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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

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Ancient plants and a moon landscape in one package

This is a trip that really needs to be done if you are staying in Swakopmund for any length of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Magriet11
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Genuine desert experience

First of all must get your permit from NWR office, Bismarck street in Swakopmund and self-drive... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
15matjan
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Tona, Spain
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"amazing plants"
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"great drive"
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"desert plants"
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"takes about hours"
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"tourist office"
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"well worth the effort"
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"lunar landscape"
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"dirt road"
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"an absolute"
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"worth a visit"
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"three hours"
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Reviewed yesterday

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 days 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is not just welwitchia, it is all the things unusual you get to see on the way. Try watering dry lychen moss and see it expand in front of your eyes. Take a photo with "moonscape" as a backdrop. And yes, pose near "baby"...More

Thank stelamaris
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This is my second visit to this area. The landscapes are worth visiting the area. The Welwitschias are also very impressive, especially the 1500 year old specimen which is protected by a fence. The one thing I find very inconvenient is that in order to...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Nice road trip with different landscapes. We had a 4wd car but a 2wd would probably also be ok. It takes about 4 hours.

Thank Peter M
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