Full Day Atlantic Sailing and Namib Desert Dunedriving Adventure
The Marine Desert Adventure gives you the ultimate combination of viewing our marine life on a leisure cruise on one of our luxury sailing catamarans on the Atlantic Ocean and exploring our fauna and flora with a ride in the breathtaking Sandwich Harbour Desert Area of the Namib Naukluft Park.
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What's included :
- Bottled water
- Glass of Champagne
- Light refreshments
- Coffee and/or Tea
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Entry/Admission - Catamaran Charters
What's excluded :
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Catamaran Charters, Waterfront Walvis Bay, Atlantic Street Atlantic Street, Walvis Bay 9000 Namibia
The Marine Desert Adventure is the ideal excursion for guests who want to combine the best the sea and land has to offer. Starting with a leisure cruise on the Atlantic Ocean looking for the Marine Big Five, the tour ends with a thrilling drive through the most spectacular dune landscape filled with unique desert adapted fauna and flora.
Our adventure starts at 09h00 (guests check-in at 08h30) with a marine educational cruise in search of Namibia’s Marine Big 5: whales, dolphins, mola, leatherback turtles and seals. We depart from our head office at the Walvis Bay Waterfront heading for the oyster farms located in the Walvis Bay Aquaculture Production Area 1. Guests settle in while we serve coffee and tea and set course for Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse and its resident colony of 60,000 Cape Fur Seals.
Between the months of July to November larger mammals such as the Southern Right Whale and Humpback Whales migrate into the larger bay area and guest have a good chance of observing these majestic animals. Although less common, sightings of gray whales and pygmy right whales have been reported.
The waters around Walvis Bay is home to three different types of dolphins. Of these the common bottlenose dolphin is most common. Heaviside’s dolphins are much smaller but very social dolphins all along the Namibian coast. They are very fast swimmers and very active, social animals that often occur in groups of 10 or sometimes more. Watching these dolphins jump and cartwheel is a spectacle that brings pure joy. The dusky dolphin is another of the species with superior aerial skills and guests are often entertained by their skillful aerial performances.
Sunfish, or mola as they are also known, are easily one of the oddest-looking fish anyone could lay eyes on. This bony fish that resembles a fish head with a tail can grow very large and weigh up to 1,000 kilograms. It’s peculiar looks and sheer size makes the mola one of our most popular sightings.
The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all living turtles and is characterized by the absence of body shell. Instead its carapace is covered by skin and flesh. Leatherback sea turtles are known for the long distances they cover to get to their breeding grounds and trips of 1,000 or more kilometers are not uncommon.
All throughout our cruise, guest will have the opportunity to see a variety of sea birds as our catamarans attract a variety of gulls, pelicans, skua and Cape cormorant.
En route back from Pelican Point we serve a first-class lunch consisting of our famous local oysters served with sparkling wine, a wide variety of cold meats and other savoury snacks and pastries. Beverages include local beer and soft drinks.
The cruise ends at the Waterfront at about 12h30, where your Sandwich Harbour 4x4 guide will meet guest for the next leg of their adventure, the afternoon excursion to Sandwich Harbour.
Our first stop long the way to the Sandwich Harbour Area the Walvis Bay lagoon, one of five RAMSAR sites located in Namibia. The lagoon forms part of the larger Walvis bay wetland area that is home to thousands of migratory birds. Guests will have the opportunity to observe large number of Greater and Lesser Flamingoes during out brief stop here.
From here our journey takes us to the Walvis Bay salt pans where 50 million tons of seawater is processed to produce 700 000 tons of high-quality salt. These pans form part of the larger Walvis Bay wetland area and measures 4,500 hectares. Moving past the salt processing facility, we pass through the Kuiseb River Delta in the direction of Sandwich Harbour. If the tide is low enough, we’ll approach the lagoon driving along the beach. In the event of the tide being too high, we will approach our destination by means of a route over and through the dunes. This exciting dune ride will bring guests to a lookout point on top of one of the high dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. From here guests will have an unobstructed view of the entire Sandwich Harbour Lagoon. Once a trading port, the Lagoon is currently a protected area and another of Namibia’s five RAMSAR sites.
A special sit-down lunch is served often on a dune overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We do our best to include wide variety of snacks, salads, fresh fruits and breads. The much sought-after Walvis Bay oysters served with chilled sparkling wine is a highlight. We also offer local beers and some soft drinks. Here you can eat to your heart’s content whilst observing one of the most spectacular landscapes Namibia has to offer. Lunch does not get better.
The route back is equally spectacular, and we may see more of the area’s fauna and flora. The shapes, colors and textures of the Namib dunescapes make it a most unique and beautiful landscapes that should not be missed by anyone looking for that special holiday photo. Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome and there is ample time to stop and take photographs. This area is one of the most scenic places on earth to photograph, so make sure to bring your camera and favourite wide-angle lens.
The route homeward will take us past the area’s typical fauna and flora, including the iconic !Nara plant. Guest may get sightings of some of the area’s desert adapted animals such as the black-backed jackal, springbok, oryx, brown hyena and ostrich.
The excursion ends at the Walvis Bay Waterfront at 16h30.
Duration: 8 hours
Departure Point :Catamaran Charters Check-in point, Walvis Bay Waterfront, Atlantic Street, Walvis Bay, Namibia
Departure Time :8:30 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Infant seats available
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.