Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive, Swakopmund

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#2 of 12 in Parks in Erongo Region
Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive allows visitors to discover the unique landscapes of the Namib Desert. Dry and uninhabited at first glance, this area boasts many species of lichen. Other desert vegetation you'll likely spot during your excursion includes various drought-resistant shrubs, like the so-called "dollar" bush and the ink bush. Adapted to the desert's arid conditions, these unusual plants survive on less than a single downpour of rain each year. Look for the 13 stone markers, which point to particular places of interest along the drive. Our Swakopmund day trip planning website makes visiting Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive and other Swakopmund attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This is a trip that really needs to be done if you are staying in Swakopmund for any length of time. The moon landscape (the riverbed) is spectacular and very very different from a lot of what you wou...  more »
  • It takes a 4 x 4 and a permit (to buy beforehand in Swakopmund, NWR, 1st floor). Please allow 3 hours for the loop and be careful not to miss the road signals. It's a circuit with several numbered indications and ends with a large and very old Welwitschia. At the beginning we have the impression that it is not worth, especially the first three issues but as and as we advance, especially from the lunar landscape (completely unexpected) change landscapes and through canyons, mountains on the horizon. Really interesting.
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  • First of all must get your permit from NWR office, Bismarck street in Swakopmund and self-drive through the desert: lichen fields, moon landscapes, remains of a 19th century war camp, ostriches and th...  more »
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