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Skeleton Coast / Kaokoland

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Itinerary Ideas

Plan your Skeleton Coast Safari Today

A Skeleton Coast safari is best experienced as part of a larger Namibia itinerary. This gives you the chance to combine the elemental power of the wild Atlantic coastline with Namibia’s big game and desert destinations.

The Skeleton Coast begins just north of Swakopmund, making this popular seaside town the ideal jumping off point for tours. It’s a region that also combines easily with other destinations in Namibia’s wild north. Most itineraries with the Skeleton Coast on them will also include Etosha National Park, the haunting beauty of Damaraland and even the untamed landscapes of the Kaokoveld. Namibia’s showpiece – Sossusvlei – lies further south in the Namib Desert and is included on longer itineraries, either on fly-in tours or self-drive adventures.

Browse our recommended tours below, each including a Skeleton Coast safari. If you’d like a more personalised approach, then simply contact us and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your needs and budget.


What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Walk the Coast

It’s usually sunny & the ocean is blue but thumping surf & icy water tells you that the Skeleton Coast is best walked! There’s stunning scenery, dramatic seal colonies & the occasional hulk of a shipwreck.

2. Meet the Himba

The ochre-painted Himba people are the masters of the Kaokoveld but are a fast-vanishing culture – travel with your guide to meet them in their local communities for an unforgettable encounter.

3. Retreat to the River

The green-fringed Kunene River lies like an oasis in the far northern Kaokoveld attracting birds & animals; stay at Serra Cafema Camp & explore this natural wonderland by 4X4, boat & on foot.

4. Look for Wildlife

Whether it’s lurking brown hyenas at seal colonies, desert antelope in the dunes or nocturnal predators seen on a night drive, there’s more wildlife in these stark regions than you might think.

5. Go Bird Watching

Despite its harsh appearance, the Skeleton Coast is home to over 250 bird species but you’ll have to travel to Serra Cafema in the Kaokoveld for Southern Africa’s rarest bird – the Cinderella Waxbill.

6. Tour the Cosmos

The night skies above the Skeleton Coast & Kaokoveld are some of the clearest & most star-filled you’re likely to see: sit back after supper & take a guided tour around the heavens.

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