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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

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Address: Swakopmund, Namibia

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the awesome Welwitschia Mirabilis

You will see welwitischias along the way when driving up towards the Skeleton Coast, but if you want to see this fine speciman which is allegedly more than 1500 years old, you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2016
Roxxxy7
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a plant or nature enthusiast, a visit to this fossil plants, fount nowhere else on earth, is worth the drive. Permits and a self drive map and information sheet for N$70 made it a great outing. Read up about this miracle plant before you go! The road is gravel and sand but our car handled it easily.... More 

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Dortmund
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

the landscape is stunning. I've there now for the third time, in differing weather conditions. Wonderful in rainy season with rainbows, sunny in winter and also misty in winter (this time). But even the misty atmosphere is fine with the different brown colours of the mountains.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

We were lured to the Welwitschia by our guidebook, we thought an ages old plant (1500 years) would be spectacular. That is certainly not the case. The drive to it was long and dry. Half of the way was badly corrugated and the view itself: a largish plant with a meter's diameter looking like a rotting lettuce. Perhaps our timing... More 

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Cupertino, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

The drive to the locations where the Welwitschia plants were located is cool - good landscapes with different rock formations and the location itself had many plants - it was one of the things in our must see list and it was cool

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Sedgefield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Long drive but so worth it . Just take some food with and picnic on the way .temp got up to 41 degrees

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

A very long drive on gravel roads to see the 150 year old plant. Ineteresting drive to say you have seen it. However, there are plants much earlier on the drive that give you the same idea of the plant. But, what is well worth seeing on the way is the Moon rock formations.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

You will see welwitischias along the way when driving up towards the Skeleton Coast, but if you want to see this fine speciman which is allegedly more than 1500 years old, you have to do the Welwitschia Drive. Please bear in mind: you need to get a permit and you are driving 50+ kms through the desert. Meaning it gets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

A very informative and interesting drive. Also very picturesque, unfortunately a very corrugated road.

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Half day road trip to see Welwitschia plants neat Swakopmund in Namibia is interesting but more because of the surrounding scenery rather than the actual Welwitschia plants. Easy roadtrip to navigate, roads in surprising good condition. You evidently require a permit to visit the area, but no one asked to see our permit during the entire trip.

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Asse, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Very strange landscape but worth while the long drive Don't forget your permit in Swakupsmund or Windhoek

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