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The Skeleton Coast is one of the most stunning landscapes on earth. Its dunes, canyons, mountains and saltpans lie north of Swakopmund along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. 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.

The area is vast, with towering dunes, deep canyons, mountains and saltpans. 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 oldest desert in the world. You can also combine these destinations on our small group trip with Jonathan and Angie Scott who are award-winning authors and internationally renowned wildlife photographers.  Alternatively, we can tailor-make an itinerary to suit your requirements.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown hyena, cape fur seal, desert elephant, gemsbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra
  • Where: Erongo & Kunene Regions, Namibia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Land of Contrasts Self-drive

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
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Namibia’s Desert & Coast

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. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

This remote camp occupies a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. This scenic location between the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park is one of the most isolated areas of the Kaokoveld.

Serra Cafema

This 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.