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Skeleton Coast Safaris: an Overview

The Skeleton Coast is home to some of the most remote wilderness areas of Namibia, and this remains one of Original Travel's favourite African experiences. So named after the shipwrecks that litter the shore, the Skeleton Coast includes the whole Namibian coastline and continues across the border some 130 miles into Angola.

A major feature of a flying safari across the Skeleton Coast is the use of light aircraft. Flights at 'sea' level provide outstanding bird's-eye views of seal colonies, diverse geological formations and - if you're lucky - the endangered black rhino, and sometimes the planes come in to land on the beach.

Once on the ground, Land Rovers are used to explore the environment close up and discover interesting flora and fauna, such as desert-adapted elephants or the strange 'living fossil' Welwitschia plant. These safaris are not just about the game but more to experience the freedom, beauty and strange solitude of the area. Itineraries include 4x4 driving on enormous dunes, visits to ancient Bushman rock art and to a settlement of the nomadic Himba people.

Further north, the Kunene River forms the border with Angola and is the only permanent source of water in the whole region, creating a lush oasis along its banks surrounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes. We can arrange boating trips on the river where you can spot crocodiles lazing on the banks.

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Skeleton Coast and the Kunene River
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A Note on Price

A no expense spared flying safari (from 10 days to two weeks) to Namibia could cost from £10,000 per person - but a self-drive trip could cost a more affordable £3,000 per person, including international flights. However, a three night trip to the Skeleton Coast is a once in a lifetime trip, and as a result costs around £5,000 per person.

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