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Skeleton Coast Flying Safari

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

1/5 Winging it over the desert - unbelievable colours and patterns all laid out beneath you
© Skeleton Coast Safaris Winging it over the desert - unbelievable colours and patterns all laid out beneath you
2/5 Discovering the roaring dunes
© Skeleton Coast Safari Discovering the roaring dunes
3/5 The wild northwest - wild, emptiness in the extreme
© Skeleton Coast Safari The wild northwest - wild, emptiness in the extreme
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5/5 Freedom to walk where there are no other people
© Skeleton Coast Safari Freedom to walk where there are no other people

Sensory overload - spectacular scenery, wonderful guiding, some of the most remote places in Africa

The Skeleton Coast Safari is one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you wish you could bottle and keep by your bed in case you feel like escaping reality for a few minutes. So outside the normal paradigms of everyday life, the safari takes you to places that you could only have imagined. Operated by the Schoeman family, the trip is a journey through Namibia’ phenomenal desert scenery, playground to the four brothers who guide you. Unlike textbook guides, the knowledge that these men have was acquired by osmosis through their upbringing alongside their wild and personable diamond-miner turned conservationist father.

From the rocky Khomas Hochland west of Windhoek, over the red sands of the Namib and up the thrashing Atlantic Coast, the journey is one of continual change. Flying low in a Cessna 210, you can really appreciate the beauty of nature’s design, and every now and then, you set down to get a closer look. Much of the pleasure of the trip is in the many surprises each day and I’m not going to spoil these, suffice to say that every moment is unique and special.

The family own a series of small rustic camps where you overnight. As the only visitors in an otherwise empty area, it is peace and quiet at its most extreme. The camps are simple but adequate – everything you need but nothing you don’t. Walk-in dome tents, bucket showers and shared flush toilets are more than adequate for a night in each place. The food is delicious, home-cooked fare prepared by a small team of dedicated staff.

Highlights of the trips include drives into the “roaringî dunes of the Skeleton Coast in ancient landrovers, held together with rust and barnacles, which reside on isolated strips, walks into insanely ancient canyons to examine the geology and get a glimpse of “living fossilî plants. At the end of the safari, you truly feel as though you have trodden where very few people have been before and that is indeed a privilege.

Accommodation:

Simple dome tents with camp beds, private bucket shower & shared toilets

Experience:

Sensory overload - spectacular scenery, wonderful guiding, some of the most remote places in Africa

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About Skeleton Coast and Namibia

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4/5 The huge and rather stinky seal colony
The huge and rather stinky seal colony
5/5 A different perspective on the wildlife - gemsbok from the air
A different perspective on the wildlife - gemsbok from the air

Skeleton Coast

Sounding like something out of a pirate movie, the Skeleton Coast is indeed littered with the carapaces of ships that didn’t make a clean passage along this treacherous length of Africa’s Altantic coastline. Half-buried under sand, gnawed by rust and wind, the sculptured hulls have somehow become an apt memorial to man’s inability to tame the elements. Indeed, it’s not only the ships that give the place its name; human skeletons of those that failed to launch their boats back into the pounding surf have also been found here to add to the bones of whales and seals from commercial whaling and the fur-trade. Read more?

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2/5 Some of the highest dunes in the world
Some of the highest dunes in the world
3/5 The craggy mountains of the Naukluft against the red dunes of the Namib - surreal colours, no matter what time of day
The craggy mountains of the Naukluft against the red dunes of the Namib - surreal colours, no matter what time of day
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Namibia

If you are considering travelling to Namibia, chances are you are looking for something out of the ordinary.  A journey through Namibia is all about daily surprises; the impossible number of stars, the expanse of views over desert mountains, the improbable salmon-pink of sand-dunes at sunrise, the ingenuity of small creatures adapted to the harsh environment, the ochre and leather dress of the Himba and petticoated dresses of the Herero, the first taste of ostrich biltong and the excellent seafood. Some recommended experiences in Namibia Family safari through Namib desert An ideal safari holiday for the family, exploring the deserts of Namibia. A safe environment, comfortable accommodation, flexibility plus loads to do. See more and book Flying safari on the Skeleton Coast A special flying safari in a light aircraft, with an expert guide and pilot along Namibia's wild Skeleton Coast. Remote camps, unbelievable scenery. Find out more Mobile safaris in remote NW Namibia A mobile safari and wild camping is one of the few, & best, ways to properly experience the surreal landscape of the Kunene in the remote northwest Nambia. Find out more Camping safari in Sandwich Bay Visit Sandwich Bay, disappear into the remote Namib desert to discover desert-adapted species, gemstones beneath your feet and to sleep beneath the stars . Find out more Read more?

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