Exciting marine and birdlife is easily seen along the Skeleton Coast, particularly at Cape Cross, and Sandwich Harbour.
Popular boat cruises on Walvis Bay Lagoon offer incredible sightings of bottlenose and Heaviside's dolphins, Cape fur seals, pelicans, flamingos, cormorants, sunfish, turtles, and even whales.
Bird watching along Swakopmund's beaches, the coastal stretch of the Swakop River Valley, close to Long Beach and further south is also rewarding. Please respect the nesting sites of endangered Damara Terns if you walk along the shore. All beaches are open to the public and easily accessible from a number of designated parking spots.
A visit to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve is a must (120 km north of Swakopmund). Birders will find the guided 4x4 tours to bird colonies at Sandwich Harbour incredibly rewarding.
Popular Attractions near Namib Region
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling
Walvis Bay(10 km from Namib Region)
Known as one of most active beaches on the planet, Swakopmund has revitalized itself as an adventure centre offering fishing, surfing, kayaking, quad biking, sand boarding and more.
Jeanne from Eco Marine Kayak Tours will take you on a 4x4 excursion across the Namib Desert to Pelican Point in her funky Kayak Mobile. From here, you start paddling past the lighthouse to the seal colonies. Along the way you'll see amazing birdlife and numerous seals. Heavyside dolphins often swim playfully around the kayaks.
Swakopmund Coast(11.8 km from Namib Region)
Have a blast in the Namib Desert around Swakopmund! Apart from the town's unique attractions, the surrounding desert has enormous appeal. Gigantic coastal dune belts stretch south to Walvis Bay and vast gravel plains lie to the east and north.
The massive dunes along the Atlantic Ocean coastline offer a great playground for some mega-fun activities. Take a guided quad bike tour or go sand boarding, dune climbing and walking. The ocean and desert views from the top of the dunes are also perfect for romantic sundowners.
Venture into the gravel plains of the coastal Namib and be amazed by ancient plants, particularly the Welwitschia mirabilis and the sprawling fossil lichen fields. Incredible desert-adapted wildlife, mostly birds, reptiles, springbok and Oryx antelope are frequently seen on desert excursions.
Walvis Bay(36.8 km from Namib Region)
Enjoy an amazing dolphin and seal experience with Levo on a 4 hour morning boat tour.
The tour starts at 8:30 from the Walvis Bay Tanker Jetty, through the harbour and past the fishing factories. During the trip your skipper will include a comprehensive explanation of Walvis Bay's history. The excursion will take you out to the bird island, Russian trawlers, Pelican Point and back via the lagoon.
A variety of birds such as Pelicans, Flamingos, Cormorant and many more can be seen. Wild seals are fed by hand on the boat. Fresh oysters, champagne and snacks are enjoyed at the seal colony.