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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

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Address: Swakopmund, Namibia

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Fantastic drive through the moon landscape and Goanikontes

These trees and yes they are trees up to 2000 years old are found only in Namibia. They don't look like trees but interesting to see. Before you go you must get a permit/day pass... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peyia, Cyprus
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Los Angeles, California
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101 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We could not believe the scenery throughout our drive here, let alone the fact that these massive flowers, unique to this area, continue to grow (and are centuries old!). What an incredible landscape. We feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to see this part of Namibia!

Thank Parabola
Nassau, New Providence Island
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This route takes you through some undeniably wonderful desert scenery. Stop at the oasis for a cold drink & see some of the local domestic animals roaming the gardens. The Welwitschia's are quite something to behold. An absolute MUST when in Swakopmund.

Thank Nokwatcha
Cesena, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we have driven along this plain... even if this is a rare plant but i have found it not so exciting...

Thank Mark B
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Learning fun and excitement to 👀 this special plant that only exits in Namibia and that is 400 plus years old.

Thank Cinta B
Peyia, Cyprus
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Reviewed 1 week ago

These trees and yes they are trees up to 2000 years old are found only in Namibia. They don't look like trees but interesting to see. Before you go you must get a permit/day pass to enter this area. You pass by the moon landscape then come to the Welwitschia Plains. from there go to Goanikontes stop for a coffee... More 

Thank sigzag
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get a permit from the offices, corner Bismarck & Sam Nujoma street that costs per person and per car. If you local, cheaper, if you SADC it is R30 per person, overseas guests pay a little more. The guide explains the 13 stops en route and is very helpful. The drive goes through the moon landscape, which is fascinating, the... More 

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Kabwe, Zambia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the drive, especially the moon landscape, but several signposts were either missing, or so broken we missed them somehow... we still had a great drive and saw the plants.

Thank JoannainGermany
Deal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Get a high clearance vehicle a sat nav to help and get into the desert Fantastic scenery Moon landscape is awesome!!

Thank scientistatwork
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Welwitschia plains scenic drive starts about 45 minutes drive outside of Swakopmund. It is entirely self-guided. The plants are everywhere, and there are some pretty mountain ranges in the distance to photograph, particularly if you get there in the late afternoon.

Thank Anderst04
Secunda, South Africa
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

This was an easy drive in a 2 wheel drive sudan. We had our infant in a car seat and made the most of the marked beacon stops as the little one needed. 4hrs in total, and the return drive is on a tar road most of the way. Well worth the visit. Permit is NAD60 per person plus NAD10... More 

Thank Kevin S

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