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Do not drive off the road - Stay on well defined tracks... Why...
Desert gravel plains and lichen fields are very sensitive: tracks leave permanent scars and the sensitive, delicate equilibrium is lost forever.
River beds are like linear oasis’s for wildlife to find food and water in particular the large mammals like the desert elephant are extremely stressed by irresponsible human behaviour.
The endemic animals and plants in the dune belt are severely impacted.
For your safety and security: driving in dunes is dangerous, it is advisable to go with a professional, qualified guide. Moreover, because of the isolation, in case of an accident help may take hours, placing your life in real danger.
To preserve the aesthetic beauty and wild character of the dunes, inselbergs, beaches and gravel plains.
Enjoy the dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay with your 4x4 / quadbike / motorbike in the designated ORV area (central part of the dune belt) where free permit from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is required... Why...
A specific zoning of the dune belt between Sawkopmund and Walvis Bay was done specifically to accommodate the different activities and minimise impact to the dune ecosystem. These 2 areas were identified as adequate areas for ORV activities.
If too much hooliganism is noticed, a moratorium will be put in place and all off- road activities will be forbidden on state land.

No vehicle or quadbike is allowed to drive on the beaches... Why...
Driving on beaches has a huge impact on mussels, and other macrofauna.
Racing up and down the beach is both inconsiderate and dangerous.
Vehicle tracks are the most serious form of pollution in the Namib.

Inside the ORV areas, stay on the dunes and avoid slip faces, gravel plains and vegetated areas... Why...
Slip faces, gravel plains and vegetated areas are the most sensitive and productive areas in the desert, ORV activity impacts the abundant life found here.

In the National West Coast Recreation Area, remain on well used vehicle tracks and do not venture east of the main road without a qualified guide... Why...
For not destroying more beaches and vegetation.
For your safety and security.
Vehicle tracks are the most serious form of pollution along the coast.

Do not leave your litter on the beach, in particular plastic rubbish and cigarette butts - Use refuse bins or take your rubbish home... Why...
A litter free environment is more appealing for present and future generations.
Plastic rubbish and cigarette butts take a very long time to disappear (around 10 years) in particular in desert areas.
A plastic bag can kill animals: sea turtles think that it is a jelly fish, eat it and die of asphyxiation.

Do not drive over vegetation, lichen fields and mudflats... Why...
These areas are abundant with small animals that are essential for the desert ecosystem, your tracks will destroy them.
Tracks on vegetated areas take many years to recover, once the shallow root systems of the slow growing vegetation are destroyed the plants die.
Tracks on mudflats leave permanent scars.

Read up on the biodiversity of the coast before visiting areas... Why...
To avoid activities which may destroy the biodiversity or have negative impacts.
To know what is possible to see and discover on the coast. for more info.
Click here to see what some of our guests had to say, as well as a few of their photos »

Tommy Collard has been involved in conservation, tourism, herpetology and farming all his life. You will find his enthusiasm for desert life catching!

Although Tommy specializes in the 'Living Desert' Tour, which he personally developed over a number of years, he is fully experienced in doing all the half-day and full day tours that the area has to offer. The 'Living Desert' tour, which allows you to experience the unexpected life in the dunes up close with a conservation-minded approach, has become one of the most popular 4x4 tours at the coast.
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