Permits needed for off-road driving and quad bikes

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Walvis Bay

Residents and visitors at the coast are once again reminded to acquire permits for off-road or dune tours using quad bikes or four-wheel drive vehicles and also to stay on designated areas when undertaking such activities in the dunes.
The Walvis Bay Municipality issued a statement yesterday to remind holidaymakers to adhere to the rules and regulations to protect the environment and its living organisms.

According to the municipality, quad bikes must be licensed and riders must wear helmets at all times.
Quad bikes are also 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 used by registered tour operators having permission, are not allowed on the beach between the Swakop River and Sandwich Harbour (including Pelican Point).

They are also not allowed 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 or any unproclaimed roads or tracks on the eastern edge of the dune belt, any gravel plains, or anywhere in the Swakop River.

Furthermore, no quad bikes or four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed between the northern edge of Langstrand and the southern tip of the Aphrodite Beach development between Walvis Bay and Langstrand.
However the central dune area between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay may be accessed from the demarcated corridors opposite Langstrand, Dolphin Beach and at Dune 7.

Furthermore four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed near the beach area north of Langstrand just up to the Swakop River mouth. No vehicles other than emergency services are allowed to drive in vegetated and fenced-off areas.
Permits and identifying stickers are available free of charge at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism offices in Swakopmund (tel: 404 576) and Walvis Bay (tel: 205 971/2) and Dare Devil Adventures at Langstrand.

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