The Skeleton Coast is one of our planet’s most beautiful places and hosts one of our finest safaris. Over much of the past decade, access to this private area within the National Park has been restricted. From April 2000, however, our 10~bedded, luxury tented camp is open and we can now offer superb 4 or 5-day fly~in safaris to this incredible area, with guaranteed departures every Wednesday and Saturday. Close on 300,000 hectares (660,000 acres) of the National Park has been set aside as an exclusive safari experience for those who want to really get away! It is wild, desolate and uninhabited ~ and stunningly beautiful. This area has everything…from soaring sand dunes that roar, wonderful, vast, pastel coloured plains, towering canyons and mountains, saltpans to seal colonies and shipwrecks. Add to that the game viewing! Freshwater springs permeate through the barren sands to create rare oases in the desert that sustain pockets of wildlife. Springbok, Gemsbok (Oryx), the rare desert Elephant, Cape Fur Seals, Brown Hyena, Jackal, Ostrich and occasionally even Cheetah eke out an existence in this rugged terrain, alongside desert adapted vegetation such as Welwitschia and Lithops, the succulent “flowering stones”. We are also able to visit authentic Himba settlements, just outside the park, for an incredible cultural experience.
The Benguela Current brings cool, plankton~ and fish~rich waters all the way from Antarctica and moderates the temperatures in the region. Mean temperatures year round vary from a high of 28° C (82°F) to a low of 10°C (50°F). Summers are incredibly mild, even though we are in the desert! The cool ocean air meets the warm desert air and nearly every morning mists cover the coastline, bringing life sustaining moisture to the desert’s fauna and flora.
Skeleton Coast Camp is a 10~bedded camp. There are 5 luxury, tented rooms with the en suite bathroom providing flush toilets, a shower and hot and cold running water. There is an open~air dining room under an ancient Leadwood tree, or indoor dining for those chilly days.