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Namibia | Skeleton Coast Traverse

Join us on an 11 night / 12-day exploration of the Namibia's unique Skeleton Coast situated in Western Namibia. At first glance, this area looks deserted, uninviting and devoid of any life. On closer inspection, however, you will discover that this region is full of surprises and the most amazing wildlife. The Bhejane crew will take you on an experience unlike any other as we ride on tricky paths and visit remote and untouched areas of the African continent.

tour duration 12 Days
from R19,750
next trip 28 Aug 2020
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Experience one of Africa's great untouched wildernesses, christened by the San as "the land God made in anger". The Skeleton Coast is about as far off the beaten track as one can get, a formidable landscape of soaring dunes and icy oceans whose treacherous conditions have claimed many passing ships - it is both fascinating & unspoiled.

Included

All meals
Professional guide
Tented Accommodation

Excluded

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

Tour Dates

28 Aug 2020 - 08 Sep 2020 - R19,750.00
28 Aug 2021 - 08 Sep 2021 - R21,950.00

Day 1

St Nowhere Spa and 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 area

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

A hearty breakfast is the perfect fuel to prepare us for today's venture towards the Kunene River mouth. The journey involves pure beach driving past the Sarusas crystal mine, remnants of Strand Loper settlements, Angra Fria, huge salt pans and the famous Dunedin Star wreck site Shortly after we have pass Bosluis Bay we will reach the Kunene River mouth. The spectacular river mouth is home to expansive wetlands with over 72 different bird species, Nile crocodiles and even soft-shelled terrapins.

After a long day of driving we relax around the fire in the evening and discuss the challenge of how to relax the next day! On the schedule for the following day is another visit to the Kunene River mouth to experience it in different conditions followed by sundowners at a viewpoint in the dunes. Later we discuss the challenge of crossing the dunes into the Hartmann's Valley the following day.

Day 5

Kunene River Mouth 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

Puros Campsite to Mudarib via Sesfontein

We make an early start , driving to Sesfontein where we will refuel our vehicles and gerry cans for the last stage of our journey, we also have an opportunity to do some shopping at the cuca shops in Sesfontein, if you are running low on snacks and beverages. After our stop we leave Sesfontein behind and make lunch outside of town beside the road, 30 km outside of Sesfontein we enter the Ganamub riverbed trail which leads us to the Hoanib river trail. The afternoon is spent driving in the Hoanib River with lots of possibilities to spot elephant, giraffe and other animals. We reach our bush campsite in the late afternoon in the Mudarib River where our tents have already been setup and the coffee is ready on the fire.

Day 10

Mudarib Bush River Campsite

We get up early to maximize our chances of spotting rhino in the area. Black rhinos have been known to frequent this area and they are generally active during the evening and early morning. After our morning game drive we head back to camp for brunch.

In the late afternoon we drive back down to the Hoanib River and enjoy a sundowner at a viewpoint looking back towards the Skeleton Coast one last time before indulging in a sumptuous dinner prepared by our bush chef.

Day 11

Mudarib River to Palmwag

After breakfast we head to our final destination, Palmwag. Here we suddenly have all the luxurious modern amenities available, including a swimming pool, hot showers and a bar with ice cold beverages.

We take it slow today as the driving is along rocky jeep tracks with a high possibility of spotting Rhino. We have lunch along the way under some lovely shade trees near a waterhole, after which we take to the road again for the last stretch to Palmwag. Her we share and our final dinner together.

Day 12

Palmwag - Farewell

After one last breakfast together our guide and crew bid you a fond farewell. You can refuel at Palmwag and from here the next destination your choice: The popular Etosha Pan is nearby, you can continue via the Caprivi to Botswana or simply travel via Kamanjab to Windhoek.

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Namibia

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Approximately 1 585kms

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Swakopmund

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4x4 with good ground clearance & low range
No previous sand & rock driving experience required
Petrol vehicles: 260L inclusive of what is in your onboard tanks
Diesel vehicles: 220L inclusive of what is in your onboard tanks
• Make sure that your 4x4 is mechanically fit
• 4x4 vehicle to be fitted with ‘high flotation’ tyres (no tube type tyres)
• Pump & pressure gauge
• Emergency gear, tools & parts
• Recovery point/hook – front & rear

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Not on this trip

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Not on this trip

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Swakopmund: full ablutions
Days 2 - 6: Bucket shower and long drop
Puros: full ablutions
Mudarib: Bucket shower and long drop
Palmwag: full ablutions

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Only while at Swakopmund and Palmwag

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Only at Swakopmund

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Not required for South African passport holders