Skeleton Coast Safaris - Skeleton Coast - Namibia

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The Skeleton Coast conjures up mysterious visions of mist-enshrouded beaches strewn with bleached whalebones and rusted shipwrecks. Stretching from the south of Namibia up into Angola, the Skeleton Coast and its hinterland is a landscape of haunting beauty, a vast area of rolling sand dunes, expanses of uninhabited desert plains, fossil beds, unique geological formations, desert adapted animals and strange vegetation.

Louw Schoeman, a lawyer by profession and pioneer of ecotourism in Namibia, came to know and love the Skeleton Coast and surrounding areas. This led him to take a leading role in its conservation and in the proclamation of the Skeleton Coast National Park in 1971. He then started Skeleton Coast Safaris, the enterprise that his children shared, continued and expanded upon, retaining his high standards and personal attention to details.

Everything is planned to surprise and delight adventurous souls. We use our own aircraft as a safari vehicle to transport you from one place of special interest to another, flying at "see" level to give you a breathtaking view before we land and explore by Land Rover or on foot.

During the course of a safari with us, you will experience 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. As our guest, you are 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.

A few of the highlights you may witness are: a desolate coastline with adjoining roaring dunes; Ugab rock formations; colourful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab; ancient Bushman rock engravings; the living "fossil" tree, Welwitschia Mirabilis; a visit to a settlement of the nomadic Himba people and panoramic vistas of the Hartmann Valley, which extends to the Kunene River on the Angolan border.

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.

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