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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

#4 of 44 things to do in Swakopmund Features Animals
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Remarkable Plants, Remarkable Landscape

This is a not-to-miss for even the mildest of nature lovers. Read a bit beforehand on your own... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
mulli2ver
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Eden, Utah
Very interesting, if you have 3 hours to spare!

The first part of the drive is great, but you do get a good shake and rattle for some of the way... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Tipster1965
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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Swakopmund, Namibia
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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...More

Thank mulli2ver
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!

Thank Tipster1965
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...More

Thank GalvestonJT
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.

Thank Steve N
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!

Thank Lusreviews
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Sandy M
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.

Thank Jörg P
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Getting your permit from Dept of Wildlife, will give you a map and details of what to expect along this tour. It would be a good idea if you stopped at each beacon and read the description. There is so much info and so much...More

Thank Stephne A
Reviewed 6 November 2016

The Welwitschia Plains are part of the Namib desert - dry waterless and hot, mile after mile. But here is found a most ugly but remarkable plant that has survived for thousands of years and is thriving, although it looks like nothing more than a...More

Thank MargaretSug
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We had visited the Goanikontes oasis and surrounding moon landscapes and decided to take the Welwitschia turn-off to look for these fascinating plants. The road is good and before long we saw them and could take some wonderful photos. Not to be missed!

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