fits onto the water holder on your bike. Receive a short safety and instructional briefing before a description of the tour then head off to enjoy your adventure.  The scenic desert tour is around 12-14km long and includes cycling from Swakopmund town center, along the dry Swakop river bed and up and down stunning dunes.

Swakopmund: Mondesa Township Day Tour Experience

Swakopmund: Mondesa Township Day Tour Experience

The cultural township tour is all about the people. To truly experience the warmth, friendliness, and humanity of the township residents of Mondesa, you have to walk its streets. Hear the children play, smell the sidewalk barbecues, taste locally brewed beer, learn to say “Uharapo”. Explore different cultures and meet local people in the community of Mondesa with your local, personal tour guide. Get to know Namibia better, learn about the different tribes in Namibia from Ovambo, Damara, Herero, and the Ovahimba people. Nande is a local tour guide from the township of Mondesa in Swakopmund, where he grew up. He started his career as a tour guide 15 years ago while still in school. He will enable you to explore the township through his tour experience. You will get a unique chance to visit homes, try the local traditional food at a family home, and get a glimpse of daily life in the township. Kindly note that the tour includes, pickup and drop-off in and around Swakopmund, and the tour caters to all persons both young and old. It is always a fun and informative tour given by a professional guide. 

Walvis Bay: Mondesa Township Tour

Walvis Bay: Mondesa Township Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Walvis Bay and a meet and greet with your local guide who knows this part of Namibia, and its people, like the back of his hand. Listen to stories about the history of the land as you travel through untamed wilderness on your way to the township of Mondesa, where your guide was raised. Upon arrival at the township, receive a warm welcome from the locals and immediately feel immersed in the vibrant Mondesa way of life. As you explore the streets, listen to the sound of children playing, smell the scents of sidewalk barbecues, taste locally brewed beer, and try local delicacies such as mopane worms. Visit the local school and the arts and crafts center, then wander amongst the hustle and bustle of the open market before learning about the click language of the Damara tribe. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide share fascinating information about the history, culture, and traditions of Mondesa which provide a unique insight into the local community. Later, head to a home-style family kitchen and learn how to cook a variety of local dishes. With your group, prepare traditional meals using seasonal ingredients then sit down and eat together as a family whilst soaking up the Mondesa hospitality. At the end of an unforgettable cultural experience, watch a farewell performance by the town's choir then relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

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4.8
(18 reviews)

This was one of the best excursions I have ever engaged in. Everything was very fun and interesting and exciting! We made some pelican and seal friends and saw seals, dolphins, and even a whale! It was truly fascinating!

Great activity. The guide Hanjo was terrific!! very patient, very encouraging and full of knowledge about the dunes, the region, and the ecosystem in the area! I highly recommend it!!

It was a perfect day and we enjoyed every minute of this tour! The highlights were definitely the Pelican, Seals, Dolphins and very yummy oysters!

Great experience! We did the quad biking and sand boarding combo for 3 hours and loved it

Mono was a great tour guide and we had so much fun on our 1,5 Quad-Ride!