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Sandwich Harbour

  • Namib-Naukluft National Park, Erongo Region, Namibia

Last updated: 05 April, 2024

The natural lagoon at Sandwich Harbour – 55kms south of Walvis Bay and within the Namib-Naukluft National Park – is renowned as one of the best birding locations on the African coast, attracting thousands of migratory fowl in early summer (October-November).

Designated a Ramsar ‘wetland of global importance’, the combination of dunes and lagoon is breathtaking, while the dramatic drive along the coast – with the chance to sight springbok and brown hyena – make this one of the Atlantic coastline’s natural wonders.

Logistics

Price from: £75
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Operators will collect you from your hotel in Swakopmund or Walvis Bay for this full-day excursion into the deserts south of Walvis Bay. Transport is in comfortable 4WD vehicles, with refreshments and lunch provided.

It’s possible to visit Sandwich Harbour in your own vehicle, but it’s definitely not recommended. You’ll need a permit, and the shifting sands make finding the right route difficult.

When to do it

Tours run all year round, seven days a week, departing first thing in the morning.

The best time to visit Walvis Bay, and Namibia in general, is the dry season from June to October, but it is a year-round destination with generally pleasant weather. October and November, however, are especially good when the numbers of migratory birds reach their peak.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

  • Walvis Bay

Experience the adventure and beauty of exploring the Namib desert with your driver/guide. There are many interesting sights to see including desert fauna and flora, and giant sand dunes. Navigate the thin stretch of coast where giant dunes meet the Atlantic ocean on your way to Sandwich Lagoon. Hotel pickups in Walvis Bay ( Swakopmund pickups at N$100.00 per person) and lunch that includes finger snacks, sparkling wine and something sweet is included.

Price ZAR 3,000

Min age 12

Rating 4.94 / 5 [112 ratings]

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  • Swakopmund

This will be your most memorable Dune Tour and your Namibia Highlight. We go where dune meets sea, harsh and desolate area constantly changing, yet quiet and relaxing, see amazing wild life, and thousand's of sea Birds in these harsh conditions. We go up towering Dunes, to the most beautiful view points, exciting dune drives with skilled and knowledgeable guides See thousands of pink Flamingos, Pelicans, and other amazing birds in the Ramsar Walvisbay Wetland .The biggest evaporation pond Salt Mine in Africa with its pink salt waters is seen along the route get to Feel the Desert, the quietness, the ambience, stunning views, an unforgettable tour creating everlasting memories this HALF DAY TOUR also available as FULL DAY TOUR, it has more stops and goes slower The PRIVATE Tour is for You only, max 4 people per car NO other guests will be added Combo Tours available: Marine Dolphin & Seal Catamaran cruise and Sandwich harbor Kayaking and Sandwich harbour See our offer or enquire

Price ZAR 2,250

Min age 3

Rating 4.84 / 5 [75 ratings]

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  • Walvis Bay

This tour is a must for any coastal visitor. From the start of this trip you will be awed by the natural beauty on offer. From the abundant birdlife in the lagoon area to the free roaming animals in the Namib Desert. Get to see where massive sand dunes meet up with the ocean. Ever changing landscapes and the thrilling offroad drive will make for lasting memories. Book now!

Price ZAR 2,400

Min age 2

Rating 4.98 / 5 [59 ratings]

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  • Swakopmund

Viewing the extensive bird life in the Ramsar Convention Walvisbay Wetlands where up 250000 birds can be seen from time to time, to the many Seals in the seal colony ( 50 000+ SEALS) including huge Bulls and Pups, to the magnificent views Sandwich Harbor, where Sea meets Dunes, and the surrounding Dunes have to offer, together with the adrenaline evoking skillful dune driving by the guide, the pure passion and enthusiasm the guide portrays of this beautiful scenic but harsh area. Knowledgeable and passionate guides make this tour exceptional. an exceptionally unique experience few get the see creating unforgettably fond memories. ITS A FULL DAY TOUR. minimum 2 pax

Price ZAR 2,950

Min age 2

Rating 4.85 / 5 [47 ratings]

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Who to go with: tour operators

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Our writer’s recommended tour operators to book with

Turnstone Tours

  • Swakopmund, Erongo, Namibia

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Turnstone Tours

Swakopmund-based Bruno & Kate Nebe offers high-quality, private bespoke tours to all parts of Namibia, including some of the least accessible but most spectacular parts. Their Sandwich Harbour tours are among the best.

Sandwich Harbour 4×4

  • Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia

Walvis Bay company offering 4×4 excursions to Sandwich Harbour and the Walvis Bay wetlands. Combination tours with marine cruises, kayaking, and birdwatching tours are also available.

Namibia Kayak Tours

  • Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia

Well-regarded local Walvis Bay tour operator offering affordable kayak tours off Walvis Bay’s Pelican Point, safaris to Sandwich Harbour and combos of both.