Namibia Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast Holidays

Flying over Skeleton Coast

arrow pointing down

The perfect safari holiday on the Skeleton Coast

Remote, wild, desolate but beautiful stretch of coastline

Unusually named and eerie to visit, the Skeleton Coast runs for over 500kms from the Swakop River all the way north to the Kunene River, which marks Namibia’s border with Angola. The coastline is the point where the hot desert air meets the cold ocean currents, often resulting in a thick shroud of mist, adding to the other-worldly feel to a visit here.

Indeed, it is these mists that have contributed to the name ‘Skeleton Coast’, as it is littered with wrecks from ships that strayed too close to the shore when making their passage along the African continent. These shipwrecks, along with bleached whale skeletons led to the name being coined in 1944 by John Henry Marsh as he wrote a book about the Dunedin Star, one of the vessels that met her fate along the coast. Other prominent wrecks include the Eduard Bohlen, Benguela Eagle and Otavi.

One of the most unique features of a tailor made Skeleton Coast holiday is that, despite its foreboding location and an almost complete absence of rainfall (just 10 millimetres a year), it is home to an amazing array of wildlife. Whilst not common sights, visitors may be fortunate enough to see elephants strolling across the coastal dunes and lion or hyena feeding on dead seals along the wild, surf-lashed beaches.

Despite its fame, there has been little opportunity to visit the Skeleton Coast until relatively recently, with just a handful of simple coastal resorts found at its southern tip and the exclusive flying safaris operated by the Schoeman brothers being the only way to see it. That has all changed through, with two luxury desert camps, as well as a unique offering perched on the coastal dunes now open and welcoming visitors to this incredible area for a luxury Skeleton Coast tour. The whole area really is a microcosm of Namibia as a whole: wild, remote with few people, incredible landscapes and desert-adapted wildlife that, despite all the odds, thrives in an area where few humans have ever set foot. This really is a true bucket list destination and however you choose to experience it you will be utterly captivated by the dramatic landscapes and hardy wildlife.

Far & Wild Customer Reviews

Find out what our customers think of their adventures!

Read all reviews

Our brief was 'Unknown Adventure' and they delivered!

Michael & Teresa travelled to São Tomé and Príncipe in December 2018 on a trip organised by Alistair.

Michael Foster Bom Bom Bridge

A real trip of making memories

Heidi & Family travelled to Malawi in July 2018 on a trip organised by Ben.

A Family Selfie In  Majete

Excellent service from start to finish

Sam & Nick travelled to Kenya in February 2019 on a trip organised by Ben.

Sam And Nick On Honeymoon In Kenya

Perfect trip to the Masai Mara

Ellie travelled to Kenya in November 2019 on a trip organised by Ben.

First class travel company

Kathy & Family travelled to Kenya and Mauritius in July 2018 on a trip organised by Alistair.

On Holiday At  Il  Moran

Even in the middle of the Serengeti our Travel Co-ordinator was on hand to sort any hiccups.

June & Steven travelled to Tanzania in February 2019 on a trip organised by Alistair.

Plan with an Expert Plan with an Expert

Have a look at our original holiday experiences and then contact us with your brief, or call 01768 603 715

A detailed itinerary in 24hrs A detailed itinerary in 24hrs

Our experts will send you a detailed holiday itinerary within 24 hours. It's our service promise to you.

Value Guarantee Value Guarantee

Tailor-made doesn't mean expensive! Ask about our price promise and book with financial security.