Secrets in the Sand – Living Desert Tour or Little 5 Desert Tour
The Tour: Our Living Desert Tour takes you to the coastal dune belt between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, where we search for the curious tracks on the sand.
One of these tracks would be the winding tracks of the Namib Sidewinder Snake (Bitis Peringueyi) and also the Namib Horned Viper and follow the tracks to where the snake has found safe coverage in the sandy desert.
The Living Jewel of the Namib Desert, the transparent but still colorful Namib Sand Gecko or Web-footed Gecko (Pachydactylus rangei), are endemic to the Namib Desert. Also living in the sand dunes is a variety of spiders. We do not dig these creatures out, as it destroys their homes, but your guide will point out the delicate trapdoor entrance if he found one and with luck we might be able to trick the spider out its nest.
As the day carries on and the day heats up there are a number of Toktokkies or Fog-Basking Beetles (Tenebrionidae family) that venture out to find food on the slopes of the dunes. Also, more active in the day is the Shovel-Snouted Lizard (Zeros Anchietae) that performs a fascinating dance to tolerate the scorching hot sands.
Winding trough the dunes we will come across patches of vegetated gravel plains and among these scattered scrubs we search for the elusive Namaqua Chameleon (Chamaeleo Namaquensis). The Namaqua Chameleon has evolved several adaptations to cope with desert conditions: they excrete salt from nasal glands to conserve water and use their ability to change color to aid in controlling temperature.
Throughout the day there will be ample time to learn about the vegetation and how the dunes came to be so high and mighty. There will be time to do some sand boarding should you dare. Since we are in the dunes with our 4×4 vehicles we will take the sand boarders to the top of the dune in our vehicle and will collect them again after their ride to do it all over again, saving the sand boarders the effort to climb the dune on foot. Due to the nature of the route we will have some exhilarating drives up and down the dunes with stops at viewpoints offering a scene only possible in Namibia before we return to your accommodation.
As a norm the mornings can be misty and wet, followed by a bit of warmer weather in the middle of the day, but then shortly after a strong and cold Southwest coastal wind that brings the temperature down again.
Regarding shoe wear: on the dunes the shoes will fill with sand. If not then you did not have fun on the dunes or you have very good shoes. Our suggestion would be that you wear sandals and bring along a pair of socks because the dune sand can get very hot sometimes and you can protect your feet from the hot sand by wearing socks.
- Soft Drinks
- Sand Boarding
- Exhilarating 4×4 Dune Drive
Afternoon tour: Tour departure time is flexible depending on if guests have a morning activity planned.