Welwitschia Plains

Welwitschia Plains is part of the Tentative list of Namibia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.



  • Tentative

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The Welwitschia Mirabilis is a large plant which only grows in Namibia and Angola, and can become very old (1.500 - 2.000 years).

Probably the best way to appreciate the Welwitschia Plains is to follow the 'Welwithschia Drive' which starts some kilometers outside the town of Swakopmund and takes about 3-4 hours. On our map is was labelled as 4x4 but you don't really need one, although it is recommended.

Since the drive is located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, you will need a permit which can be obtained in Swakopmund. There are no gates and we did not see any guards so you risk to go without permit but given the low price it's better to have one.

Before you reach the Welwitschia plants, you pass the spectacular 'moonscape'. The last stop on the route is a giant and very old Welwitschia plant.

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Site Info

  • Full name: Welwitschia Plains
  • Country: Namibia

Site History

    2002 - Submitted


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The site has 3 locations.

  • Khan River
  • Swakop River
  • Swakop River to Khan River
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