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Namibia | Skeleton Coast Kunene River

Situated in Namibia's northern Atlantic coast just south of Angola from the Kunene River to the Swakops River - this fascinating & desolate area on first impression looks deserted, uninviting and devoid of any life but the Skeleton Coast is full of surprises, filled with rich treasures of discovery for those fascinated by its unique beauty and wild life.

tour duration 9 Days
from R14,250
next trip 08 Oct 2020
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The Skeleton Coast, a unique part of the West of Namibia on first impression looks deserted, uninviting and devoid of any life but the Skeleton Coast is full of surprises, filled with rich treasures of discovery for those fascinated by its unique beauty and wild life. Highlights of this trip include the Skeleton Coast National Park and Skeleton Coast Concession Area, Skeleton Coast Dune Driving, the rugged and very beautiful Kunene River Mouth and Hartman’s Valley, Green, Orange & Blue Drum Crossings, Puros and Hoarusib River

On this specific trip, you will need a four-wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance and low range, the tyres on your vehicle cannot be low profile road tyres but must be high profile floating tyres with off road capabilities and you do not need any previous sand and rock driving experience!

Included

All meals
Lodge Accommodation
Professional guide

Excluded

Border Crossing fees & road taxes
Guide Gratuity
Out of country medical emergency evacuation cover

Tour Dates

08 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020 - R14,250.00
29 Mar 2021 - 06 Apr 2021 - R17,500.00
01 Oct 2021 - 09 Oct 2021 - R17,500.00

Day 1

St Nowhere Spa & Campsite

The tour group meets at St Nowhere Spa & Campsite in the afternoon where the Bhejane crew will be waiting with your tents already set up. Each vehicle must ensure that all final logistical details (filling of fuel tanks, Jerry cans and water containers, etc.) are done before meeting at the turn-off to St Nowhere. Making sure nothing is left to chance as we will be heading into the wilderness the following day. The evening is spent around the campfire meeting our fellow travelers and the crew. At dinner time we'll discuss the route itinerary and what to expect on our first day on the road.

Day 2

St Nowhere to Khumib River

After early morning breakfast we leave St Nowhere Spa & Campsite and head north on the salt road. On the road today we'll encounter barren landscapes which has been the site of diamond, mineral and guano mining operations for many decades. We also catch a glimpse of the infamous coastline that has claimed dosens of shipwrecks over many centuries.

We enter the Skeleton Coast National Park at the Ugab River entrance gate and soon after we stop for lunch along the road. We venture past Toscanini and on to Terrace Bay where we refuel our vehicles one last time. We carry on past Möwe Bay and cross over the Hoarusib River before pitching our camp for the evening in the area of the Khumib River.

Day 3 & 4

Khumib River to Kunene River

After early morning breakfast we leave St Nowhere Spa & Campsite and head north on the salt road. On the road today we'll encounter barren landscapes which has been the site of diamond, mineral and guano mining operations for many decades. We also catch a glimpse of the infamous coastline that has claimed dosens of shipwrecks over many centuries.

We enter the Skeleton Coast National Park at the Ugab River entrance gate and soon after we stop for lunch along the road. We venture past Toscanini and on to Terrace Bay where we refuel our vehicles one last time. We carry on past Möwe Bay and cross over the Hoarusib River before pitching our camp for the evening in the area of the Khumib River.

Day 5

Kunene River into the Dunes

Today's adventure is a full day of dune-driving in an easterly direction towards the Hartmann’s Valley. Our aim is to pitch our next camp as close to the thundering Kunene River as possible and naturally we'll be taking the scenic route to get there. We aim to arrive in the early afternoon in order to have enough time for sightseeing as this is a truly glorious setting!

Day 6

Dunes Camp to Hartmann's Valley

After waking up in one of the most beautiful campsites you'll ever experience, another day in the dunes await as we make our way to the wondrous Hartmanns Valley. We eventually exit the dunes and spend the night in the stunning valley. Around the campfire we share memories of the past few days as the rugged coastline is now behind us and the second part of our journey, southward through the interior of the Skeleton Coast, starts in earnest the following morning.

Day 7

Hartmann's Valley to Puros Campsite

We make an early start and head south through the Hartmann's Valley and along the eastern border of the Skeleton Coast National Park. Our next overnight stop is at Puros, a community campsite with donkie showers and lovely large shade trees on the banks of the Hoarusib River.

Today's drive will vary from sandy riverbeds to rocky jeep tracks. We have a good chance at spotting wildlife including zebra, giraffe and possibly elephants along the way, as well as plenty of gemsbok and springbok. It is a long day, but we will travel slowly so we can make the most of photo opportunities along this scenic drive. We reach Puros in the late afternoon where camp has already been set up and the crew is getting dinner ready.

Day 8

Puros Community Campsite

After yesterday's long day on the road, today is a relaxed day spent in and around camp. For those who are interested, a drive with the guide is on offer to go in search of elusive desert elephants in the riverbed of the Hoarusib River. We will also make use of the downtime to empty our jerry cans into our vehicles and to refill our water containers.

Day 9

Farewell

After one last breakfast together our guide and crew bid you a fond farewell. From Puros a gravel road leads south to Sesfontein where you can refuel and travel onwards to your next destination. From here the choice is yours: The popular Etosha Pan is nearby, you can continue via the Caprivi to Botswana or merely travel via Kamanjab to Windhoek.

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Namibia

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1 150kms (Swakopmund – Sesfontein)

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Swakopmund

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4x4 with high ground clearance and high flotation tyres a necessity
You will need to know how your 4x4 operates, its capabilities and its functions
You must know how to apply the 4x4 settings
250L fuel range is needed so dependent on your vehicle capacity, jerry cans may be required
Not everyone is comfortable driving in the dunes and in thick sand, so our team is able to help – this is not a hectic dune driving adventure!

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Not permitted on this tour

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Rooftop tents are not permitted

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Day 1: Toilets & Hot Showers (Swakopmund)
Days 2 – 6: Bush toilet and Bucket Showers
Days 7 & 8: Toilets & Hot Showers (Puros)

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Only on the first day

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None

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Not required for South African passport holders.
Passport must be valid for 6 months & have at least 2 blank pages