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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

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Address: Swakopmund, Namibia

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Moonscape

This is a wild, natural place. It's what city dwellers expect a dessert to be! Look closely, you will see there is life there! The oddest is the Welwichita Mirabalis. It looks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Florence, Italy
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Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

we had to drive much further than expected to finally see the Plants. They are unusual and somewhat disappointing. Not really worth the effort.

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East London
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is booked through a very helpful lady in the department of the environment- near the bottom of Sam Najoma St. The cost is very modest for this self drive tour. The instructions are well laid out and accompanied by a map and it takes a comfortable half day. Although entirely on gravel roads, the drive can be undertaken in... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is definitely a "moonscape" experience, as other reviewers have pointed out. It's not just the rugged landscape or the 4x4 bouncing (which is very comfortable, I must say). It's the rocks that have been contoured by the winds of the area. The vast, flat areas with the unusual plant life, like the very very old Mirabalis that is way... More 

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Barcelona
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I am happy to recomendate Mr Georg Erb for you guide in Namib Desert. He is part of Namib!!!! Whith him you will realised how living is oldest and dryest desert in the world.

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Florence, Italy
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is a wild, natural place. It's what city dwellers expect a dessert to be! Look closely, you will see there is life there! The oddest is the Welwichita Mirabalis. It looks like apile of scap aloe leaves, but is unique in the it can take a hundred years to bloom, and some are said to be a thousand years... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Amazing sight this plant is. Something that you will do once just once because its a far drive out but a very special thing of nature to see.

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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130 reviews 130 reviews
44 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

You have to read up a bit about the route beforehand and try and get "Tracks for Africa" waypoints on your GPS as there are markers along the route but no signage and explanations what it means. Remember that you can drive part of the route without a permit but the go the whole way you have to buy a... More 

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Windhoek
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Roads are good, the Welwitschias are, as always, breathtaking and so are the views of the moon landscape on the way to the Welwitschias.

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

It can be an hassle to find it; getting there was not a straightforward process and it caused the first spat between my companions and me as we had to back-track and U-turn more than once! First and foremost you will need a permit which is issued at the NWR in Swakopmund at the office in Bismark street, right before... More 

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London
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30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

A slightly secret drive from Swakopmund, requiring a pass from the local Parks Office, and careful detection of signpost takes you through extraordinary landscape and eventually to the Waelwitchia plains, where a number of these amazing plants lie about in what is essentially a desert! Well worth the effort!

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