Sandwich Harbour

View across the lagoon at low tide, looking north-west.
Looking south along the edge of the lagoon.
Musselbeds on the mudflats, looking east.
Musselbeds on the mudflats, looking east.
View across the lagoon from the adjacent dunes, looking south-west.
Remains of the northern, freshwater wetland, looking south.
Remains of the northern, freshwater wetland, looking south.

Sandwich Harbour

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  • Area: 
    16,500 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    23°22'S 14°28'E
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Sandwich Harbour. 23/08/95; 16,500 ha; 23°23'S 014°29'E. Namib-Naukluft Park, Marine Protected Area. Two distinct wetlands and associated mudflats. One is aquifer-fed and supports typical emergent vegetation, but is slowly disappearing due to natural causes. The second, under tidal influence, consists of mudflats and raised shingle bars. One of Namibia's most important coastal wetlands, supporting eight endangered species among the large numbers of wading birds. Several archaeological sites dating back 1,000 years exist within the site. Human activities have included fishing, guano collection, and hunting. The site is used for scientific research, with surrounding areas used for tourism, recreation, and angling. Ramsar site no. 743. Most recent RIS information: 1995.

Administrative region: 
Erongo Region

  • National legal designation: 
    • national park - Namib Naukluft Park
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