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    This half day tour takes place along the eastern part of the major dune belt which lies between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Here the ecology of the dunes is concentrated on explaining the evolutionary aspects and the uniqueness of these adaptations. The theory part is dealt with in an informal way and the various desert adapted creatures are then searched for and the various interesting adaptations are pointed out to you. The main animals looked for are the Namib Sand diving Lizard, Web-footed Gecko, Namaqua Chameleon, Peringuey’s Adder(Sidewinder), Namib Sand Snake, Namib thick-tailed Scorpion, the fog basking Tenebrionid Beetle and several other insects only found along the dune belt. From the dunes we walk through a place known as ‘The Horse Graveyard'. Here, the mass slaughter of South African military horses marked the turning point of Namibia's (then South West Africa) involvement in the First World War. This area, holding some 1,600 carcasses, signifies the key role that Swakopmund and Walvis Bay played in the development of Namibia.

     A brief description of the minerals found in the dunes is also explained as well as the formation of the dunes and the importance of the coastal fog to all the living organisms and vegetation found along the dunes. The only birds that may be encountered here depending on rainfall are Tractrac Chat, Red-capped Larks, Gray’s Lark, Stark’s Lark, Burchell’s Courser, Ludwig’s Bustard, Rock Kestrel and Rufous-eared Warbler.

    Excellent photographic opportunities.
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    Reviewed 17 May 2019

    My husband and I took their Living Desert tour while in Swakapmund and were not disappointed. The guides were very knowledgeable with the desert species in the local area. We saw Desert Chamelians, Adders, several species of lizards as well as the flora. It was...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank nlbailey
    Reviewed 21 April 2019 via mobile

    I cannot even begin to write how amazing this tour was for myself and my 7 year old daughter. No guarantees of wildlife they say but our amazing guides saw tiny footprints, slither lines, tracks and found us a chameleon, two snakes, a skink, and...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank Tamara S
    Reviewed 12 February 2019

    This company does a Great desert tour, one of the best, so don't be fooled by the name. Dwaine and Colin are great and really informative with a great enthusiasm and respect for the desert and environment

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Susan S
    Batis Birding S, Public Relations Manager at Batis Birding Safaris and Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2019

    Dear Susan We are glad you enjoyed the day out with us and appreciate the positive feedback. Kind regards The Batis team

    Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

    We went on a morning dune tour. Booking was easy and we were picked up on a time. Our group was only 6 people which was a great size. Our guide Colin was amazing - it’s incredible how he could find animals in the desert...More

    Thank caitmaisnaiker
    Batis Birding S, Public Relations Manager at Batis Birding Safaris and Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2019

    Dear Caitmaisnaiker Thank you for the lovely review and positive feedback. We are glad you had a wonderful outing with us. Kind regards The Batis team

    Reviewed 9 December 2018

    First time in Namibia despite having lived in South Africa for 17 years. We were picked up from our AirBnB by Buz, a really enthusiastic and knowledgeable South African with wide experience. Fantastic to see some of the limited life living in the desert and...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank 684NigelW
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    • Batis Birding Safaris and Day Tours
    • Duration: 5h 30m
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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