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Skeleton Coast Flying Safari
Best time to go: April to September
3 Nights | from £5,870pp
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The Skeleton Coast is one of the most remarkable natural landscapes on our planet, and warrants exploration in its own right. This special safari introduces you to all that we think is great about the area - from stunning geological formations, such as towering red sand dunes and black ridges which rise out of white desert, to remarkable desert-adapted bird and wildlife, and the native Himba people.
- Discover the stark beauty of the Skeleton Coast
- Fly over the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay
- Visit the nomadic Himba people
Day 1 - Windhoek/Cape Cross/Huab River
Valley Meet your guide this morning at Eros Airport, Windhoek to depart for the Skeleton Coast via Conception Bay. The Kuiseb canyon and adjoining red dunes are a spectacular view from the air. The flight includes an aerial view of the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay. After landing and refuelling at Swakopmund, you'll continue with a low level flight north along the Skeleton Coast, past the seal colony at Cape Cross, stopping for a light picnic lunch near the beach. After lunch, cross the desert by aircraft to the phenomenal 'moon landscape' of the Ugab formations, where numerous black ridges rise from the ground in stark contrast to the white desert floor. Later you'll proceed to Kuidas camp in the Huab River Valley for the night. Ancient rock engravings are found amongst the rocks within walking distance of the camp.
Day 2 - Huab River/Hoarusib
Valley After breakfast, depart with your guide by Land Rover to explore the colourful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab River environs and to be introduced to the vast array of flora and fauna in the area. This includes the Welwitschia Mirabilis, a plant that has been dwarfed by the rigours of the encroaching desert climate. Lunch will be at Kuidas camp before flying along the coast to Terrace Bay in the Skeleton Coast Park. The most prominent shipwrecks along this part of the coast are the Montrose and Henrietta. At the coast, access the roaring dunes by Land Rover, which always proves to be a stimulating experience. You'll also visit the beach with its profusion of multicoloured pebbles consisting of agate, lava, granite and quartz. Several of the old bleached whale bones which gave the Skeleton Coast its name are scattered along the beach above the high tide mark. Later, return to the aircraft and continue north to Leylands Drift Camp in the Hoarusib Valley.
Day 3 - Hoarusib Valley/Hartmann
Valley After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive along the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people.En route, you might be lucky enough to come across the desert-dwelling elephant that frequent this valley. From here you will continue north along the Skeleton Coast by aircraft to the Kunene River, which acts as a border with Angola. The Kaiu Maru shipwreck and pieces from old sailing vessels lie scattered along this part of the coast. From the airfield, take a scenic drive by Land Rover to our favourite lunch site. After lunch, continue through the mountains and dunes of the Hartmann Valley - which extends to the Kunene River - reaching your Kunene River camp in the late afternoon.
Day 4 - Kunene River/Windhoek
Take an early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through scenic desert landscape, observing bird life and possibly some crocodiles as you go. Birds vary from aquatic species on the perennial waters to endemic desert varieties and those that inhabit dense riverine vegetation. After lunch at the camp, fly back to Eros Airport,Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. However, as a guide, this 4 day Skeleton Coast Flying Safari itinerary will cost from £5,870 per person based on two adults sharing excludes flights from the UK and subject to availability.
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12 hours 30 minutes via Johannesburg
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
April - October
The best time to visit Namibia is between April and October, the days are warm and sunny and rainfall at a minimum. The wet season arrives in December and generally runs through until March.