Skeleton Coast Safaris
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
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
Best time to Visit
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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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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.
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 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.
There is a maximum of 8 double tents all of which have en-suite bucket showers and flush toilets.
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.
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.
Meg Shepro (Staff)
My three night safari with Skeleton Coast Safaris was one of the most interesting and informative experiences Ive had in Africa. We flew low along the coast for epic views of shipwrecks and the thousands of Cape fur seals that call this area home. The guiding by the Schoeman brothers is truly second to none and the meals are splendidly hearty making you feel right at home. Highly recommend this one of a kind camping experience for the best way to experience the fascinating Skeleton Coast.
Dune driving on the Skeleton Coast
The Skeleton Coast is dominated by enormous dunes, and one of the best way to explore these is in a 4X4 vehicle specially adapted for dune-driving.
Himba Villages - Northern Namibia
The Himba people live in northern Namibia, in the Kunene Region, very close to the Skeleton Coast, and a visit to one of their villages is a fascinating insight into a way of life unchanged for centuries.
Quadbiking at Serra Cafema
One of the highlights, guided quad bike excursions through the fragile environs, is done with utmost care along specifically allocated pathways, so as to tread lightly on the dunes and preserve the unique and delicate habitats of this landscape.
Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast & Etosha
from $8300 pp 11 nights
- Fly in your own private plane over the Skeleton Coast to enjoy a birds-eye view of the coastline
- Enjoy a luxurious and old-world style safari with panoramic views of the Namib Desert
- Stay in some of the most remote camps in northern Namibia
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.
How to get there
It is an 11-hour international flight to Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight to Windhoek. You will be collected from Windhoek to begin your safari.