Skeleton Coast
Flying Safari

Flying up Namibia’s skeleton coast to land in impossibly remote and beautiful spots is a safari you’ll never forget

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About Flying Safaris

The Skeleton Coast flying safari is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences you wish you could bottle and keep by your bed in case you feel like escaping reality for a few minutes.

Far beyond the paradigms of everyday life, the multi-stop safari takes you to places you could only have imagined. Operated by the Schoeman family, the trip is a journey through Namibia’s phenomenal desert scenery; playground to the four brothers who guide you since childhood.

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. Your journey over a number of days will fly you over dramatic skeleton coast and up to the border with Angola in the Kunene region.

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WHY WE LOVE FLYING SAFARIS

Much of the pleasure of the trip is in the many surprises each day and these shouldn’t be spoiled here, suffice to say that every moment is unique and special.

The family own a series of small rustic camps where you stay overnight. As the only visitors in an otherwise empty area, it is peace and quiet at its most extreme.

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BEST TIME TO GO ON A SKELETON COAST FLYING SAFARI

The flying safari operates throughout the year but with a fog belt, which is often present on the coast, temperatures on your trip could vary considerably.

Temperatures tend to be warm in the mornings and usually start cooling off in the afternoons. The lack of moisture, a clear night sky often brings in rather chilly nights.

BEST TIME TO GO ON A SKELETON COAST FLYING SAFARI

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“Over the years the Schoemans have perfected what they do, not only the complicated logistics of supplying and maintaining such remote camps, and the planes and Land Rovers, but the pacing and presentation of the safari. It unfolds like a three-act play, with thrills, laughs and intermissions in all the right places, and a steadily building a sense of drama.
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THE SCHOEMAN BROTHERS

Set up in 1977 Skeleton Coast Safaris is operated by four brothers who had the Skeleton Coast as their playground growing up.

Their father’s passion and enthusiasm for the desert rubbed off and today the Schoeman brothers are regarded as the experts on the semi-desert of Namibia.

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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

By day you’ll land on beaches in the middle of nowhere, touch down in remote desert canyons that feel like they’ve never seen a human.

Fly in intense evening light over magical landscapes populated with magnificently marked oryx, run down monstrous dunes and crawl into caves to discover bushman rock art.

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AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NOTHING ELSE

The danger these days, with too much information too readily available, is that you might – if you’re unlucky – discover too much about this trip before you get there.

All we can say is that this would be a real shame. Resist the urge to over research this, trust to more than 40 years of Schoeman know-how and you’ll most likely be letting yourself in for a treat that you’ll never forget.

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.

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Flying Safari (FAQs) Need to Know

What is a flying safari?

In a country as vast as Namibia, a flying safari gives you a unique birds-eye view of extraordinary sights from shipwrecks to ancient geological formations to rare desert dwelling animals. 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.

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