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“Spiritual Sandwich Harbour, Namibia with Turnstone Tours”
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Turnstone Tours
Ranked #9 of 34 Tours in Swakopmund
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

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!
Genie Albrecht
Namibia

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Reviewed January 13, 2012

When possible, we tend to stay two nights somewhere rather than the 'arrive, dinner, sleep, breakfast, leave' scenario so we can not only relax a bit but also to get acquainted with the area. We called Turnstone to arrange a day out of birding and beach combing. At precisely the hour agreed upon, Ernest arrived. We instantly knew he was just the guy to have as a guide. Passionate without being overwhelming, terrific depth of knowledge. We drove to Sandwich along a fabulous beach, spotting jackels tucking in to a dead seal that washed up, gulls cruising with the wind about 3 meters off the sand. Ernest showed us some 'tricks' about where to get fresh water, explained the reddish color on the beach, and on and on. The final scene was hundreds, maybe thousands of flamingos taking off. What a spectacle! Ernest even brought along a fine lunch, taken in full sun with the dunes protecting us from the wind. We highly recommend Ernest and Turnstone.

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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Recently completed the Sandwich Harbour 4X4 tour with Wayne. The tour has a lot of interesting insights into the history and geography and animal life along the coast. Wayne was very informative about every aspect of Namibia nature, wildlife and conservation. This is a great tour not to be missed! Especially enjoyed the sand dune views and drving along the narrow endless stretch of vast coastal parkland. Great lunch too.

- Point of view from an adventurous USA world traveler

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Reviewed June 27, 2011

We recently did the Sandwich Harbour trip with Turnstone Tours - what a fantastic day! Our guide, Ernst, was so informative and friendly and we felt we both learnt so much about Namibia and the desert from our day spent with him. I can't recommend Turnstone highly enough - they are a bit more expensive than other tours of the area, but having done one of these on our last trip to Namibia, I can honestly say that there is no comparisson and it is worth every penny to go with Turnstone!

Lunch of homemade pate and nicoise salad in the dunes will be a memory that stays with me for a very long time!

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Reviewed March 13, 2011

We had a great trip to Sandwich Harbour with Wayne. He is extremely knowledgeable and understood what we were interested in. It's a great experience to race with the tide to get to Sandwich harbour. A lot of interesting things to see along the way, especially the archeological remains of the Topnaar people. We had a lovely lunch next to a dune and the food was delicious. I really recommend this trip.

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