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Skeleton Coast Adventure, Namibia

Otjipupa Investments is an OvaHimba community Trust and owners of the Concession inside the Skeleton Coast National Park. Karibu Safari Namibia and Otjipupa Investments signed a Joint Venture agreement that allows us to conduct safaris inside the boundaries of the concession belonging to Otjipupa Investments.

The Skeleton Coast with her strong Atlantic currents and swirling fog has sent many a ship to an early grave. This remote area with her changing moods is one of the most isolated areas in the whole of Africa and she is waiting for you to explore her wonders of nature. A wilderness like no other awaits, the park is 500km long starting at the Ugab River in the South to the Kunene River in the North. This is a place of beauty and tranquility where one will find the true meaning of solitude. The park is known for its scenic beauty, endless landscapes with colorful plains, mountains and dunes.

The Ugab, Uniab, Hoanib, Hoarusib and Khumib rivers are essential to the park and the ecology. These oases are the subsistence for the Gemsbok, Springbok, Cape Fur Seals, Ostrich, Brown Hyena, Leopard and Jackals. One will also find the endangered Desert Lion, Black Rhino and Desert Adapted Elephants along the river beds.

Join us for a true unique experience through this untamed wilderness, where one can still see minerals covering the sand and mountains, massive sand dunes stretching all the way to the Kunene River. Shipwrecks have a story to tell.


Loan oryx in Namib desert Skeleton coast Desert Wilderness adventure


DAY 1:

We depart Windhoek heading towards Swakopmund. You can meet us in Swakopmund if you are in the area.
Overnight in Guest House (Lunch and dinner)

DAY 2:

Leaving Swakopmund early morning we head north towards the entrance of the Skeleton Coast National Park. We stop at the Uniab Delta where will take a 30 minute walk towards an unexpected waterfall. Many varieties of birds can be found in the reed–encircled waterholes. After lunch we continue north passing through the Hoanib River until we reach Terrace Bay, this will be our last fuel stop for the next week or so.
Overnight Mowe Bay beach camp. (All meals)

DAY 3:

After a warm breakfast we continue north. Many interesting stops will be made along the way, especially the engine and remains of the Ventura Bomber that crashed after a fail rescue attempt in 1942. Entering the Hoarusib River we might come across herds of Oryx and Springbok. This river is also famous for Black Rhino, Desert Adapted Elephants, Brown Hyenas and the very rare Desert Lions. After exploring the Hoarusib we continue towards Khumib River where we will overnight.
(All meals)

DAY 4:

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. The mine is no longer operational but 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.
(All meals)

DAY 5:

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 stayed in. 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 makes her way through desert and mountains where it forms a delta in the Atlantic Ocean. The river hosts plenty of fresh water fish, Nile Crocodiles, Green Turtles and Soft Shell Turtles. After Exploring the mouth we head east into the dune belt. We camp near the bank of the river in the dune belt.
(All meals)

DAY 6:

Today is our last day in the park. We continue east. The day is mostly spent manoeuvering our way through spectacular desert scenery. There will be plenty of stops as the guides always have to stop to read the changing dunes and what lies behind them. Herds of Oryx are a common sight in the dunes as the make their way down to the river. We settle for the night close to Serra Cafema Falls.
(All meals)

DAY 7:

Staying off the beaten track we head south to the Hoarusib River. Once again we enter the territory of the Desert Elephants, lions, cheetah, leopard and hyena. Passing Hoarusib Canyon we reach the small town of Purros where we will overnight at the community campsite.
(All meals)

DAY 8:

Hoada campsite –The Hoada Campsite is owned and operated by the local Damara community in conjunction with the nearby Grootberg Lodge. The three private campsites are nested amongst large granite boulders & mopane trees. Each site has a private bathroom including a shower and flush toilet. An interesting touch here is that the braai (barbeque) area is linked to the hot water system, so while cooking your dinner on an open fire you are effectively heating your shower water.
(All meals)

DAY 9:

Our adventure ends in Windhoek at around 14h00.



“Thank you thank you thank you for the fantastic trip we have had with Lawrence. The lodges and the camping was outstanding, we had a nice little group and Lawrence is brilliant as a guide and leader. We had lots of fun and lots of laughter.” Wytske Carr, from Netherlands