This trip is charged in USD and the prices will fluctuate according to the exchange rates.

Begin your Skeleton Coast safari by flying by light aircraft over the spectacular red dunes of the Namib Desert. Pass the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay, before stopping for a picnic lunch overlooking the great seal colony at Cape Cross. Continue north over the desert and pass the Ugab rock formations, a nearly lifeless ‘moon landscape’, before landing at the comfortable Kuidas Camp in the Huab River. Take a hike to some nearby ancient rock engravings, then jump in a Landrover to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the surroundings. Fly further along the Skeleton Coast to Terrace Bay, leaving shipwrecks and rolling dunes in your wake. Take a thrilling Landrover drive through the dunes and explore the multi-coloured pebbles and many old whale bones of the beaches.

Continue north by air to the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people, keeping an eye out for the rare desert-dwelling elephant that frequent the valley. Fly to Namibia’s most northern reaches, exploring the mountains of Hartmann Valley, bordered by the Kunene River. Enjoy a final morning cruising along the river by boat before flying on back to Windhoek.

 

Highlights

  • Skeleton Coast
  • Damaraland
  • Kaokoland
  • Kunene River

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Iconic vistas and coastal exploration

Skeleton Coast

We meet at Eros Airport, Windhoek at 10h00 for departure to the Skeleton Coast via Conception Bay. The Kuiseb canyon and adjoining red dunes are a spectacular view from the air.

The flight includes an aerial view of the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay.
After landing and refuelling at Swakopmund, we continue with a low-level flight north along the Skeleton Coast past the seal colony at Cape Cross for a light picnic lunch near the beach.

After lunch we cross the desert by aircraft to the Ugab formations, a nearly lifeless ‘moon landscape’ of numerous black ridges in stark contrast to the white desert floor.

From here we proceed to our Kuidas camp in the Huab River Valley where we stay for the night. Ancient rock engravings are found amongst the rocks within walking distance of the camp. All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Kuidas Camp
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Day 2: Iconic vistas and coastal exploration

Skeleton Coast

After breakfast we depart by Land Rover to explore the colorful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab River environs and to be introduced to the ecological aspects of this area with its wide diversity of flora and fauna.

This includes the Welwitschia Mirabilis, a tree that has been dwarfed by the rigours of the encroaching desert climate. We have lunch at Kuidas camp before flying along the coast to Terrace Bay in the Skeleton Coast Park. The most prominent shipwrecks along this part of the coast are the Montrose and Henrietta.

At the coast we access the roaring dunes by Land Rover, which always proves to be a stimulating experience. We also visit the beach with its profusion of multicolored pebbles consisting of agate, lava, granite and quartz. Interesting to see are old bleached whale bones scattered along the beach above the high tide mark.

We return to the aircraft and continue north to our Leylandsdrift camp in the Hoarusib Valley in the Kunene Region, where we stay for the night. All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Leylandsdrift Camp
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Day 3: Cultural immersion and riverside camping

Skeleton Coast

After breakfast we embark on a scenic drive along the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people. We might be lucky enough to come across the desert-dwelling elephant who frequent this valley.

From here we continue north along the Skeleton Coast by aircraft to the Kunene River acting as a border to Angola. The Kaiu Maru shipwreck and pieces from old sailing vessels lie scattered along this part of the coast.

From the airfield we take a scenic drive by Land Rover to our favorite lunch site. After lunch we continue through the mountains and dunes of the Hartmann Valley, which extends to the Kunene River, reaching our Kunene River camp in the late afternoon. All meals & activities included.

Destination: Namibia
Accommodation: Kunene River Camp
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Day 4: We bid you a very fond farewell!

Return to Windhoek

An early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through scenic desert landscape, observing bird life and possibly some crocodiles.

Birds vary from aquatic species on the perennial waters, to endemic desert varieties and those that inhabit dense riverine vegetation.

After lunch at the camp, we fly back to Eros Airport in Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon.

Destination: Windhoek
Accommodation:

Included

  • Rustic accommodation in far flung camps throughout the Skeleton Coast
  • Bucket showers & long-drop toilets
  • Safari by light aircraft and land-rover.
  • All meals, drinks & professionally guided activities
  • NB rates will be charged in US$ and the ZAR rate quoted is subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

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