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“Lunch with jackels”
Review of Turnstone Tours

Turnstone Tours
Ranked #8 of 34 Tours in Swakopmund
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

This was a very interesting full day tour. We started off by spotting dolphins at Walvis Bay, then flamingos and a big flock of pelicans being very greedy and scoffing loads of fish. The drive to Sandwich Harbour took us past the salt pans and along the beach with dunes on one side and the sea getting closer on the other! We had a picnic lunch on top of a sand dune and a couple of jackels came too! The drive back took us up and over some of the smaller dunes which was quite fun. We managed to spot some ostriches, springboks, an Oryx and more jackels along the way. Also saw seals playing in the surf.

Thank janhooper50
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

One of the only tour operators offering a full day excursion, and I really cannot emphasise enough how important it is to dedicate a full day to this tour - due to the tidal patterns and the distance from Swakopmund, we saw other cars turn around without reaching the harbour or stepping out of the vehicle. This day trip will allow you to not only reach Sandwich Harbour via the edge of the beach, but enjoy fun in the dunes with the 4x4 and climb up one if the dunes (easy 40 min walk), enjoy a picnic on the beach and time to drive through the Kruiseb delta (amazing different landscape), and spot wildlife (ostriches, springboks, many birds etc).
Our guide was very knowledgeable and everything was well organised. We were back by 4.30pm. In all honesty I found this excursion rather expensive, and really hesitated because of it, but I had a great time.

2  Thank Mossop1006
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

We had a great adventure with Burger, a wonderfully funny, interesting, knowledgable, and patient guide. We will never forget this experience! Initially I was hesitant, we were 4 adults and two very young children (ages 3 and 2) but we took the chance and it was worth it. He met us at our hotel, chatted as we drove down the road to Walvis Bay and then took us on quite a ride to Sandwich Harbour. He stopped to show us the beautiful views, special sights, and finally walked us a bit around the harbour, carried the 3yr old up a dune, and then spread out the yummiest picnic- fresh salad, homemade pasta dish, and the best apple crumble. On the ride home we drove over some dunes, he gave us just the right thrill!

Highly recommend Turnstone Tours, couldn't have asked for more.

1  Thank Olistina
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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

We loved our tour through the dunes to Sandwich Harbor. By far our favorite day trip from Swakop. Not only was the scenery breathtaking, but our guide Burger is the best! He prepared a fantastic lunch on a secluded beach. And made the dune driving very exciting. I especially loved that he taught us how to make the sand sing by sliding down it. Take the time for the day trip - much more enjoyable than the short half day.

Thank Meencantalaplaya
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

We enjoyed a really great day out with Turnstone Tours, recommended to us by Audley Travel. We were picked up on time in the well used Landrover by Burga,our driver and guide. There was just one other couple with us. We drove from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay, seeing the birding sites on the way. Passing the interesting salt works we then drove along the beach and through the sand-dunes towards Sandwich Harbour, driving through the dry Quasi river bed through reeds which retain life as their roots are deep into the water table. It has rained in this area for over 3 years! We drove through lots of small hillocky dunes, seeing the rare Dune Lark, the only bird endemic in Namibia, a jackal, springbok before finding ourselves back on the beach, passing a seal skeleton and picking up a petrified oyster each only 50 million years old! We passed some much higher dunes and had an optional climb to the top. Later on we came across the top of a wooden gable and a few ruined wooden staves in the sand. Until the 1950s, this was a whaling station but, 60 years later, it has been completely covered up by sand. An extraordinary sight. It turns out that Sandwich Harbour is not a harbour at all but just a long stretch of sand besides the crashing waves.

A picnic lunch emerged from the back of the land rover - salad, pate, tuna, and bread and apples. We had no idea what was coming next but it turned to be a fntastic dune drive - speeding up huge dunes to hover at the top and drive down the other side. It was just like a roller coaster on wheels! Six ostriches seemed a bit amazed when they saw us, particularly when we got temporarily stuck half way up a particularly soft hill! Burga showed us the Narrer plant which is part of the cucumber family and produces amazingly large fruit, gourd sized, in this arid desert. Not surprisingly, this plant is very popular with all the residents of the sand world! It is watered mostly by the fog which rolls in from the sea most mornings.

Reluctantly we left our new playground and returned to the beach to return home, via the sight of a newly arrived dead baby humpback whale, which was still fairly large! A much larger dead adult whale was a little way long the beach but we didn’t go too near because of the terrible smell. It obviously been huge. A black backed jackal was fairly near, obviously hoping to scavenge, and unusually stayed long enough to be photographed. On the rest of the journey, we saw lots more flamingos, cape teal, sandpipers, pelicans and even a camel! A tiring but great day out to be highly recommended!

Thank Margaret1917
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