Quad bike permits compulsory

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WALVIS BAY – All off-road vehicle drivers and quad bikers are reminded a permit is required for off-road or dune excursions with quad bike or four-wheel drive vehicles.

Permits and identifying stickers are available free of charge at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism offices in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and Dare Devil Adventures at Langstrand.

No vehicles other than emergency services are allowed to drive in restricted, vegetated and fenced-off areas.

Quad bikes must also be licensed and riders must wear helmets at all times for own safety.

Quad bikes are only allowed in the central dune belt between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay as demarcated by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Motorbikes and quad bikes – other than those being used by registered tour operators with permission – are not allowed on the beach between the Swakop river and Sandwich harbour (including Pelican Point), between the low water mark and the first crest of the western side of the sea-facing dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay up to the Kuiseb delta.

They are also not allowed on any un-proclaimed roads or tracks on the eastern edge of the dune belt, any gravel plains, or anywhere in the Swakop river.

By Eveline de Klerk

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