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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

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Great Desert Landscapes

Good drive and educational if you have the extra time. The road is sometimes rough, but doable even... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Dennis M
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
See the living desert yourself

A 3 hour drive from Swakopmund if combined with the Moon Landscape. The road surface is bad at... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The welwitschia is a most unusual and fascinating plant! For visitors to Namibia it should be a must see: the clue is in the name, Welwitschia "mirabilis"—the "amazing" welwitschia! It is a unique species in its own genus—monotypic in botanical parlance. It only occurs in...More

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

My visitor was pleasantly surprised when he saw this plant dating back to pre-historic times. Something to remind us of how "little" we actually are . . .

Thank JayTee4
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Good drive and educational if you have the extra time. The road is sometimes rough, but doable even with a 2-wheel drive. The picnic area near the end is delightful and the variable landscapes and geology are worth the effort. Recommended.

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

A 3 hour drive from Swakopmund if combined with the Moon Landscape. The road surface is bad at times though. We saw 5 Hartmann’s Zebra , a troop of baboons where we crossed the dry Swakop riverbed and ostrich. And obviously the magnificent welwitschias. For...More

Thank Tockus2
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Fantastic drive through a Moonscape and sightings of the Welwitchia plants. At times you feel as though you are on another planet. Included this drive on our way from Swakopmund to Sesreim.

Thank S C
Reviewed 18 July 2018

It was wonderful to experience the Welwitschia Plains. However, the road was not in a good condition.

Thank 444Erica2014
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

You see the pictures of the moonscape in books and on postcards but they really don't do it justice. It is worth taking the time to do the drive. When you buy the permit at NWR you get a leaflet that describes various markers en...More

Thank Rollingstone2000
Reviewed 10 June 2018

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 9 June 2018

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
Reviewed 7 June 2018

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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