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04–06 Day Skeleton Coast Fly–In Safari

The Skeleton Coast in Namibia stretches from the borders of Angola in the north, down to the south of the country and conjures up mysterious visions of mist–enshrouded beaches strewn with bleached whalebones and rusted shipwrecks. This is a landscape of haunting beauty, join this fly–in safari exploring the coastline both from a birds–eye perspective and from vehicles enjoying excursions to explore this remote area. Each night is spent in a different location in no–frill style camps. 2 Options here are given and extended tours to include Etosha are available.

Safari Highlights

Wild and desolate coastline with adjoining roaring dunes, colourful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab environs along with wonderful Ugab rock formations, ancient Bushman rock engravings, amongst gravel plains witness living “fossil” tree, Welwitschia Mirabilia, Visit nomadic Himba people in a traditional settlement, panoramic vistas of the Hartmann Valley, which extends to the Kunene River on the Angolan border

Safari Accommodation Options

Type Fly In Safari;
Length 04–06 days
Countries Namibia
Accommodation Accommodated
Departures On Request Departures
Group size Min: 2/ Max: 8
Single Supplement Yes
Minimum Age No age restrictions
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
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Accommodated Option
Day 1 Kuidas Camp
Day 2 Leylandsdrift Camp
Day 3 Kunene River Camp
Day 4 Return to Windhoek
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Price Per Person (based on twin share)
Accommodated Option A: US$8,335; Option B: with Sossusvlei excursion US$9,045 Same price all year
Please Note: 2020 rates
Single Supplement Yes
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Itinerary

Day 1: Kuidas Camp

Option A: Depart from Windhoek Eros Airport flying across to Conception Bay and Kuiseb Canyon enjoying spectacular views of the red oxidised dunes from the air, we fly over Eduard Bohlen shipwreck – now 200m inland and north where pale–yellow sand dunes fall into the pounding ocean. At Swakopmund we refuel then continue at low–level along the coastline passing Ugab rock formations and stark desert floors arriving at Kuidas Camp. We walk to nearby ancient Bushman engravings near to camp Option B: Depart from Windhoek Eros Airport early morning flying to Sesriem airstrip where we take a wonderful guided tour into the Sossusvlei dunes, some of the highest in the world and set in the oldest desert in the world. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Namibia’s top locations. Returning to our plane we fly across to Conception Bay and Kuiseb Canyon enjoying spectacular views of the red oxidised dunes from the air, we fly over Eduard Bohlen shipwreck – now 200m inland and north where pale–yellow sand dunes fall into the pounding ocean. At Swakopmund we refuel then continue at low–level along the coastline passing Ugab rock formations and stark desert floors arriving at Kuidas Camp. We walk to nearby ancient Bushman engravings near to camp

Day 2 Leylandsdrift Camp, Skeleton Coast

We explore the colourful sandstones amidst the Huab River from our land rovers this morning, where your knowledgeable guide explains the ecological aspects with its wide diversity of flora and fauna – see the strange and ethereal Welwitschia mirabilis that survives the harsh desert climate. Fly along the coast to Terrace Bay to witness shipwrecks such as Montrose and Henrietta and take to our vehicles again to access the intriguing roaring dunes – listen to this strange and stimulating sound before wandering along the beach with its array of agate, quartz, lava and granite stones, along with the occasional bleached whale bone. From here we fly onto our camp in Purros by Hoarusib Valley for the night.

Day 3 Kunene River Camp

From camp we head to a nearby Himba community where we learn about this semi–nomadic tribe and find out how they survive in today’s modern world, whilst still practicing their traditions. Flying north along the Skeleton Coast brings further shipwrecks before turning inland to the Kunene River, this is the natural border between Namibia and Angola. Hopping once again into our vehicles, we drive over dunes and mountains in the captivating landscapes of Hartmann’s Valley arriving at camp late afternoon

Day 4 Windhoek

We take to the river this morning on a boat cruise along the Kunene watching out for birds flying among the trees and lush vegetation bordering the river, crocs languish in the river, and it’s a complete contrast of our previous days. After lunch we return to Windhoek arriving late in the afternoon. Recommend an overnight stay or evening flight Note: camps are simple affairs, with twin–style, dome/meru style, bucket showers and chemical or flush toilets. The camps have a dining and relaxing area and candles add to the ambience. Good food, fine wine and great conversation finish it off.

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