On the southwestern coast of Africa, you’ll find one of the most underrated tourist destinations on the planet. Far off the beaten path, this golden slice of Namibia may not be at the top of many people’s travel bucket lists, but it’s so worth the trip.
Part of the Namib Naukluft Park, this incredible piece of coastline is unlike any beach you’ve seen. This dramatic six-mile-long lagoon is where the sapphire South Atlantic Ocean meets the endless deserts of Namibia.
Get ready to fall in love with the world’s oldest desert. Here’s my experience doing a “Dunes Meets the Ocean” 4×4 Tour in Namibia.
Walvis Bay is the typical starting point for any tour of Sandwich Harbour. This small seaside city is famous for its flamingos, pelicans, and migrating whales. It’s worth a stop here to take a kayak trip out to Pelican Point, or you can catch a ride down to Sandwich Harbour, which is about thirty miles (fifty kilometers) south of town.
Tip: You’ll see a few names for this place, including Sandwich Bay, Sandvishawe, Sandvisbaai, and Sandfisch Bai, so don’t worry if your tour operator uses any of these variations.
Before you leave the city, I recommend that you take a trip up to Walvis Bay Lagoon to see the flamingos. After that, you’ll head down through the Kuiseb River Delta, and from there, you’ll be down to Sandwich Harbour in no time.
It’s important to note that the weather and tide affect access to the Sandwich Harbour. When the tide is too high, you won’t be able to drive in there. While you can predict the daily high tide, the weather is impossible to know for certain; there are no guarantees.
That’s not a total deal breaker though. The best views ultimately come from the high dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Touring Sandwich Harbour
You’ll find a range of tour companies in Namibia offering both half- and full-day tours. They will usually take you through the Walvis Bay Lagoon, Kuiseb River Delta, Sandwich Bay, and Sandwich Harbour and stop for wildlife viewing.
You can take an organized tour or go solo. Fort this trip, I headed out with Entangola Namibia Desert Tours (they don’t have a website, but you can reach them directly at this phone number: +264-81-128-6910). A full day private tour only cost us NAD3500 or about $289 US for two of us.
Driving in Namibia on your own is an amazing experience, but it’s one that you need to be prepared for. At minimum, you need a 4×4 vehicle.
That means that you have to be comfortable operating a big vehicle, and it’s also essential to be totally confident driving a manual car.