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Welwitschia Plains, A Scenic Drive

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Address: Swakopmund, Namibia

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So happy to see some of those amazing plants..as i know the are a very sensitive beings on this earth..and they existence is in real danger. Hopfuly they will not extinct and they... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
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Paris, France
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

So happy to see some of those amazing plants..as i know the are a very sensitive beings on this earth..and they existence is in real danger. Hopfuly they will not extinct and they could be a good billboard of the eternal times.

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

You can easily find these plans not far from the road in various areas of the plains around Swakopmund, and they are worth a look (I'm not sure that it is worth planning or paying for a self drive map). These plants grow extremely slowly and are many hundreds of years old. They look prehistoric. I would suggest asking locally... More 

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Cheshire UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Poorly signposted, most of the numbered beacons are missing or invisible. The map provided with the necessary permit that you must purchase in swakopmund is meaningless & downright confusing. The welwitscia plants are different for sure but it's difficult to justify the time distance & effort required to view them . Never found the dollar trees or wagon cart ruts.... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Very interesting drive to the giant Welwitschia. Hard to imagine that these plants are so old and manage to survive in such harsh conditions. The road was an adventure but in general was not too bad.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

If you are a plant or nature enthusiast, a visit to this fossil plants, fount nowhere else on earth, is worth the drive. Permits and a self drive map and information sheet for N$70 made it a great outing. Read up about this miracle plant before you go! The road is gravel and sand but our car handled it easily.... More 

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Dortmund
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

the landscape is stunning. I've there now for the third time, in differing weather conditions. Wonderful in rainy season with rainbows, sunny in winter and also misty in winter (this time). But even the misty atmosphere is fine with the different brown colours of the mountains.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We were lured to the Welwitschia by our guidebook, we thought an ages old plant (1500 years) would be spectacular. That is certainly not the case. The drive to it was long and dry. Half of the way was badly corrugated and the view itself: a largish plant with a meter's diameter looking like a rotting lettuce. Perhaps our timing... More 

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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

The drive to the locations where the Welwitschia plants were located is cool - good landscapes with different rock formations and the location itself had many plants - it was one of the things in our must see list and it was cool

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Sedgefield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Long drive but so worth it . Just take some food with and picnic on the way .temp got up to 41 degrees

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

A very long drive on gravel roads to see the 150 year old plant. Ineteresting drive to say you have seen it. However, there are plants much earlier on the drive that give you the same idea of the plant. But, what is well worth seeing on the way is the Moon rock formations.

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