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Living Dunes Experience from Swakopmund provided by Charly's Desert Tours

Living Dunes Experience from Swakopmund

Living Dunes Experience from Swakopmund
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About
Explore the desert wildlife of Namibia’s sand dunes and follow alongside desert guides as they track web-footed geckos, snakes, chameleons, scorpions, and toktokkies, also called “fog-basking beetles.” This Swakopmund desert tour includes pickup and drop-off at local hotels, as well as all national park fees, and it gets you access to a restricted area of the dunes that requires special permission.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
See the natural highlights of Swakopmund's coastal dunes
Track Namibia’s hard-to-find desert creatures
Go off-road on a dune drive by 4WD vehicle
Convenient, door-to-door transport from Swakopmund hotels
What to expect
Meet a 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 14755P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
GST (Goods and Services Tax) • National Park fees • Bottled water • Driver/guide • Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off (no pick up at Airbnb's or private homes)
Exclusions
Gratuities
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We do not collect from any Airbnb's. Guests staying at an Airbnb must meet us at our office in the Brauhaus Arcade in Sam Nuyoma Avenue.
Desert explorers adventure centre, Nathaniel Maxuilili, Swakopmund, Namibia We will meet you at the parking area of Desert Explorers. Our vehicles are easy to recognize with the Charly's Desert Tours logo on the doors.
Charly's Desert Tours, Sam Nujoma Ave, Swakopmund, Namibia Our office is located in the Brauhaus Arcade, opposite from Nedbank.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
GST (Goods and Services Tax) • National Park fees • Bottled water • Driver/guide • Professional guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off (no pick up at Airbnb's or private homes)
Exclusions
Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We do not collect from any Airbnb's. Guests staying at an Airbnb must meet us at our office in the Brauhaus Arcade in Sam Nuyoma Avenue.
Desert explorers adventure centre, Nathaniel Maxuilili, Swakopmund, Namibia We will meet you at the parking area of Desert Explorers. Our vehicles are easy to recognize with the Charly's Desert Tours logo on the doors.
Charly's Desert Tours, Sam Nujoma Ave, Swakopmund, Namibia Our office is located in the Brauhaus Arcade, opposite from Nedbank.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Swakopmund
  • You'll end at
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lwainwright19
Washington DC, DC60 contributions
Enjoyable tour but probably wouldn't do it again
Jun 2021 • Couples
My husband and I took the "little five" desert tour with Charly's and had an enjoyable experience, though we only were able to see three of the "little five" (missing were the chameleon and cartwheeling spider). Nonetheless, we found the guide to be very knowledgeable, and the dune scenery was really beautiful. It's a bit of a slow-moving tour, where the the guide parks, gets out and walks around looking for things, and then if he finds something, he comes and summons you to look. But you're welcome to also get out of the vehicle while he's searching for animals to enjoy the scenery and explore a bit. So it's a pretty low-key tour, but still enjoyable nonetheless. My favorite was the side winder adder, which was quite active and hissing at us. And the guide's ability to spot very faint tracks and figure out where an animal was hidden was really impressive. I do wish we'd been able to see more than three of the "little five" but nature is nature and that's not necessarily the guide or company's fault.
Written 11 June 2021
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CharlysSwakopmund
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review, and of course for taking the tour with us. As you rightfully say, "nature is nature" and that is how it should be. Glad you enjoyed the tour.
Written 15 June 2021
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Charlene2587
London, UK427 contributions
Excellent tour and highly recommend
May 2019 • Couples
This was such a lovely way to see the dunes and some of the wildlife that live there.

Our guide was super knowledgeable about the dunes and all that live there as well as the history of Swakopmund and how events have shaped Namibia into the country it is today.

You will drive around looking for the different animals and plants and obviously there is no guarantee of what animals you will see but we saw plenty.

I’m not a big fan of snakes but we found a little tiddler thanks to our guides tracking experience. We also found a bird that ate my seed and but snacks out of our hands.

Such a wonderful way to see the landscape and a really fun morning spent. If you have the opportunity to do this tour then please do. We booked 4 excursions with Charly’s and the process was seamless. When everything is arranged for you it really allows you to relax.
Written 25 April 2020
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Hayley K
4 contributions
DEC 2019
Dec 2019
We attended the living dunes experience recently and was pleasantly surprised hwo informative and enjoyable the experience was. It started off a bit slow but then once everything got going it was really awesome to see how desert animals adapt to their environment and we were explained in detail and shown how they function.
Would have loved to do a night experience if it was offered as well to see all the night critters.

Only issue I would say, is that perhaps children should be over a certain age to attend the tour. As educational as it is for young kids it is also stressful for the guide to have to constantly watch that they kids do listen to certain instructions when the parents fail to watch their kids.

