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Eco Dune Tour

From USD 50.74
Highlights
  • Guided tour from Swakopmund to Namibia's desert sand dunes
  • Visit one of Namibia’s most popular natural attractions in a few hours
  • Learn about the environment from your guide as you go
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Eco Dune Tour
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Eco Dune Tour
From USD 50.74
Overview
This super informative tour of Namibia’s dune landscape is an ideal choice for nature lovers. Your guide tells you all about the distinct desert environment and helps you spot wildlife like lizards, snakes, and beetles as you walk across the sandy expanse. Hotel pickup and drop-off, bottled water, and a snack make this tour an easy and comfortable option.
What to Expect

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.

Reviews (51)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Enlightening

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
Reviewed 17 August 2018
A highlight

Our LIving Desert tour was undoubtedly a highlight of our recent visit to Namibia. The enthusiasm of the team was infectious. Who would have thought there was so much "little life" in those big dunes!!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Den C
Batis Birding S, Public Relations Manager at Batis Birding Safaris and Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Dear Den Thank you for the wonderful review and positive feedback. Until next time! Regards from Swakopmund, Batis Birding Safaris

Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile
Great living desert safari

This trip was one for my husband’s bucket list and we were not disappointed Dan is a great spotter guide and host My husband had a great time and loved every minute of it Definitely worth doing when in Swakopmund

1  Thank MartineNL
Batis Birding S, Public Relations Manager at Batis Birding Safaris and Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Dear Martine Thank you for the lovely review and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Until next time! The Batis Birding Safaris team

Reviewed 5 August 2018
Worst travel experience I have ever had

The eco dune tour was booked by the travel agent in Windhoek. First we were called at our hotel and told that the guide assigned to us would not be available and the alternative guide would not accept credit cards. My wife told the hotel...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank trustscholar
Batis Birding S, Public Relations Manager at Batis Birding Safaris and Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Good day We have tried to make contact with both yourself and your agent in Windhoek with no response. However, here is some feedback from our side: Dayne, who was your guide for the day, arrived at your Hotel punctually and ended up waiting 15...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile
See the Little Five

This is not a tour that I could have done on my own. Unbelievable service and knowledge of the dunes, Flora and fauna around swakobmund. Dane was amazing. After 4 hours, I know so much more about the desert. Plus, we got up close and...More

Thank jim590
Batis Birding S, Public Relations Manager at Batis Birding Safaris and Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Dear Jim590 Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your day out with Dayne. Kind regards The Batis Birding Safaris team

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