This Desert Day Tour takes you past the Moon Landscape, through the Swakopmund River Valley, and into the Welwitschia Plains…
Millions of years ago, cubic meters of water contributed to the formation of this internationally known tourism attraction, the lunar-like landscape called the Moon Valley. According to Geologists, the group of hills was pushed through the earth’s surface about 500 million years ago. On misty mornings when the coastal fog penetrates between the hills, the valley can be described as ghost-like, but once the suns’ rays emerge, the fog disperses and the lunar landscape reveals itself with the most spectacular colours and contours, making this spectacular moon-like topography a photographer’s haven.
From here we travel through the Swakop River Valley into the Swakop River. Huge Acacias and Tamarisks fill the riverbed with bright green Salvadora shrubs on the riverbanks. This linear oasis where water flows beneath the dry surface sand, provides an oasis for several bird species and desert-adapted animals. Once on the plains, the most notable feature of this area is the presence of the highest concentration of Welwitschia Plants Welwitschia mirabilis in Namibia. Not only is the Welwitschia endemic to the Namib Desert and semi-desert, but it is also taxonomically very distinct, being the only representative in its family, and only one of three species in the order Gnetales.
Costs: N$ 1700 per person / N$ 850 per child U/12
Pick up Time: 08h00/08h30 – 16h00 from your hotel in Swakopmund
Duration: Approximately 8 hours
Included: Guide, vehicle, bottled water & soft drinks
What to bring: Walking shoes & jacket, sunblock & hat, binoculars & photographic equipment
- Minimum 2 adults required for a tour, single travelers are welcome to join existing bookings.
- Children’s rates apply to children under the age of 12 years.
- Tours are guided in English unless otherwise pre-arranged.
- All activities are weather-dependent.