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Our Living Desert Tour is a unique 4x4 adventure which specialises in bringing the desert to life while sharing the awesome beauty of the Namib Desert with travelers from all over the world. The coastal dune belt may seem barren and lifeless to many people, but in fact it is alive with a fascinating variety of little desert adapted animals, which are able to survive on the life-giving fog which consistently rolls in from the cold Atlantic Ocean.

Come see the Dancing White Lady Spider (Carparachne aureoflava) cartwheel 44 turns per second down a dune to escape the enemy. Admire the transparent Namib Dune Gecko (Pachydactylus rangei) with webbed feet that are used to walk and dig in soft dune sand and are the equivalent to snow shoes in colder areas. Learn about the different beetles and insects and how they survive in the dune desert. Follow in the tracks of a legless Lizard (Fitsimmon's Burrowing Skink), observe Sand Diving Lizards (Meroles Anchieta) dancing on the hot sand, Sidewinder Snakes (Perinquey's Adder), Desert Chameleons and many more fascinating creatures. Learn about the geology, structure and formation of the desert, and admire the vast and beautiful landscapes while enjoying a scenic dune drive combined with fun and adrenalin.

Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the desert alive and close up.


Living Desert Adventures consists of a 3 Man team. Our guide team try their best to keep the tour personal and give everybody individual attention where possible and answer all the questions you have. Through my experience I have learned that an Elephant and a beetle are both individual creations each functioning in their own way, while displaying personal beauty and complexity. This is the message that we want to share with people, that everything in nature big and small displays individual characteristics, which can be enjoyed and appreciated by everybody. On this note I have decided to introduce the "Little 5"of the Namib to our tour, creating new awareness concerning the smaller creatures of Africa and Namibia.

For more Information contact us direct at: nature@iafrica.com.na


Living Desert Adventures is based in Swakopmund, along the coast of Namibia. Christopher Nel, the owner of this unique day tour, has a deep respect for nature and loves to share the beautiful and hidden treasures of the Namib Desert. Chris originally qualified as an electrical engineer, and then became a professional deep sea diver and eventually followed his passion to spend his life in nature. Chris has been involved with tourism and conservation for over 16 years. He and his experienced guides are very enthusiastic in presenting the “Little Five”, and sharing their knowledge on the fauna and flora of Namibia.


Living Desert Adventures makes use of well maintained 4x4 Land Rover and Toyota Landcruiser vehicles which are well suited for driving over the dunes while exploring and enjoying the beautiful landscapes. Our Vehicles are specially modified to suit the needs of our clients providing comfortable seating and large windows for clear views of the desert and offer ideal photo oppotunities.

All our vehicles seat 8 people comfortably. With regards to safety, our vehicles comply with all safety regulations and are tested yearly by the Road transport board. We are also in possession of comprehensive passenger liability insurance and a certificate of fitness for all vehicles.


Namaqua Chameleon
(Chamaeleo namaquensis)








Sidewinder Snake (Bitis Perinqueyi)


Sidewinder Snake
(Bitis Perinqueyi)








Shovel-Snouted Lizard (Meroles anchietae)
Shovel-Snouted Lizard
(Meroles anchietae)








Cartwheeling Spider (Carparachne aureoflava)
Cartwheeling Spider
(Carparachne aureoflava)








Palmato Gecko (Palmotogecko rangei)
  Palmato Gecko
(Palmotogecko rangei)







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