Skeleton Coast Traverse
11 night / 12 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
- Kunene River Mouth
- Skeleton Coast Dune Driving
- Hartman’s Valley
- Green, Red & Blue Drum Crossings
- Hoarusib River
- Palmwag Concession Area
- Hoanib River Bush Camping
- Desert Elephants, Rhinos & Lions
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 never the less 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 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, jerry 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 Terrace Bay North
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: Terrace Bay North to Angra Fria Agate Mountain
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: Angra Fria Agate Mountain to Kunene Mouth
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 Mouth to Hartmann Valley
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 very spectacular spot with rock pools for swimming and a waterfall.
Crocodiles, hyena and leopards have been spotted here. We try and get here early to allow for swimming as well as sightseeing.
Day 6: Kunene River Bush Camp
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, take a swim, wash of the salt from the coastal drive and start getting ready for the next stage of our journey, south on the eastern border of the Skeleton Coast National Park.
Day 7: Kunene River to Puros Campsite
We make an early start and leave our lovely campsite on the Kunene 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, are 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 jerry cans into our vehciles and to refill our water containers.
Day 9: Puros to Mudarib Bush Campsite via Sesfontein
We make an early start , driving to Sesfontein where we will refuel our vehicles and jerry 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 River Bush Campsite
We get up early to maximize our chances of spotting Rhino in the area, Black Rhino have been known to frequent this area and they generally operate 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 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 where all the amenities are 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 every possibility of spotting Rhino.
We have lunch along the way under some lovely trees near a waterhole and after lunch we take on the road for the last stretch to Palmwag and our final dinner.
Day 12: Palmwag
After one last breakfast together our guide and crew bid the clients a fond farewell to take the road back to Windhoek.
You can refuel at Palmwag 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.