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Marine Cruise (Dolphin Cruise) & Sandwich Harbour Combo

Combo of Marine Cruise (Dolphin Cruise) and Sandwich Harbour 4x4 Tour (Half Day)

Walvis Bay

Activity Description

Laramon Tours has three catamarans which offer lots of space with comfort and stability. Our 70% loading policy allows people to move around and enjoy the space. Our roll-up windows also close 70% of the deck space to protect our guests from wind and the little bit of spray that comes from strong winds. All boats come with onboard toilets. All boats have a bottom lounge and top sundeck seating.

The boats are surveyed annually and carry all the necessary safety equipment. We have US$ 10,000000 public liability. All our skippers are fully qualified with enough experience to ensure the clients’ safety and make their trip a pleasant one. Both boats have a skippers’ assistant to see the clients’ every need.

The boats depart 9h00 from our private jetty in the Walvis Bay yacht club area and return approx. 12h30.

Please indicate in the notes if you have any special requirements i.e Health and Dietary.

Arrangements

Duration3 hours 30 minutes
WhenAll year round
WhereOur guests need to check in at our Jetty at the waterfront, but we also offer a free transfer service from Swakopmund.
WeatherLaramon Tours reserve the right to change time slots due to extreme weather.
What to WearComfortable clothes, easy shoes Hat Warm jacket and a smile
Things to BringCamera Sunscreen Lotion
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guest allowed

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Free transfer from your location in Swakopmund to Walvis Bay Waterfront
Snack platter, fresh oysters, sparkling wine, beer, soft drinks & water
Light blanket on board
Informed guide/skipper (English, Afrikaans & German)

ExclusionsWarm drinks i.e. coffee, tea, hot chocolate

Notes

THE MARINE CRUISE
These cruises started approximately 18 years ago when we realized what immense potential this 100km² bay has to offer for nature lovers. The lagoon is well protected by a sandbank, which stops all big waves from entering the bay. The calm water of Walvis Bay allows tours almost every day.

Laramon Tours has three catamarans that offer lots of space with comfort and stability. Our 70% loading policy allows people to move around and enjoy the space. Our roll-up windows also close 70% of the deck space to protect our guests from wind and the little bit of spray that comes from strong winds. All boats come with onboard toilets. All boats have a bottom lounge and top sundeck seating.

The boats are surveyed annually and carry all the necessary safety equipment. We have US$ 10,000000 public liability. All our skippers are fully qualified with enough experience to ensure the clients’ safety and make their trip a pleasant one. Both boats have a skippers’ assistant to see the clients’ every need.

The boats depart 9h00 from our private jetty in the Walvis Bay yacht club area and return approx. 12h30.

The second thing we do in the morning is to have a “Namibian coffee” (sherry) to start off and warm the blood a little.

We are constantly in radio contact with the other boats in the bay to ensure we don’t miss out on anything to see. Our routes change daily, to follow the sea life that moves around the bay.

In the bay there is always a lot of old boats and container vessels, sometimes oil rigs from other countries that come in for services. If the seals and dolphins are scarce, we extend our tours to the fishing factories and oyster farms for the guests’ entertainment. Walvis Bay offers an abundance of sea and birdlife.

From August to April the beaches are full of flamingos, but throughout the year there are lots of other birds, such as pelicans, cormorant, seagulls, terns and many more. Pelicans and seagulls fly alongside the boats which provide opportunities for beautiful photos.
In the Namibian waters, we have the Bottlenose dolphin which roams the coastline in search of food. We have a 50% chance of finding them in the bay.

Around Pelican Point, which is the end of the sandbank, we find a smaller dolphin called the Benguela dolphin almost every day.

On the sandbank is a very large colony of Cape Fur seals. Over the years we have made friends with some of them and they sometimes come and visit us on the boats for a snack.

July to October is the migrating time for Humpback and Southern Right whales, of which we have approx. 100 sightings during this time.

From December to April the temperature of our water goes from the normal 13°C to 20°C, this is when we find the Sunfish (Mola Mola) and leatherback turtles in the bay area.
To round off our tour, we serve snacks, fresh Namibian oysters, sparkling wine and soft drinks on the boats.


NOTE: Afternoon cruises are available on special request at any time of the year. Please email the office at bookings@laramontours.com

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Activity Description

SANDWICH HARBOUR TOUR
Sandwich Harbour is a place where you have to go or regret it for the rest of your life. Where else in the world can you drive with your window open, put one hand in the Atlantic Ocean and with the other hand touch the highest dunes in the world?

Sandwich is only accessible with a good 4 wheel drive vehicle and a fully qualified driver who has lots of experience of the dunes.

The Sandwich Harbour tour starts in Walvis Bay with a visit to the flamingos in the lagoon and a stop on the dunes at the Salt Works, to see where the salt comes from that melts the snow in Europe!

From there we drive through the Kuiseb Delta where the sight of a Springbok or two is not uncommon and over the salt plains to the Namib Naukluft Park border. Once inside, we drive on the beach to Sandwich Harbour.

At Sandwich Harbour lagoon we stop so our clients can take a stroll alongside the lagoon for photos of the birds and beautiful nature scenes.

On our way back we visit a viewpoint on the dunes to look down on the lagoon, from where we drive for approx. 6km through the dunes back to the border.

Arrangements

Duration4 hours 30 minutes
WhenAll year round
WhereDeparture PointPick up - Swakopmund: Your accommodation upon pre-arrangement with the booking office Pick up - Walvis Bay: Your accommodation upon pre-arrangement with the booking office Departure point: Walvis Bay Waterfront, Laramon Tours pier if self-driving. Return PointDrop off - Swakopmund: Your accommodation upon pre-arrangement with booking office Drop off - Walvis Bay: Your accommodation upon pre-arrangement with the booking office Drop off point: Walvis Bay Waterfront, Laramon Tours pier if self-driving.
WeatherLaramon Tours reserve the right to change/ cancel time slots due to extreme weather.
What to WearComfortable clothing and shoes for sand walking (it might be hot in summer time!) Warm jacket Hat Scarf (winter time)
Things to BringCamera Sunscreen lotion
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guest allowed

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

A pick up at your accommodation in Swakopmund or Walvis Bay on pre-arrangement only.
A light meal in the dunes & soft drinks
An informed driver/guide, tri-lingual (German, English & Afrikaans)

ExclusionsHot drinks

Notes

SANDWICH HARBOUR TOUR
Sandwich Harbour is a place where you have to go or regret it for the rest of your life. Where else in the world can you drive with your window open, put one hand in the Atlantic Ocean and with the other hand touch the highest dunes in the world?

Sandwich is only accessible with a good 4 wheel drive vehicle and a fully qualified driver who has lots of experience of the dunes.

The Sandwich Harbour tour starts in Walvis Bay with a visit to the flamingos in the lagoon and a stop on the dunes at the Salt Works, to see where the salt comes from that melts the snow in Europe!

From there we drive through the Kuiseb Delta where the sight of a Springbok or two is not uncommon and over the salt plains to the Namib Naukluft Park border. Once inside, we drive on the beach to Sandwich Harbour.

At Sandwich Harbour lagoon we stop so our clients can take a stroll alongside the lagoon for photos of the birds and beautiful nature scenes.
On our way back we visit a viewpoint on the dunes to look down on the lagoon, from where we drive for approx. 6km through the dunes back to the border.
On this route, we stop at places where animals dig for freshwater and slide down dunes to listen to the roaring sand.

Sandwich Harbour used to have small freshwater lagoons as well, but that, unfortunately, is busy disappearing under the moving dunes

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