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Explore Namibia: Remote, formidable Skeleton Coast.

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
price 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

CHILDREN & SINGLES

Children under the age of 10 LESS 50%
Single Person: A supplement charge of an additional 30%.

Day 1

Arrive in Swakopmund during the afternoon. The tents will be pitched upon your arrival and attention will be given to final logistical details to ensure that all requirements are met before heading into the wilderness the following day. Enjoy the evening around the campfire meeting your fellow travellers and crew, discussing the route itinerary and expectations for what the next day on the road will bring.

Day 2

Depart early after breakfast and relevant radio checks, heading north on the salt road to Cape Cross via Henties Bay. The barren landscape bristles with the history of diamonds, minerals and guano mining as well as shipwrecks. From Cape Cross, pass into the Skeleton Coast National Park at the Ugab River, stopping en route for lunch. Travel past Toscanini towards Terrace Bay.  Here we refuel our vehicles one last time and pitch camp north of Terrace Bay for the night.

Day 3

Today we proceed to Möwe Bay where we have a chance to view their little museum and finally enter 4x4 country, taking on the challenge of the dunes, beaches and jeep tracks. We stop at the Ventura bomber crash site and cross the great Hoarusib River towards Rocky Point. From Rocky Point we travel inland and stay in the hills for the remainder of the day. Once we pass Sarusas crystal mine, we set up camp between some salt bushes for the night.

Day 4

Depart for Kunene mouth after breakfast. This stretch involves actual beach driving past Angra Fria and the famous ‘Dunedin Star’ shipwreck site and huge salt pans. After passing Bosluis Bay we reach the Kunene River mouth with its famous wetlands boasting 72 different bird species as well as the Nile crocodile and soft-shelled terrapins. That evening relax around the campfire after a long day of driving to discuss the next day’s challenge of crossing the dunes into the Hartmann’s Valley.

Day 5

Depart in an easterly direction across the dunes to the Hartmann’s Valley, venturing as close to the thundering Kunene River as possible encountering beautiful, scenic spots along the way. Our spectacular campsite for the night is next to the Kunene River and there are also rock pools and a waterfall which are ideal for swimming. Try for early arrival to experience the swimming spot and some sightseeing. Crocodiles, hyenas and leopards have been spotted here.

Day 6

Another day and night is spent at the campsite to enjoy the beautiful scenery here where the Skeleton Coast Dunes meet the Kunene River and the remote Hartmann’s Valley. Enjoy an early morning drive to maximize the light for photography and then return to the campsite for a leisurely brunch. Occupy the rest of the day relaxing around the campsite or cooling off with a swim. Preparations are also made for the next stage of the journey.

Day 7

Depart early heading south along the Skeleton Coast National Park border, venturing down the Hartmann’s Valley to our overnight campsite at Puros. This shaded community campsite is next to the Hoarusib River and offers donkey boiler showers. The drive terrain will vary from sandy riverbeds to rocky jeep tracks. Along the way you could encounter wildlife such as zebra, giraffe and possibly elephants as well as plenty of gemsbok and springbok. It will be a leisurely drive to allow for ample photo opportunities. Arrive late afternoon at the already setup Puros campsite where the Bhejane crew will be busy with the necessary dinner preparations under the beautiful Ana Trees.

Day 8

Take the day to unwind and relax. Otherwise take a drive, accompanied by a guide, in search of the elusive desert elephants around the Hoarusib River. Preparations will be made to refill our vehicles with the reserved fuel as well as our water containers.

Day 9

Depart early for Sesfontein to stop for refuelling the vehicles and fuel containers for the last leg of the journey. There is also an opportunity to replenish snacks and beverages. Continue driving to reach the Ganamub Riverbed Trail, 30km outside of Sesfontein, which then leads to the Hoanib River trail. Stopping en route for lunch along the side of the road. The afternoon is spent driving in the Hoanib River with lots of possibilities to spot elephant, giraffe and other animals. Arrive late afternoon at our bush campsite in the Mudarib River with tents already pitched and coffee pot brewing on the campfire.

Day 10

Depart for an early morning game drive to maximize our chances of spotting Rhino in the area. Black Rhino have been known to frequent this area and are generally seen early morning or late afternoon/evening. Brunch will be served at the campsite. In the late afternoon we drive back down to the Hoanib River and enjoy a sundowner looking back towards the Skeleton Coast one last time before indulging in a sumptuous dinner prepared by our bush chef.

Day 11

Depart after breakfast to Palmwag, driving slowly over rocky jeep tracks. En route to our final destination there is a great possibility of spotting Rhino. Facilities at Palmwag include a swimming pool, hot showers as well as a bar stocked with ice cold beverages. Stop for lunch along the way at a shaded spot near a waterhole. Continue for the last stretch to Palmwag to enjoy our final dinner together.

Day 12

Everybody bids farewell after breakfast and the Bhejane crew take to the road again to begin their return trip to Windhoek. You can refuel at Palmwag and travel to your next destination. Otherwise Etosha Pan is nearby, or you can continue via Caprivi to Botswana or merely 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