We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

Features Animals
Review Highlights
Unique experience

Views of the desert probably unmatched in the world? So 40 or 50km drive well worth the effort. The... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
It's stunning to think of seeing a 1500 yeard old plant

It's a plant growing in the desert. The oldest one is inside a fence. A nature's miracle 'cause it... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
Florence, Italy
Read all 298 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Swakopmund, Namibia
Write a Review
Reviews (298)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

11 - 20 of 148 reviews

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Views of the desert probably unmatched in the world? So 40 or 50km drive well worth the effort. The welwitschia is not a beauty but very fascinating - prehistoric and strange. It apparently contaminates the ground around itself to prevent seeding from competition for the...More

Thank ClemWG
Reviewed 30 August 2017

It's a plant growing in the desert. The oldest one is inside a fence. A nature's miracle 'cause it suits the dryest of the climates. In my opinion it's not beautiful, but it's interesting to see. It's worth a visit, especially for the contest.

Thank davrobert
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Welwwitscha is a strange creature but when you've seen one it's enough. More interesting the landscape around . I inserted this 1 hour detour going to Swakop and I enjoyed it..

Thank Giorgio P
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Getting your permit from Dept of Wildlife, will give you a map and details of what to expect along this tour. It would be a good idea if you stopped at each beacon and read the description. There is so much info and so much...More

Thank Stephne A
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Clear step by step guide to the area comes with your permit from the NWR office. Lunar landscape is very special.

Thank Vinadanimex
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This is so out of the ordinary that you simply cannot afford not to visit it if you are in the vicinity. Get a permit with a map from the tourism office in Swakopmund for a minimal fee. Unless you also want to view the...More

Thank Danie92
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

The trip to Welwitschia plant was good one... This was my first desert tour in swakopmund... If you are really found of plants, yes this is a good option... I feel like when comes to choosing something, you have better options to do in swakopmund...

1  Thank Dipil V
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

It is an absolute amazing view but difficult to find due to the lack of proper signs. One needs a good map because there are not always GPS or cell phone coverage. This is a general problem in Namibia

Thank Stephanus B
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We had to get a permit and the staff at the tourism office were very friendly and helpful. It really helped us not to miss anything of importance. The markers were very visible and the explanations interesting. We also had a beer at Goanikontus, a...More

Thank volstruise
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

What weird plants these are. Male and female are separate, and they are fertilised by beetles and the wind. The plants can live to be 2k years old. They start of with two green leaves. Even after five years this is all you see. Then...More

Thank Jacqui L
Nearby Restaurants
Kucki's Pub
1,007 reviews
40.36 km away
The Fish Deli
262 reviews
40.27 km away
Cordes & Co.
90 reviews
40.34 km away
Tiger Reef Beach Bar & Grill
227 reviews
40.33 km away
Nearby Attractions
Desert Explorers
520 reviews
36.01 km away
Dune 7
135 reviews
35.56 km away
German Evangelical Lutheran Church
27 reviews
40.13 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines