Sandwich Harbour is a RAMSAR Site (The Convention of Wetlands) and it is vigilantly preserved.
For me Sandwich Harbour is a very spiritual place. There is an amazing energy from the dunes as well as the sea. As Namibians, we have been to Sandwich Harbour many times. This time we were treated by a friend to a full day tour and have just had the most wonderful, highly stimulating and energetic tour with TURNSTONE TOURS based in Swakopmund. Ernst Ritter, our driver and guide, and his son, went out of their way to show us everything we wanted to know about Sandwich Harbour: bird life, animal and plant life, geology, photographic views, geographic and historic places of interest and so much more. Driving up and down the dunes in a 4 x 4 we listened to the humming (a very deep, low tone) of the dunes, saw at close range a variety of dune lizards including the sweetest and colourful shovel-nosed and wedge nosed lizards, dung beetles, plenty of black-backed jackal (some sleeping on the dunes others actively foraging for food on the beach) and loads of magnificent wetland bird life.
At low tide we drove along the narrow beach, with the massive dunes rising above us on one side and the mighty Atlantic rollers on the other side. Ernst was always extremely cautious and safety conscious with regard to which dunes we were gong to traverse, as well as negotiating the tides. Driving up and down dunes is not an easy feat, as one needs to know the desert like the back of one’s hand. Ernst knows exactly that: he is a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge of the Namib Desert and indeed Namibia.
Included in the package is a pickup from and drop off in Swakop, a drive to Walvis Bay to obtain permits to enter the Park, the whole dune tour and Sandwich Harbour as well as a delicious lunch of salads, breads and soft drinks. Tables and chairs were set right at the top of the dune overlooking the ocean. What a breath-taking view.
We had loads of exercise climbing up dunes, walking amongst the dunes to little oases, examining different plants and tasting some seeds, seeing wind-swept and shaped sand castles naturally built in the middle of nowhere! All in all it is worth the money and I would highly recommend TURNSTONE TOURS to everyone - Namibians included - to take this opportunity to experience Sandwich Harbour for yourself. Put this awesome place on your bucket-list!
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