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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

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Address: Swakopmund, Namibia

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Scenic drive through the Namib Desert!

You have to love the beauty of the arid Namib Desert to really enjoy this trip. It is a round trip with awesome scenery of landscapes and plants that are hundreds of years old... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2017
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

It is large with poor roads and very barren in places. The Moonscape is worth seeing. If a botanist the largest welwitschia is a highlight but well away from anywhere. Few animals and less birds.

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Reviewed 23 February 2017

You have to love the beauty of the arid Namib Desert to really enjoy this trip. It is a round trip with awesome scenery of landscapes and plants that are hundreds of years old. The Welwitschia Mirabalis is not the most spectacular plant to appreciate, but seen it survive in that arid environment is something to behold. The road is... More 

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Pretoria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Take this desert road to view the Welwitschia plants. Drive slow. Stop. Get out and explore the plants. Quite amazing

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Eden, Utah
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is a not-to-miss for even the mildest of nature lovers. Read a bit beforehand on your own about this remarkable plant that is related to the conifers that inhabit higher elevations and vastly-different ecosystems. The Welwitschia plant has only two leaves (though the elements cause them to rip so it appears as though there are more), they are dioecious... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

The first part of the drive is great, but you do get a good shake and rattle for some of the way. These plants are incredible - surviving for 2000+ years. They were even flowering when we went to have a look!

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galveston, texas
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

We visited these amazing plants on a cruise ship bus tour - out to the Namib desert. I loved seeing these plants and I strongly recommend that you see this unique plain as a part of a bigger multi-site tour. The Welwitchia plant – These rare desert growers are found only in the Namib desert and grow for 1500 years... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

The plants are very interesting and worth a visit. The main dirt road in was good, but the road between the moonscapes and the Welwitchia plants is not great at all.

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Thank Steve N
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

This was an amazing drive full with Welwitschia plants and Lichen. It was breathtaking! And the moon-landscape is not something you want to miss!

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Thank Lusreviews
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Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

National flower of Namibia, identical twins that does not remain identical, was amazing to see.. Bucket list worth,

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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

You will learn a lot about the Welwitchias and the geography where they grow. Make sure you buy a permit at the NWR office in Swakopmund (Bismarck St/Nujoma Av). The start of the drive is kind of hard to find.

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