Otherwise would highly recommend this trip.
Written 3 January 2020
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Dewald van Rhyn
1 contribution
Had a great tour guide!
Dec 2019 • Friends
Our tour guide Ilse was very nice, She had a great sence of humour and she will make u laugh guaranteed.
Written 2 January 2020
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Paul A
4 contributions
Top attraction in the desert of Swakopmund
Dec 2019
What a great experience to go into the desert with top guides Ilze and Johnny. Their expertise and their love of nature gave us a glimpse of life in the desert that we could never have discovered ourselves.The way Ilze guided us through the desert and constantly surprised us, made this trip a highlight of our visit to Namibia.
Written 28 December 2019
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cherriesfan_9
Cheltenham, UK6 776 contributions
Enjoyable trundle around the desert dunes.
Dec 2019
Ernest was my guide who showed me around the desert, who explained the interactions within this apparently empty and harsh ecosystem. it was the luck of the draw that we did not see much in the way of wildlife, but such tours are often a matter of chance. But even so,this was an enjoyable trundle around the desert dunes.
Written 15 December 2019
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Denise E
1 contribution
Must do!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We highly recommend this tour. Now we see the dessert in a different way. We learned a lot about the nature and animals. Enjoyed the impressive views. Thanks to the guides for this great experience and great time!
Written 9 October 2019
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Jeremy P
Auckland, New Zealand434 contributions
Stunning Dunes of Swakopmund
Jun 2019
The skilled and knowledgable guide ensured the trip out into the desert was extremely rewarding, both with the creatures located and the stunning views of the towering endless dunes. Lizards, snakes, birds, beetles butterflies and interesting plants provide evidence that even in the harsh desert creatures survive. The area is truly awesome, with beautifully shaped dunes of sculptured sands, and the ocean as the backdrop to the west. A great way to learn about a unique environment in an ancient desert.
Written 21 August 2019
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Per M
Copenhagen, Denmark104 contributions
A lot of talk but little to see
Jul 2019
We went on a living dunes experience with Charlys Desert Tours. The guide was good and talked a lot about politics and wild life. Unfortunately, there was little to see and we spotted only a snake, a chameleon and a lizard. That is not much for a 3 hour drive. We were very disappointed and cannot recommend this experience.
Written 18 August 2019
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Ben
Bonn, Germany12 contributions
Awesome Day
We did the Combo Tour at one day it was an amazing experience. Our guides especially "Ernst" was so well informed and showed and explained us so many things about the animals and nature in the namibian desert. If you want to get in touch with the namibian nature choose them. Thanks for the awesome day. Cheers from the fourth Germans.
Written 15 August 2019
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SimonWB
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Fascinating
The tour took bus deep into the moonscape desert. We were shown all sorts of special plants and amazing landscapes.
Charlene2587
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Absolutely fantastic afternoon
We had such a lovely afternoon on this tour and was really interesting as I had no idea how much produce Namibia gr
LoveToGangAwa
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Life in the Living Desert
This highly recommended informative Desert Tour was a highlight of my October visit to Swakopmund. It was made even
TAMAN1951
TAMAN1951
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Beautiful dunes but
The adventure not what we expected. The good. Beautiful dunes and well informed guides. They did source a numbe
trippppping
trippppping
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Great tour but too many people
We really enjoyed this tour but be prepared to have to compete with a lot of people to see the desert creatures as
LaurensG16
LaurensG16
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Local products from Namibia
We started by visiting 2 farms just outside Swakopmund. Our guide took the time showing us around, explaining and a
Weltenbummlers
Weltenbummlers
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Choose this tour
John was our Living Dunes Experience guide. He was excellent and explained everything clearly. He managed to find
Emre A
Emre A
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Welwitvhia Tour with
We book a sands & rock tour from Charly's Desert tour. It is actually a combination of Living Desert tour and Welwi
Camel-thorn_Pyrenees
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Bites & Brews
We did the Bites & Brews tour. It was a lovely experience, but there is still some room for improvement in the firs
SteFunny_17
SteFunny_17
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An experience to be lived absolutely!
We opted for the little five tour and we saw 4 out of 5. We were a group of 9 people. In fact, you should know that
Per M
Per M
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A lot of talk but little to see
We went on a living dunes experience with Charlys Desert Tours. The guide was good and talked a lot about politics
Graham S
Graham S
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Knowledgeable Guides
Had a morning tour while I was in Swakopmund for a weeks business meeting. Our guide was very informative and enter
pwhitaker
pwhitaker
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A winning combination-- a sunny day AND Ernst as our guide!!
We were lucky enough to avoid Swakopmund's legendary sea fogs and drizzle and had a perfect sunny day to visit the
KimmoommiK
KimmoommiK
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A great experience
I learnt a lot. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Sad I didn’t see all of the little five but still excited with th
231timom
231timom
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Great experience!
We great a great time with our amazing guide Ernst who probably knows EVERYTHING about wildlive and the dessert. We
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