The Welwitschia is the national plant of Namibia. The drive, along with all the rest of Namibia, is fascinating. I highly recommend this country.
We took this self-guided tour while on honeymoon in Swakopmund in December 2013. The drive starts about 20km outside of Swakopmund, and takes you through some of the most bizarre alien desert landscapes you will ever see. The tour culminates with the bizarre Welwitschia mirabilis plant, found only in that tiny little corner of the northern Namib. Highly, highly recommend... More
It was like nothing on earth, stunning ranges of hills, sounds boring but it's just amazing to look at. We only drove to beacon 7 then turned around as the road was pretty dire.
Forget about the Welwitschias, actually. They might be old and rare and grow only in the NamibNaukluft. But they are very unimpressive plants from an aesthetic point of view and would definitely not be worth the drive, unless you are a true plant lover or a botanist. What is worth the drive and getting the permit in advance, though, are... More
I love the different scenes that you don't see every day. We went in August. It was very dry with very little colour. You drive through NOTHING (seemingly until you read the info) Some people might find it boring. To me, it was absolutely fantastic. Although no one checked on us, it was worth to get our permit in town.... More
To take the drive to see the Welwitschia plants is a must. To stand next to a plant that is 1500 years old is very humbling. The road to there is beautiful. It goes right through the Moon Landscape, which is a must see in its own right.
permit needed! Easy to get in Swakopmund/Sossusvlei it really is a scenic drive, you get to see lots of different natural structures getting information about whats to be seen beforehand is enough... we did the same and drove around there without a guide so we could take our time and enjoy everything as long as we wanted to. We even... More
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