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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

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Magical

Amazing to see the historic indigenous plant. Just a pity that the funds generated by the permit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DreamKey
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Langebaan, South Africa
Dune rides and Sandwich harbor

We went in Land Rovers on a scenic ride on the beach and the dunes. The drivers took us at low... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
carab998
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Houston, Texas
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“great drive” (4 reviews)
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Swakopmund, Namibia
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"amazing plants"
in 6 reviews
"great drive"
in 4 reviews
"permit office"
in 3 reviews
"desert plants"
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"route map"
in 2 reviews
"takes about hours"
in 2 reviews
"tourist office"
in 2 reviews
"office hours"
in 2 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 3 reviews
"lunar landscape"
in 3 reviews
"dirt road"
in 3 reviews
"swakop river"
in 3 reviews
"an absolute"
in 4 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 6 reviews
"self drive"
in 8 reviews
"desert experience"
in 2 reviews
"three hours"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing to see the historic indigenous plant. Just a pity that the funds generated by the permit cost, is not used to maintain the road.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in Land Rovers on a scenic ride on the beach and the dunes. The drivers took us at low tide, so we were able to make it to Sandwich Harbor.

Thank carab998
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonder of nature that needs to be seen if you are in the area. It is a bit off the beaten track - but the environment itself is memorable.

Thank ExpostaySA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a trip that really needs to be done if you are staying in Swakopmund for any length of time. The moon landscape (the riverbed) is spectacular and very very different from a lot of what you would see otherwise. We became so interested...More

Thank Magriet11
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all must get your permit from NWR office, Bismarck street in Swakopmund and self-drive through the desert: lichen fields, moon landscapes, remains of a 19th century war camp, ostriches and the amazing Welwitschias and other desert adapted plants.Interesting experience.

Thank 15matjan
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

The route through the desert to the Welwitschias is easy to follow and the lichen plants are also worth looking at. One must obtain a permit from the Dept.of Environment and Tourism in advance and that comes with a route map

Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

A longish drive to see these very special plants but worth every minute. So interesting to see how plants adapt and survive in the desert

Thank 770carol
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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

Get your permit from the NWR office, corner of Bismark St (9-5) & self-drive - no need to get a tour as you get a printed guide with the permit. Plants & moon landscape good to see, although the driving route is some distance from...More

1  Thank Alice W
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Even though we have seen the large Welwitchia a couple of times before it still remains a wonderful sight to see. Its ancient leaves take you back centuries ago and you wonder how many other plants on earth reach this age. The drive via the...More

Thank DriveNamibiaCarHire
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

We have done this drive to the Welwitschia, past the Moon landscape many times over many years and always find it enjoyable, especially on a misty day in Swakopmund. The Welwitschia is not exactly a "beautiful" plant, it is more an "interesting" plant, considering how...More

Thank Angela C
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