14 days exclusive camping / lodging trip to the restricted area in the northern Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park.
Destinations: Windhoek, Twyfelfontein, Purros, Skeleton Coast, Kunene, Opuwo and Etosha South
- Trip Outline
Windhoek, Twyfelfontein, Purros, Skeleton Coast, Kunene, Opuwo and Etosha South
Exclusive Safari: Skeleton Coast and Etosha: 14 days exclusive camping / lodging trip to the restricted area in the northern Skeleton Coast and Etosha National Park.
- Exclusive safari combining natural adventures in restricted unspoiled areas with the rich wildlife and interesting cultures of Namibia
- Discover amazing rock paintings and engraving at the world heritage site of Twyfelfontein
- Experience the pure Safari feeling driving through dried out river beds searching for wildlife
- Enter the unspoiled and highly protected area of the northern Skeleton Coast
- Get in touch with some of the different cultures of the country (Damara, Himba, Herero)
- Enjoy the rich wildlife of Etosha national park
Exclusive Safari: Skeleton Coast and Etosha: Trip Description
Focusing on the north western part for Namibia, you will be entering some of the most fascinating and famous destinations of the country as well as the restricted areas of the Skeleton Coast. Starting from Windhoek the way will lead you direction north to Twyfelfontein - Namibias world heritage site for ancient rock paintings and engravings.
From there we will follow some dried out river beds enjoying the Safari feeling to head for the Skeleton Coast. Entering the southern part of the Skeleton Coast National Park we follow the 4x4 trails through the area that this still open for regular tourism and discover the worlds largest shipwreck graveyard. The restricted northern Skeleton Coast will surprise with a unique landscape where sandy dunes float into the rough sea, providing an unspoiled wildlife experience, since this landscape is highly protected.
After spending a week in the Skeleton Coast area it will be time to leave and head from the adventurous part into the classic more wildlife and cultural oriented part of this safari trip. With direction Kunene and Opuwo, we enter the land of the Himba people. You will get to know their culture and beliefs as well as the wildlife among dry river beds.
For everybody not getting enough of the rich Namibian wildlife our exclusive safari will proceed towards Etosha National Park. Namibia's largest national park is always surprising with fantastic wildlife spotting around the waterhole as well as impressive landscape sceneries such as the Etosha salt pan.
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Arrival in Windhook
We arrive at Hosea Kutako Airport in Windhoek. Transfer to our accommodation and check in.
Here our cars are waiting for us. We get our cars and check that everything is good and ready. Do last minute shopping at the mall.
After breakfast we start our journey to Damaraland via the towns Okahandja, Omaruru and Uis before we arrive at the world heritage site, Twyfelfontein.
Here we will visit the rock engravings of the Khoi San people and some of them is up to 5000 years old.
We stay at Twyfelfontein Country lodge tonight.
After breakfast and a quick visit to the Damara village we continue with our journey north to Purros where we will stay tonight on the banks of the Hoaraseb River. If we are lucky we will see the desert adapted elephants.
We sit tonight around our campfire and get our briefing on what to expect the next 6 days from our expert guide that will take us into the Skeleton coast!
After breakfast we continue north. Many interesting stops will be made along the way, especially at the engine and remains of the Ventura Bomber that crashed after a failed rescue attempt in 1942. Entering the Hoarusib river we might come across herds of Oryx and Springbok. This river is also famous for Desert Adapted Elephants, Brown Hyenas and the very rare Desert Lions. After exploring the Hoarusib river we continue towards Khumib River and Sarusas Spring. We overnight close to Sarusas Spring.
Leaving the beautiful Khumib Valley we continue north. Today’s drive will take us through the most colourful landscapes in the park. The area is extremely sensitive, and we take well care of not leaving footprints behind. We stop at the Sarusa mine which is no longer operational, however one can still see many quarts and amethyst crystals scattered everywhere. Not far from here we stop at Sarusa spring, which is an important water point for Oryx, Springbok, Brown Hyena, Ostrich and at times even Lion. After stopping at Agate Mountain, we set up camp for the night.
Today is mostly beach driving. We pass Angra Fria; destined to become a harbour during the 1960’s they decided that the area was just too uninhabitable. Further north we reach the remains of the Dunedin Star and one of the shelters that the survivors erected to safeguard them from the harsh elements. Not much of the wreckage is visible but listening to the rescue mission will make one understand why this is called the “Skeleton Coast''. We reach the Kunene mouth around lunch. The Kunene originates in the Angola Highlands and paths her way through desert and mountains where it forms a delta in the Atlantic Ocean. The river hosts plenty of freshwater fish, Nile Crocodiles, Green Turtles and Soft-Shell Turtles. After Exploring the mouth, we head to our camp situated in the dunes close to Bosluisbaai.
This is our day of leisure, no need to pack up as we will be staying at the camp for another night! After a late breakfast we explore the area around the Kunene Mouth. Hiking, photography, birding or dune driving, you choose how you want to spend the day. And don’t forget, just relaxing in the comforts of the camp is perfectly ok. Just before sunset we head to a magical sundowner spot for a once in a lifetime sunset view…
Today is our last day in the park. We continue east. The day is mostly spent manoeuvring our way through spectacular desert scenery. There will be plenty of stops as the guides read the changing dunes and what lies behind them. Herds of Oryx are a common sight in the dunes as they make their way down to the river. We settle for the night in the Hartmann Valley.
Travel through the Hartmanns valley and enjoy the beauty and scenery of the area.
Tonight we do wild camping before we continue tomorrow to "civilization".
We sit tonight and talk around the fire about our amazing experience and say goodbuy to our guide of the last 6 days in the Skeleton coast park.
After breakfast we start our drive to Opuwo. Here we will check in to our lodge before we will go visit the local tribe, the Himba.
After breakfast we start our journey to Etosha National Park. We will enter the park on the western gate and drive through the park to our Accommodation the is at Okaukuejo Camp. Tonight after dinner we will sit at the waterhole and enjoy the animals that come to drink water. Rhino, elephant, lions, hyena and various types of antelope is regular visitors during the night.
Early morning at sunrise we will go out on a drive to see what animals are around early morning.
We go back to camp for breakfast before we start our safari for the day, visiting waterholes in the area on the look out for the African wildlife.
We will have lunch at Halali camp and make our way back to our camp to be there around sunset.
After dinner we will enjoy the waterhole next to the camp.
After an early game drive, looking for animals we return to camp for breakfast.
We start our drive back to Windhoek.
Flight Back Home
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport according to your flight time.
As per our standard services the following items are included in safari trips:
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Activities and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Breakfast and dinner (except for restaurants)
- Water supply along the trip
- Transport and fuel in specialized 4x4 safari vehicles
- Camping gear
- Local guide
As to our standard services the following items are excluded in camping safaris:
- Flight tickets
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurances
- Visa (necessity of visas to enter Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe is depending on your home country)
- Travel insurance
- Optional activities along the trip
- Additional drinks with your meals and snacks
- Restaurant visits