Skeleton Coast Dunes
8 night / 9 day (Tented)
The Skeleton Coast is a unique part of the West of Namibia, on first impression it 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.
With the Bhejane 4x4 Adventure Team, you will experience the Skeleton Coast and its unexpected beauty like never before. Our tours are conducted in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner.
- Skeleton Coast National Park
- Skeleton Coast Concession Area
- Skeleton Coast Dune Driving
- Kunene River Mouth
- Hartman’s Valley
- Green, Orange & Blue Drum Crossings
- Hoarusib River
On this specific tour:
- 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.
- You do not need any previous sand and rock driving experience.
- Petrol vehicles will need at least 250 liters of fuel and diesel vehicles 220 liters (this is inclusive of what is in your on-board fuel tanks)
- Bhejane provides all the tents and camping equipment and sets up and takes down the camps.
Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of biological, cultural, historic and four-wheel drive knowledge.
Three meals a day will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old “koffie pot” will be on the fire from six till late.
Though this self-drive adventure can get “exciting” and is sometimes not a “walk in the park”, we will at all times practice safe off-road driving techniques and should you experience any difficulty, the Bhejane crew have the “know how” and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems.
Some of our overnight stops will be rustic and unusual, but you will at all times be safe, the crew will spare no effort to make you comfortable, provide you with good wholesome food and, most importantly, see that you have a good time.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Swakopmund
Our group assembles in Swakopmund during the afternoon where our tents are already setup and we have the opportunity to sort out all the final logistical details such as fueling our vehicles, Gerry cans and water containers. Making sure nothing is left to chance as we will be heading into the wilderness the following day. The evening is spent around the fire meeting our fellow travelers and the crew and discussing the route itinerary and what to expect on our first day on the road.
Day 2- Swakopmund to Mowe Bay
We leave Swakopmund the next morning after an early breakfast and radio check, we head 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 we enter the actual Skeleton Coast Park at the Ugab River, stopping on the road for lunch. We venture past Toscanini and on to Terrace Bay. Here we refuel our vehicles one last time and pitch camp north of Terrace Bay for the night.
Day 3: Mowe Bay to Sarusa Springs
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: Sarusa Springs to Kunene River mouth Area
After breakfast we venture towards the Kunene-mouth. This involves pure beach driving past Angra Fria and the famous ‘Dunedin Star’ wreck site and huge salt pans. Once we have passed Bosluis Bay we will reach the Kunene River mouth with its famous wetlands, here 72 different bird species are found as well as the Nile crocodile and soft-shelled terrapins. After a long day of driving, we relax around the fire tonight, discussing the challenge of crossing the dunes into the Hartman’s Valley the next day.
Day 5: Kunene River-Mouth to Hartmann Valley Dunes
Today will be spent dune-driving in an easterly direction all the way to Hartmann’s Valley. We will be
staying as close to the thundering Kunene River as possible, with beautiful, scenic spots along the way. At the end of the day we will set up camp next to the Kunene River at a spectacular spot. We try and get here early to allow for sightseeing.
Day 6: Dunes Camp to Hartmann Valley
We are spending another day and night at our Kunene river bush campsite, giving us the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery where the Skeleton Coast Dunes meet the Kunene River and the wondrous Hartmann’s Valley. We go for an early morning drive to maximize the light for photography and come back to camp for a relaxed brunch at our campsite. The rest of the day we relax around camp.
Day 7: Hartmann Valley to Puros campsite
We make an early start and leave our lovely campsite in the Hartman Valley and head south, we will drive on the border of the Skeleton Coat national park today and make our way down the Hartmann’s Valley toward our campsite for the night at Puros, a community camp with donkie showers and lovely shade trees in the Hoarusib River.
The drive will vary from sandy riverbeds to rocky jeep track. We could spot wildlife, such as 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 setup and the crew is getting dinner ready under the beautiful Anna Trees.
Day 8: Puros community campsite
After our long day on the road the previous day we indulge in a slow day around camp, those of you who want to be welcome to go for a drive with the guide to search for the elusive desert elephants in the Hoarusib River. We will make use of the down time to empty our Gerry cans into our vehicles and to refill our water containers.
After one last breakfast together our guide and crew bid the clients a fond farewell to take the road back to Sesfontein. You can refuel at Sesfontein and travel to your next destination –Etosha Pan is nearby, or you can continue via Caprivi to Botswana or merely travel via Kamanjab to Windhoek.
We will supply:
- Two-way radios to all vehicles
- Guide & guide vehicle
- Wind shelter, shower & toilet facilities
- Additional vehicle to carry logistics
- 3 Meals per day
- Water (for kitchen only)
Clients to supply / bring: (NO TRAILERS ALLOWED!)
- Mattress, sleeping bag / blanket, chairs (folding table - small)
- One bag wood per vehicle
- Shade (umbrella)
- Water for own consumption (minimum 20ltrs) & showering/washing (to cater for the days on which we are ‘wild camping’).
- At Puros- and Marble campsites water is available.
- Beverages, drinks & snacks for lunch
- Strong garbage bags – Clients will have to carry their own garbage/waste!
- Sufficient fuel: Total distance to be covered approx. 1150km (Swakopmund – Sesfontein)
- Last opportunity for refueling will be at Terrace Bay (+/-370km from Swakopmund).
- Guideline – Petrol vehicles: 2.5 - 3km / liter
- Diesel vehicles: 4km / liter
- Petrol vehicles: +/- 260ltrs
- Diesel vehicles: +/- 220ltrs
- Personal items, such as medication, sunblock, torch, camera, batteries etc.
- 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
- Roof racks only to be loaded with maximum weight of 50-75kg (i.e. bedding or tents)
- Roof racks: Jerry cans with fuel may be loaded on roof rack as dune driving only start on the 4th day of the trip
- More than one rooftop tent not permitted
- Travel insurance and medical evacuation:
- You need to arrange for your own travel insurance and medical evacuation service in case of a Medical emergency
- Please supply detail of this information that we know whom to contact in case of an emergency