The Skeleton Coast Flying Safari is one of those memorable life experiences that you wish you could bottle, to pop open when the hustle and cacophony of civilisation gets too much – just to feel what silence and space feels like again. Each hour presents new surprises, and with the special interpretation provided by your guide, a member of the Schoeman family, the place comes to life.
It’s hard to sum up the Skeleton Coast succinctly. In general it is vast and breath-takingly empty. From the air, it possesses a whole new dimension. Ancient watercourses become striking patterns, like lace, spread beneath you. Rock formations created millions of years ago, are flung into relief in the late afternoon sun to resemble a sheaf of paper rippling across the earth. The bright stretches of ochre sand, the reds and purples of basalt mountains are all quite astonishing when you are seeing them with your own eyes. Photographs just can’t do it justice.
Catherine's long experience of, and enthusiasm for Africa, makes her a mine of travel information. Add to the mix her vivacious character and inscrutable attention to detail and there are few people you'd rather have plan your holiday.