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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

Swakopmund, Namibia
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Ranked #4 of 11 Attractions in Swakopmund
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Durban, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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3 helpful votes 3 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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Omaruru, Namibia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

just loved to do a self-drive to the welwitchias - they are just there - next to the road, slowly, oh so slowly growing undisturbed for the past 2000 years

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Upington
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I paid first the permit to visit the place and a very helpful lady explain to me on the map how to reach the area. We drove the morning of the 7 July trough a desert area with gravel roads and suddenly in the middle of no where a magnificent landscape appear in front of us. No wind to bother... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We went to to look for Welwitschia's, and were not disappointed. A nice find of an interesting plant, and beautiful scenery! The roads were good and we had excellent weather.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Our guide Ernst was so knowledgable and made a very dry landscape turn into a magical place. Highly recommended !!!!!

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The Welwitschia trees can be seen in many areas - while some of the oldest such trees are located in this area, they can be found throughout Namibia. The Valley of the Moon is best seen in the morning.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

One has to go far into the desert to be able to view these wonderful plants. Obtain a permit for the day in Swakop before venturing out all the way. Gravel roads, quite rutted in places. Take enough water with you. The scorching heat of the desert is not something to take lightly.The biggest specimen is fenced and it is... More

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Durban, South Africa
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We self drove the route and enjoyed the numbered stops reading up on each place as we got there. Buy a permit before you go and you get the map etc. We did it in a VW Polo and it was no prob. Roads fine. Welwitschias were fascinating as was the whole scenery. Take water and a snack - there... More

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