The dunes, canyons, mountains and saltpans of the Skeleton Coast lie north of Swakopmund, along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. As well as offering one of the most stunning landscapes on earth, the area is home to huge seal colonies and other interesting wildlife which has adapted to the area.
Here freshwater springs permeate the barren sands to create life-sustaining oases for small pockets of wildlife in the middle of the desert. Hartmann’s mountain zebra, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, Cape fur seals, brown hyena, giraffe and – occasionally – cheetah may all be found in this wild and rugged landscape.
Due to its pristine nature, much of the region is only accessible on foot; there is invariably an opportunity to visit a Himba settlement to appreciate the traditional lifestyle of these originally nomadic people.
There is much to see and experience, flying by light aircraft gives a great insight into this unique region – and offers fantastic views of various shipwrecks along the coastline.
Our Namibia's Desert & Coast itinerary provides a great way to combine the Skeleton Coast with the Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world.
Ideal for viewing: brown hyena, cape fur seal, desert elephant, gemsbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra
Where: Erongo & Kunene Regions, Namibia
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This is Namibia at its very best: a wilderness destination of outstanding beauty at every turn, taking you north to the salt pans of Etosha National Park, the remote Kunene and its desert elephant, before heading down the Skeleton Coast to the awesome Namib Desert. Choose between self drive or guided.
When to go: Apr-Jan
Duration inc. flights: 18 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,745 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
This guided small group trip explores the wilderness environments of the arid Namib Desert and the scenically dramatic Skeleton Coast. These remarkable landscapes and the highly-adapted wildlife that inhabits these desolate areas distinguish Namibia from any of its neighbours in Southern Africa.
When to go: May-Nov
Duration inc. flights: 12 days
Price inc. flights: From £5,195 pp
Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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This remote camp, with just seven tents, occupies a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern section of the private Palmwag Concession. Its scenic location is one of the most isolated areas of the Kaokoveld and only accessible by light aircraft.
Serra Cafema is perhaps the most remote camp in southern Africa, in the extreme north-west of Namibia – reachable only by light aircraft. Accommodation consists of eight fully-furnished Meru-style tents with a thatched roof, each set on spacious, elevated deck beside the river – a great place to relax.