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Skeleton Coast Expeditions

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... is a family of mobile safaris which explore the very remote Skeleton Coast North and Kaokaland West areas in the Northwest region of Namibia.

These awesome private tailor-made expeditions are arguably the most remote, adventurous and exciting safaris of their type in Africa at the moment. Typically lasting 6 to 10 nights in duration, they explore the extremely remote and fabulous Skeleton Coast Wilderness Area. Only a handful of government permits are available to enter this area each year, so chances are you will have an area of around 16,000 square kilometres all to yourselves.

Days are filled with an endless stream of remarkable experiences, amazing landscapes, desert and coastal wildlife, historic shipwrecks and abandoned diamond mines, as well as visiting authentic Himba villages further inland. A truly life-punctuating adventure.

The expedition comprises at least two overland vehicles, fully equipped with everything needed to get safely through this wild terrain. It is an authentic mobile camping safari, carrying with it everything that will be needed for a week or more in the utter wilderness.

The trips inherently demand very experienced expert guiding, there are few people who know the desert like the guys who will accompany you. The nature of the experience leads to a wonderful sense of intimacy amongst the crew and guests. There are enough staff to carry out all the work for you, but most guests like to get involved, sharing navigation and other chores during the day, communally preparing meals and sharing stories around the camp-fire. You may even be able to drive one of the vehicles if you wish, although the appropriate insurances will need to be obtained in advance.

These are private expeditions, so just you and the crew. There are no restrictions on group size, although it tends to work out rather pricey for groups of 1, 2 or 3 guests. There is no minimum child age, we have done it ourselves with a six year old and we do feel that was probably on the lower limit.


More information on the day by day progress of an expedition can be found on the pages for each camp along the route, the usual order is as follows ...

Mowe Bay Bivouac
Sarusas Springs Bivouac
Dunedin Star Bivouac
Kunene Dunes Bivouac
Cafema Valley Bivouac


The main potential downside is that these expeditions are relatively pricey, especially for smaller groups. The trips are also quite tough, camping facilities are rather simple and there is a heck of a lot of very tough terrain to traverse. Although you should encounter a good deal of wildlife, the famous desert elephants and lions can be very elusive.


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