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Sossusvlei, Etosha & Skeleton Coast Safari


TOURDESCRIPTION1 Sossusvlei, Etosha & Skeleton Coast Safari

During the course of this Skeleton Coast safari, you will experience fascinating bird’s-eye views of shipwreck remains along the coast, diverse and ever-changing geological formations and the refuges of desert-dwelling animals such as the endangered black rhino and desert-adapted elephant. As our guest, you are taken on excursions by aircraft and Land Rover vehicles to be introduced to the scenic and ecological aspects of the environment with its wide diversity of flora and fauna.


SAFARISNAPSHOT1 Sossusvlei, Etosha & Skeleton Coast Safari
Day 1 Huab River Valley
Day 2 Kunene Region
Day 3 Hartmann Valley
Day 4 Etosha National Park
Day 5 Your Journey Ends
SAFARIHIGHLIGHTS Sossusvlei, Etosha & Skeleton Coast Safari
  • Desolate skeleton coastline
  • Roaring sand dunes
  • Ugab rock formations
  • Ancient rock engravings
  • The living “fossil” tree
  • Roaring sand dunes
  • Himba people
  • Hartmann Valley

DAY 1 SOSSUSVLEI / SKELETON COAST – HUAB RIVER VALLEY

We meet at Eros Airport, Windhoek at 07h00 for an early morning flight to Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft Park. Sossusvlei is reputed to have the highest dunes in the world, and the view of the shadow-lined dunes from the air is well worth seeing. We land at Sesriem from where we undertake an excursion by vehicle into the dunes. The dunes reach heights of 300m or more and for those inclined and fit enough to climb them, this might pose a challenge. We return to the aircraft and fly along the coast via Conception Bay towards Swakopmund. The flight includes an aerial view of the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay.

After landing and refuelling at Swakopmund, we continue with a low-level flight north along the Skeleton Coast past the seal colony at Cape Cross for a light picnic lunch near the beach. Thereafter we fly east, over the desert, to the Ugab formations–a nearly lifeless ‘moon landscape’ of numerous black ridges that stand out in stark contrast to the white desert floor–before landing at Kuidas camp in the Huab River Valley, where we stay for the night. Ancient rock engravings are found amongst the rocks within walking distance of the camp.

Overnight: Kuidas Camp (B, L, D & Select Beverages)


DAY 2 SKELETON COAST – KUNENE REGION

After breakfast we depart by Land Rover to explore the colorful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab River environs and to be introduced to the ecological aspects of this area with its wide diversity of flora and fauna. This includes the Welwitschia Mirabilis, a tree that has been dwarfed by the rigours of the encroaching desert climate. We have lunch 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 we access the roaring dunes by Land Rover, which always proves to be a stimulating experience. We also visit the beach with its profusion of multicolored pebbles consisting of agate, lava, granite and quartz. Interesting to see are old bleached whale bones scattered along the beach above the high tide mark. We return to the aircraft and continue north to our Leylandsdrift camp in the Hoarusib Valley in the Kunene Region, where we stay for the night.

Overnight: Leylandsdrift Camp (B, L, D, & Select Beverages)


DAY 3 SKELETON COAST – HARTMANN VALLEY

After breakfast we embark on a scenic drive along the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people. We might be lucky enough to come across the desert-dwelling elephant who frequent this valley. From here we continue north along the Skeleton Coast by aircraft to the Kunene River acting as a border to Angola. The Kaiu Maru shipwreck and pieces from old sailing vessels lie scattered along this part of the coast. From the airfield we take a scenic drive by Land Rover to our favorite lunch site. After lunch we continue through the mountains and dunes of the Hartmann Valley – which extends to the Kunene River – reaching our Kunene River camp in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Kunene River Camp (B, L, D & Select Beverages)


DAY 4 ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

An early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through scenic desert landscape, observing bird life and possibly some crocodiles. Birds vary from aquatic species on the perennial waters, to endemic desert varieties and those which inhabit dense riverine vegetation. After lunch at the camp, we fly directly from the Kunene River to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park, where we spend the night at a lodge outside the park.

Overnight: Lodge outside Etosha – TBA (B, L, D & Select Beverages)


DAY 5 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS

Your Sossusvlei, Etosh and Skeleton Coast safari ends as you drive/fly into the park for a final game drive. Springs provide numerous drinking places for the animals, which congregate in spectacular numbers especially during the dry season (June to December). Animals such as lion and steenbok may be found in specific home ranges, while others such as springbok, eland, zebra, wildebeest and elephant wander all over browsing or in search of better grazing. Our flight back to Windhoek commences in the afternoon to ensure that we land before dark.

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