12 days – 11 nights
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Tented and double room guest house accommodation. Self Drive tour (4×4 vehicle). Minimum of 2 passengers. Price could change seasonally.
Recommended program for the whole year (expecially from April to November).
The Skeleton Coast is known for being an area particularly inhospitable and difficult to achieve: the desert stretches for tens of kilometers, and the sea is difficult to approach due to strong waves caused by the Benguela current. For these reasons, the coast was called “the land that God made in anger” by the Bushmen, and “the sands of hell” (as Areais do Inferno) by the Portuguese. The present name refers to the countless wrecks stranded along the coast.
Travelling along the Skeleton Coast is not allowed except for a lucky few, however, they have to obtain special permits in advance and can go into the natural park only on well-equipped 4×4 vehicles
What we propose is just a unique travel experience, which will drive up the coast to the mouth of the Kunene River, on the border between Namibia and Angola.
You will travel up and down along the sides of the steep sand dunes that characterize a stretch of 65 km of road and the return trip will cover the Hartmann Valley, where you will see the vast prairies, the mysterious “Would you please” and abundant wildlife. In short, it was indeed an expedition not to be missed!
But your trip doesn’t finish without visiting Etosha National Park. This famous national park is located in northern Namibia. The name “Etosha” means “great white place”, with reference to the color of the soil of the salt desert that makes up 25% of the park area. The Etosha National Park is home to 114 species of mammals, 340 of birds, 110 of reptiles, 16 amphibians and even a species of fish. Among the mammals found in the park, which include the elephant, the springbok, Burchell’s zebras, giraffes, oryx, kudu, wildebeest, the eland, the dik dik, lions, hyenas, jackals, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos blacks and white rhinos. The bird life is particularly rich in the periods in which the plain is flooded by the rains, and is populated by the way of flamingos, herons and pelicans.
You spend a day in the park to spot and photograph the animals that populate the park and you will end your tour in Windhoek.
Arrival in Windhoek airport
Accommodation in Guest House
Collection of the vehicle for the tour at the car hire
Leisure (depending on the time of arrival)
Free dinner (depending on the time of arrival)
Departure to Swakopmund
Accommodation in Guest House
Departure to Walvis Bay and tour of the bay
Return to Swakopmund
Meeting with the group leader in Swakopmund at 7:45 am local time with full tanks cars. Distribution of radio for communication between vehicles and organization of the convoy.
Departure at 8.00am to Terrace Bay passing through Cape Cross where it will be necessary to refuel even if the tanks are still almost full. Participants should know that petrol vehicles need to bring at least 250 liters fuel if petrol and 220 liters if diesel.
From Terrace Bay you will leave the road and you will enter in the beach (depending on the tide). Then you will proceed until a few kilometers north of Move Bay, where you will seek refuge near the beach and will be camping for the night.
Packed lunch and dinner in front of the fire
Overnight in tents
Departure to Move Bay Angra Fria driving for about 150 km to the north.
You will travel along the beach (always depending on the tide) up to beyond the mouth of the River Hoarusib. Along the way you can see the wreck of the “Ventura Bomber” Then, after you get past the Rocky Point you will meet the mouth of the river Khumib Hoanib and finally you will arrive in Angra Fria where you will set up the camp for the night on the beach (if weather is ok) or in some lava hills surrounding the site.
Picnic lunch and group dinner in front of the fire
Today you will reach the mouth of the Kunene River, which is about 120 km to the north.
After breakfast you will travel along the beach always encountering the famous wreck site Dunedin Star and the great salt marshes. Once you get past Bosluis Bay you will reach the mouth of the Kunene River, with its famous wetlands inhabited by 72 different species of birds, as well as the soft-shelled turtles and the Nile crocodile (best not to swim, right?).
In a safe place you will be set up camp for the night
Lunch, dinner in front of the fire
Today you will have one of the shorter stages of the trip, but no less challenging, indeed. From the mouth of the Kunene River Valley you will reach Hartmann.
You will drive east to the Hartmann Valley, staying as close as possible to the Kunene River which you will hear the noise of the water. You will appreciate beautiful scenic spots along the way
The camp will be set up next to the Kunene River in a very spectacular area with natural pools where you can also swim. This place can be visited only with vehicles 4×4, the ones able to get out from the throats of the Kunene River. You will find the reason why the tour is not aimed at normal aspirated diesel engines or other vehicles with low power
Lunch, dinner with the group.
You will leave the Kunene River and you’ll travel along the Hartmann Valley until the “Marble Camp” (after 120 km) a real “luxury” camp. Along the way you might spot wildlife such as zebras, giraffes and rhinos, oryxs and numerous springboks. The path is difficult and therefore the speed is low. All of you will only enjoy the beautiful landscapes!
Arrived at the camp …. finally a shower
Packed lunch, dinner and overnight at the camp
Today you will arrive from Marble Camp to Purros.
Before the departure, but after breakfast, you visit the marble quarry, which gives its name to the place where you will sleep. The first step of the trip is to the Hoarusib River. During the day the speed will be very low, but the elephants, that certainly meet, will help you spend your time to take beautiful photos.
The Hoarusib River has lush vegetation, with large palm trees and Mopani Makalani. The landscape varies between stretches of rocky and sandy riverbed. Along the riverbed you can find traces “Spoor twee” which today are called “Elephant”
Finally you will arrive at “Purros Community Camp”, where you will camp between the elephants, who will be with you during all the night.
This is the last night in 4×4 driving and the last evening together with your group leader. Unfortunately we cannot celebrate in front of the open fire because of the elephants!
Packed Lunches, Dinner and Overnight at Purros Community Camp
After the last breakfast together with the group leader you will travel through Sesfontein/Palmwag to refuel your vehicle and to buy food. Then you will take the road to the Etosha Pan, which is about 480 km away.
After a brief stop for a picnic lunch, you will head towards the entrance of the park of Anderson Gate.
Accommodation in Camping
game drive along the tracks of Etosha National Park.
Guests can seek the unique fauna landscapes.
Exiting the park and accommodation at the Lodge
Dinner at the Lodge
Possibility of night game drive in the private reserve located in side Etosha National Park
Transfer to Windhoek where you can drop off luggage’s at the Guest House
Returning your car depending on the hour of your flight of the following day
Relax or alternatively visit the city and the Namibian craft market
Free morning with the possibility of organizing sightseeing depending on the hour of your flight
Transfer to the Windhoek airport for international flight
The trip includes the following stages
|Night||Destinations||Accommodations||B Breakfast; L Lunch; D Dinner|
|3||Skeleton Coast Move Bay||Camping||B, D|
|4||Skeleton Coast Agra Fria||Camping||B, D|
|5||Skeleton Coast Kunene mouth||Camping||B, D|
|6||Hartmann Valley||Camping||B, D|
|7||Marble Campsite||Camping||B, D|
You can have the possibility to extend the tour after the 10th day related to your availability of time. You can upgrade some of the accommodations of the tour. Children under 6 years are not allowed to the tour. Contact us to know the date of departures
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To take part in the tour you must be experienced drivers. You could travel with your vehicles, or you can hire one locally. The vehicle must have enough power to be able to pass the dunes (vehicles with aspirated diesel engines and / or less powerful are not suitable)
What’s included: meals as in the table, group leader with much experience, radios for vehicles, payment of entry permits, entrance fees and camping in the Skeleton Coast Park, vehicle (if required in time)
What is not included: transport, fuel, equipment for camping, travel insurance and vehicle insurance, drinks, personal effects, international flights, not specified meals, tips.