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“WHAT an AMAZING trip! Our guides were EXCELLENT! Both so knowledgeable and pleasant and always kind and helpful. Great team job! ”

Federica de' Micheli

Faces of the Skeleton Coast

During this expedition we will be driving along a stretch of desolate coastline where very few people have set foot before.

  • Kunene River Mouth
  • Hartman Valley
  • Purros
  • Angra Fria
  • Kaokoveld

Overview

The Skeleton Coast is infamous for the many ship wrecks along its inhospitable shores. Tales of immense suffering and loss of life, but also of miraculous escapes and heroic recues in years gone by add to the fascinating experience of travelling along this coast up to the Kunene River mouth, where Namibia and Angola meet. The mighty Kunene’s emerald green water carves a deep gorge through massive black rock formations and majestic yellow sand dunes on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. This area was previously closed to the general public, but has recently been opened up to allow only a handful of visitors per year to experience its barren beauty and share in its rich history. To make the experience even more rewarding, a stretch of 65 km of driving up huge sand dunes and sliding down the steep slip faces lies ahead as we turn east to cross the Namib desert. The return trip through the Hartmann Valley with its vast grasslands, mysterious fairy circles and abundance of game offers an unique experience of its own. This is an expedition not to miss out on!

Itinerary

Day 1: Swakopmund direction Rocky Point +/- 500km

We meet in Swakopmund at 07h45 (RSA time) with full tanks where we hand out communication radio’s for each vehicle and organise the convoy for departure at 08h00.
We travel via Cape Cross to Terrace Bay, where we need to refuel once more.
Petrol vehicles need at least 250ltrs fuel and Diesel vehicles 220ltrs from Terrace Bay for the trip.

From Terrace Bay we travel to Möve Bay where the official road ends and enter the beach (tide depending). We proceed a few kilometers North of Möve Bay where we will seek shelter near the beach and set up camp for the night.

Day 2: Möve Bay to Angra Fria +/- 150km

Today we will travel along the beach (tide depending) past the Hoarusib River mouth. En route we will stop at the wreckage of the Ventura bomber involved in the rescue of the stranded passengers from the Dunedin Star. We travel past Rocky Point, the Khumib and Hoanib river mouth and all the way to Angra Fria where camp will be set up either on the beach (weather depending) or amongst some lava hills.

Day 3: Towards Kunene-mouth +/- 120km

After breakfast we venture towards the Kunene mouth. This involves beach travelling past the famous Dunedin Star wreck site and huge salt pans.
Once we passed Bosluis Bay we will reach the Kunene River mouth with its famous wetlands inhabited by 72 different bird species, as well as the Nile crocodile (NO swimming!) and soft-shelled terrapins (turtles).

Day 4: Kunene-mouth to Hartmann Valley +/- 65km

Today will be dune driving day in a easterly direction all the way to the Hartmann Valley. We will stay as close to the thundering Kunene River as possible, with beautiful, scenic spots along the way.
Tonight’s camp will be set up next to the Kunene River at a very spectacular spot with rock pools for swimming.
This place can only be visited with capable vehicles as getting back up from the Kunene is not possible for normal aspirated Diesels or other underpowered vehicles.

Day 5: Kunene to Marble Campsite +/- 120km

We leave the Kunene and travel down the Hartmann Valley until we reach the Marble Campsite, a Community Camp with all the luxuries. We will spot wildlife, such as zebra, giraffe and possibly rhino along the way, as well as plenty oryx and springbok. The routes are slow and scenery can therefore be enjoyed to its fullest.

Day 6: Marble campsite to Purros +/- 80km

We visit the marble quarry and then travel towards the Hoarusib River. Today will be a slow drive and elephants are on the ‘scenic menu’ as we will definitely encounter them.

The river is lushly vegetated with Mopani trees and large Makalani palm trees. The drive will vary from sandy riverbeds to rocky ‘twee spoor’ tracks and we will call today the ‘elephant day’.

The drive will take the whole day until we reach Purros Community Camp, where we will camp amongst the elephants, which will keep our adrenaline pumping due to their continuous presence during the night.

This is our last evening together. Walking around at night time is a ‘no-no’ due to the presence of the elephants.

Day 7:

After one last breakfast together we travel towards Sesfontein/Palmwag for refuelling, and then everybody will travel by themselves to their own destinations – Etosha Pan is nearby, or you can continue via Caprivi to Botswana or merely travel via Kamanjab to Windhoek or optionally via Khorixas (Damaraland) back to Swakopmund.

Dates

2020 Dates: 

  • 29 December 2020 – 4 January 2021

2021 Dates:

  • 4 – 10 April 2021 
  • 9 – 15 June 2021 
  • 6 – 12 July 2021 (Fully booked)
  • 16 - 22 July 2021 (Fully booked)
  • 9 – 15 October 2021 
  • 7 – 13 December 2021
  • 18 - 24 December 2021


Rates

TOUR PRICES VALID UNTIL 30 JUNE 2021:

Adult: R 13,950.00
Child aged 0-5 years: R 2,480.00
Child aged 6-16 years: R 3,980.00
Child aged 17 years: R 7,300.00
Single Supplement: R 1,750.00
*single supplement added to vehicle with only one adult.

NOTE:

  • Rates are applicable to SADC Residents only.
  • This tour operates on a minimum of 20 adult guests travelling.
  • Special terms & conditions apply to any tour booked on an exclusive private basis.
  • Prices for concession fees, taxes, park fees and fuel may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be for the traveller’s account.
  • This tour is offered in partnership with the concession holder, Skeleton Coast Adventure Tours / OIG.

Included

  • 2 meals daily – Breakfast and Dinner
  • Experienced guides with own vehicles
  • Tour leader
  • Two-way radios for vehicles
  • Camping fees
  • Concession fees
  • Park entry fees & permits.

Excluded

  • Transport
  • Fuel
  • Camping gear
  • Travel insurance and vehicle insurance
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Accommodation in Swakopmund