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Schoeman Skeleton Coast Safari

Windhoek & Skeleton Coast

A truly unique experience, a flying safari, in one of the most hauntingly beautiful and unspoiled places in the world, staying at simple camps dotted up the Skeleton Coast, and enjoying spectacular views from your private airplane.

At a Glance

  • Explore the most remote corners of the spectacular Skeleton Coast

  • Fly low over the many shipwrecks which litter 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

  • 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

Adventure, Couples, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Insider's View

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

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

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

Louisa Ross-Taylor

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

The Skeleton Coast is one of the planet’s most inhospitable yet hauntingly beautiful places - wild, desolate and uninhabited. It has everything from roaring sand dunes, windswept plains, towering canyons and salt pans to 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.

Schoeman Skeleton Coast Safaris is a truly unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience. The major feature of the safari 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 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. 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.

Best of all, you will be flown and guided by members of the Schoeman family, who have known the area since childhood, and were responsible for the Skeleton Coast being made into a National Park.

The classic trip involves joining a small group in a private plane and flying to some of the remotest areas left in the world. The trip lasts only four days and three nights spending each night at a different remote and rustic camp, chosen for its unique beauty. Accommodation consists of comfortable igloo tents with facilities that provide for all your basic needs.

The uniqueness of the experience and the stunning scenery make this the finest trip available in Namibia and arguably one of the best in the whole of Africa. However, please bear in mind that you will be essentially camping and that accommodation and food are quite basic.

Please see our itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and additional nights in Namibia can be added before or after your flying safari, in areas such as the red dunes of Soussusvlei, the Etosha National Park or dramatic Damaraland.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Windhoek (via Johannesburg)
1 night

Windhoek, Namibia

Olive Grove
3 nights

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Skeleton Coast Safaris
Fly home (via Johannesburg)

Location & Directions

Windhoek & Skeleton Coast

The first night is spent in Olive Grove, situated close to the Windhoek city center in the Klein Windhoek suburb, on the corner of Promenaden Road and Ngami Street. The Skeleton Coast, starts south of the Orange River and includes the whole Namibian coastline continuing 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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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

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