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Explore the Skeleton Coast and Kunene River Mouth

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 R15,950
next trip 12 Apr 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

12 Apr 2020 - 20 Apr 2020
08 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020
29 Mar 2021 - 06 Apr 2021
16 May 2021 - 24 May 2021
08 Oct 2021 - 16 Oct 2021

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 actual Skeleton Coast Park at the Ugab River, stopping en route for lunch. Travel past Toscanini towards Terrace Bay for refuelling and arrive at our overnight campsite north of Terrace Bay.

Day 3

Travel to Möwe Bay and visit its interesting little museum until finally reaching 4x4 country to challenge the dunes, beaches and jeep tracks. Stop at the Ventura bomber crash site, then cross the great Hoarusib River towards Rocky Point. Continue from Rocky Point, travelling inland, remaining in the hills for the rest of the day. After passing Sarusas crystal mine we stop for the night to set up campsite between saltbushes.

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. Try for early arrival to allow for sightseeing and exploration of the area.

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.

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

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