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Skeleton Coast Safaris

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

A truly unique experience in one of the most hauntingly beautiful and unspoiled places in the world. Spend three or four nights flying and overnighting along Namibia's dramatic Skeleton Coast in the company of the world-famous Schoeman family.

At a Glance

  • Explore the most remote corners of the spectacular Skeleton Coast

  • The Schoeman family are responsible for having the Skeleton Coast preserved as a National Park, so there is nothing they don't know about the area

  • Meet the remote Himba people on the Angolan border

  • Landscapes of haunting beauty and a variety of flora and fauna, as well as incredible archaeological and geological features

  • Fly low over the many shipwrecks which litter the area

Adventure, Wildlife, Eco/ethical tourism, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Add a stay at Sossusvlei to the beginning of your trip and experience the dawn at these magnificent dunes.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Flying low over the dramatic and desolate Skeleton Coast is the most incredible way to see the shipwrecks.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Skeleton Coast Safaris or take a look at our itineraries to Skeleton Coast

Description

The Skeleton Coast is one of the planet’s most inhospitable yet hauntingly beautiful places - wild, desolate and uninhabited. It has everything from towering sand dunes, windswept plains, imposing canyons, salt pans, seal colonies, shipwrecks and even one of the most productive fishing grounds anywhere. Fresh water springs permeate barren sands to create rare oases in the desert that sustain pockets of wildlife.

Skeleton Coast Safaris is a truly unique and once in a lifetime experience. The major feature of the safaris is the use of an aircraft as a "safari vehicle". Landing at regular intervals guests are provided with outstanding bird's eye views of some magnificent and breathtaking spectacles including shipwrecks along the coast, diverse and ever-changing geological formations and the refuges of desert-dwelling animals such as the endangered black rhino and desert-adapted elephant. In addition, guests are taken on excursions by Land Rover to introduce them to the scenic and ecological aspects of the environment with its wide diversity of flora and fauna.

Discover the desolate coast with its roaring dunes, encounter Ugab rock formations made up of numerous black ridges that stand out in stark contrast to the white desert surface, see the colorful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab environs, observe ancient Bushman rock engravings and the living "fossil" tree, Welwitschia mirabilis and visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people, who still live and dress according to ancient customs and traditions.

Accommodation

Accommodation consists of three fully equipped tented desert camps, which nestle into the natural environment. The first of these is in the lower reaches of the Huab River in the Erongo Region (Damaraland), the second under Camelthorn trees and Makalani palms in the Hoarusib Valley in the Kunene Region (Kaokoland), and the third on the north-western Namibian border overlooking the Kunene River.

Tent

There is a maximum of 8 double tents all of which have en-suite bucket showers and flush toilets.

Childcare

Due to the mobile nature of these safaris they are really not suitable for young children and it is therefore recommended that they do not come.

Activities

Guests are flown at low level to provide a fascinating bird's-eye views of shipwreck remains along the coast, diverse and ever-changing geological formations and the refuges of desert-dwelling animals such as the endangered black rhino and desert-adapted elephant. Guests are also taken on excursions by Land Rover to be introduced to the scenic and ecological aspects of the environment with its wide diversity of flora and fauna.

Location & Directions

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

The Skeleton Coast, which starts south of the Orange River, includes the whole Namibian coastline and continues across the Kunene River some 200 km into Angola. It is part of the Namib Desert, various sections of which have conservation status, namely the Namib-Naukluft Park in the south, the Skeleton Coast Park in the north (between the Ugab and the Kunene rivers) and the Iona Park in Angola.

When to go

The Skeleton Coast is a year-round destination: moderate temperatures with mist, wind, and hardly any rain. For angling, November to March is the best time to visit the Skeleton Coast.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Skeleton Coast Safaris or take a look at our itineraries to Skeleton Coast

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