Skeleton Coast & Luderitz Fly-In Safari

6 Days

This combination provides a fly-in safari which includes a visit to Sossusvlei, reputed to be the highest sand dunes in the world where accommodation is at Wolwedans on the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Day two offers a unique opportunity to experience the mystique and splendour of the 'Sperrgebiet', the forbidden Diamond Area, situated on the far south-west coast of Namibia. From there the fly-in safari continues along the Skeleton Coast via Spencer Bay to the Huab Valley during the third day. The fourth day continues up the coast as far as the Hoarusib Valley and the fifth day as far as the Kunene river, being the northern border of Namibia. The fly-in safari ends in Windhoek, arriving just before sunset on the sixth day.

A major feature of the safaris is the use of the aircraft as a "safari vehicle". The different flights at "see" level, provide outstanding bird's-eye views of some 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.

Guests are taken on excursions by Land Rover to introduce them to the scenic and ecological aspects of the environment with its wide diversity of flora and fauna. Although several game species occur in these regions, it must be borne in mind that the prime purpose of these safaris is not to view game, but to experience the freedom, beauty and strange solitude of the area

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Itinerary

The third Skeleton Coast Safaris, plus Luderitz.

Day 1

Wolwedans Dunes Camp

Windhoek

The fly-in safari starts at 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. The view of the shadow-lined dunes from the air is well worth seeing. We land at Sesriem from where an excursion by vehicle into the dunes is undertaken. The dunes reach heights of 300 meters and more, for those inclined and fit enough to climb them. ... After a picnic lunch among the dunes we transfer by aircraft to the Wolwedans Dune Camp in the NamibRand Nature Reserve where we stay for two nights. An afternoon drive through the nature reserve concludes our day.

Meal information Lunch & Dinner

Day 2

Wolwedans Dunes Camp

NamibRand

We fly to Lüderitz to participate in the day-long Elizabeth Bay safari. This introduces visitors to the town of Lüderitz with its old ghost town relics at Kolmanskop and mining plants of the early German pioneers; the forbidden coast; and a fur seal colony. The flight from Lüderitz during the late afternoon passes over Spencer Bay, with its picturesque Otavi shipwreck, seals basking on the rocky slopes, penguins and other birdlife. This is possibly the most desolate and impelling part of the Skeleton Coast.

Meal information Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3

NamibRand

The flight from Wolwedans to Swakopmund 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. We then land 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.

Meal information Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4

Skeleton Coast

After breakfast we depart by Land Rover to explore the colourful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab River environs, where we are 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 multi-coloured 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 Purros camp in the Hoarusib Valley in the Kunene Region, where we stay for the night.

Meal information Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5

Kunene River Lodge

Skeleton Coast

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, the 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 favourite lunch site. Then 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.

Meal information Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6

Skeleton Coast

The day starts with 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 that inhabit dense riverine vegetation. After lunch at the camp, we fly back to Eros Airport, Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon.

Meal information Breakfast & Lunch

Mode Of Transport

  • Light Aircraft 
  • Safari Vehicles

Accommodation & Food

Guests are accommodated in exclusive, privately owned, fully equipped tented camps. The camps are comfortable and well equipped, and each is situated in a spot carefully chosen for its unique beauty.

Accommodation itself consists of comfortable tents with en suite bucket showers and flush toilets. All other necessary camping equipment like bedding, lamps, torches, mirrors, towels and soap are provided. Likewise all food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, wine and a wide assortment of alcoholic beverages are supplied. 

Please inform us of any special dietary needs when making your reservation.

Baggage & Weight Restrictions

In the interest of your safety as well as in compliance with the safety regulations applicable to air transport in Namibia, the following weight limitations are strenuously applied and are not negotiable. Light aircraft are used for travelling the long distances during the safari, and luggage space is very limited. You are requested to travel as lightly and compactly as possible.  A maximum of 10kg (22lbs) of luggage is allowed per person, packed in soft, flexible travelling bags. This excludes camera equipment of approximately 2kg (4.4lb). No hard and bulky suitcases will be accommodated, nor will bags with wheels or any solid sides. Ideal dimensions for a soft bag are 60 x 40 x 40cm (24 x 16 x 16 in).

Visitors who exceed the above limit will be required to make alternative arrangements for their excess luggage. These may involve substantial costs associated with hiring an extra charter aircraft and will be for the expense of the individual.

A single traveller weighing more than 90kg, or two guests travelling together with a combined weight of more than 180kg, should please notify us of their weight at the time of making their reservation

Route & Accommodation
The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.

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