Our coastline is a haven for countless unique plants, animals and birds. The steady degradation of Namibia's environment in particular the coastal and marine environment mainly through Off-road Recreational Vehicle (ORV) driver behaviour threatens the well-being of everyone in Namibia. When planning to spend time at the coast, please be mindful of the environment and ensure a sustainable future for your children and grandchildren by applying the following advice:
Do not drive off the road - Adhere to legal requirements
Enjoy the dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay with your 4x4 / quadbike / motorbike in the designated ORV area (central and southern part of the dune belt) where a free permit** from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is required
Motocross bikes or quadbikes are ONLY allowed to drive on the beaches between Swakopmund and Henties Bay
Inside the ORV areas, stay on the dunes and avoid slip faces, gravel plains and vegetated areas
No overnight camping is allowed on the beaches or in the dunes without permission from the Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET)
In the Dorob National Park, remain on demarcated routes and do not venture into other areas without a qualified guide
Do not leave your litter behind - use refuse bins or take your rubbish home
Obtain a permit from Ministry of Environment and Tourism offices for entering or camping in all parks
Do not drive over vegetation, lichen fields and mudflats
Obtain a permit* from the Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) to catch fish, collect bait/mussels or dive for rock lobster and respect harvesting limitations**
* you will find the contact details of MFMR offices at the bottom of this page
** you can download the harvesting regulations at the bottom of this page
Do not leave bait or fish on the beach: Either take it home or return it to the sea
When ordering seafood in restaurants consider your purchase with care. Be an informed seafood consumer and choose healthy fish populations and relieve the pressure on overexploited species.
Do not feed wildlife
Ensure that tour operators whether in aircraft, boat or car keep a safe distance from wildlife
Never camp near waterholes
Read up on the biodiversity of the coast before visiting areas
Bogenfels arch One of the landmarks on the Namibian coast is the sea-arch Bogenfels. It is a natural rock formation (hence the name, which means "Elbow rock"...
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