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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

Address: Swakopmund, Namibia
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Swakopmund
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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111 reviews 111 reviews
40 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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224 reviews 224 reviews
101 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
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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80 reviews 80 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Naples, Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We drove the Welwitschia drive only as far as Beacon (Stop) #7. We turned around here since the road deteriorated considerably and we felt we had seen the best landscape anyway. It just wasn't warranted to keep driving and driving just to see the Welwitschia plants. We can look at photos on the internet. The gravel road started out in... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I have to admit, driving to the Welwitschia Drive is really annoying. The pads are under a terrible condition, but when we arrived at the first Moon-Landscape lookout we nearly forgot about the "African massage". We were absolutely fascinated by the amazing landscape, and it was even better than the couple of Welwitschiae we saw afterwards – most of them... More 

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Ulmarra
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A major part of our journey to Namibia was to see this Ancient and little understood plant in its own landscape. For us it was a rewarding couple of days camping in the area and experiencing the mists on the landscape so vital for this plant and its survivalist mates out there on the plains!

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Durban, South Africa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The Welwitschia plains is quite a way from Swakopmund and there is a lot or roadworks and construction along this route as a result of the Uranium mines in the area. The actual Welwitschia stop point was a little bit disappointing due to the remoteness and there only being one picnic spot in this area. However this road also runs... More 

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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115 reviews 115 reviews
49 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Went to the permit office and got a permit for N$30 pp and N$10 per car. You get a small map with an explenation of each beacon. There were 13 beacons which were well marked along the way. Was a pleasurable experience doing the self drive and the info on the map was great! A must do when you are... More 

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Auckland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We paid for a tour of the moon landscape and visiting the Welwitschia Plains on our recent stay in Swakopmund. Given we had self driven the journey so far and seen some amazing desert landscapes we probably wouldn't pay to go on a tour again. The benefit of the paid driver was we could venture off road to spots that... More 

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