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Hamba Kahle, Madiba
"I am the product of Africa and her long-cherished view of rebirth that can now be realised so that all of her children may play in the sun."
Nelson Mandela's final speech as president to the South African parliament, Cape Town 26 March 1999.
Namibia's Skeleton Coast
Skeleton Coast Safaris is a small, family-run operation
that has organized trips along Namibia's Skeleton Coast for 20
years. They take up to eight passengers, using light aircraft to
hop between remote beaches and private airstrips.
Each trip is usually escorted by one of the Schoeman family, who acts as pilot, driver and expert guide. You spend every night in a different area, sleeping in dome tents at tiny permanent camps - Kudias Camp, beside the dry Huab River; Leylandsdrift Camp overlooking a spring in the Hoarusib River; and Kunene River Camp, on the lush banks of the Kunene River.
Goodbye Nelson Mandela - we will love you forever 18.07.1918 - 05.12.2013
|Out of the night that covers me,|
|Black as the Pit from pole to pole,|
|I thank whatever gods may be|
|For my unconquerable soul.|
|In the fell clutch of circumstance|
|I have not winced nor cried aloud.|
|Under the bludgeonings of chance|
|My head is bloody, but unbowed.|
|Beyond this place of wrath and tears|
|Looms but the Horror of the shade,|
|And yet the menace of the years|
|Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.|
|It matters not how strait the gate,|
|How charged with punishments the scroll.|
|I am the master of my fate:|
|I am the captain of my soul.|
|William Ernest Henley|
Authentic Private Safari Experience
Suggested Itineray Option - Skeleton Coast Safari (4 Days & 3 Nights)
Day one: Meet at Eros Airport, Windhoek at 10h00 for departure to the Skeleton Coast via Conception Bay. The Kuiseb canyon and adjoining red dunes are a spectacular view from the air. The flight includes an aerial view of the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay.After landing and refuelling at Swakopmund, continue with a low-level flight north along the Skeleton Coast past the seal colony at Cape Cross for a light picnic lunch near the beach. After lunch cross the desert by aircraft to the Ugab formations, a nearly lifeless 'moon landscape' of numerous black ridges in stark contrast to the white desert floor. From here proceed to Kuidas camp in the Huab River Valley where you will stay for the night. Ancient rock engravings are found amongst the rocks within walking distance of the camp.
Day two: After breakfast depart by Land Rover to explore the colourful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab River environs and to be introduced to the ecological aspects of this area with its wide diversity of flora and fauna. This includes the Welwitschia Mirabilis, a tree that has been dwarfed by the rigours of the encroaching desert climate. Have lunch at Kuidas camp before flying along the coast to Terrace Bay in the Skeleton Coast Park. The most prominent shipwrecks along this part of the coast are the Montrose and Henrietta. At the coast you access the roaring dunes by Land Rover, which always proves to be a stimulating experience. You also visit the beach with its profusion of multi-coloured pebbles consisting of agate, lava, granite and quartz. Interesting to see are old bleached whale bones scattered along the beach above the high tide mark. Return to the aircraft and continue north to our Leylandsdrift camp in the Hoarusib Valley in the Kunene Region, where you will stay for the night.
Day three: After breakfast embark on a scenic drive along the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people. You might be lucky enough to come across the desert-dwelling elephant who frequent this valley. From here, continue north along the Skeleton Coast by aircraft to the Kunene River acting as a border to Angola. The Kaiu Maru shipwreck and pieces from old sailing vessels lie scattered along this part of the coast. From the airfield, take a scenic drive by Land Rover to a favourite lunch site. After lunch, continue through the mountains and dunes of the Hartmann Valley - which extends to the Kunene River - reaching Kunene River camp in the late afternoon.
Day four: An early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through scenic desert landscape, observing bird life and possibly some crocodiles. Birds vary from aquatic species on the perennial waters, to endemic desert varieties and those that inhabit dense riverine vegetation. After lunch at the camp, fly back to Eros Airport, Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon.
Private safari rates for two guests from US$7046.00 per person - Fully inclusiveEnquire now