Skeleton coast 2021 Itinerary
Day 1. 11 March 2021
For those doing the whole tour, we meet at Red sands just outside Kuruman. They have a good restaurant if you were interested
We head further west and stop in Upington for groceries if required. From there on to Springbok for the night.
After breakfast we should have our PCR test results by now we head in to Namibia via the Vioolsdrift border post. We head to our accomodation for the night near the Fish river canyon. Ais Ais at this point is closed due to a flood but might reopen before we arrive. So we will sleep at the Fish river canyon or Ais Ais.
We take the day as a spare day if we had problems on the border, if no problems we will visit the Fish river canyon and just chill a bit before our big journey start.
We head north towards our camp for two nights. This lovely camp is situated in the wild Namibian stallion area in Aus. We are here for two nights.
We depart from our camp and head towards Luderitz for the day.
Our first stop is a Kolmanskop guided tour through the fascinating history of this spectacular town. Did you know they produced their own ice with water shipped in from Cape town? A wonderful photography opportunity in this ghost mining town.
We also take the time to explore Luderitz.
After breakfast we start our journey north. We hug the Namib desert as we make our way to Sesriem. The town named after the depth of their canyon.
We take the day to drive in to the Sossusvlei park. We visit the vlei and for those interested you can climb a dune. On the way out we stop at Sesriem canyon and then back to camp. Here we take a shower and dress up for a wonderfull dinner at the local lodge to close this section of the tour. This one you will love, top notch.
We depart from Sesriem traveling through Solitair and the backroads of this area. We end up at Swakopmund at a very nice camp with a very nice restaurant. We will sleep here for two nights.
The purpose of this day is for those traveling in for the Skeleton coast tour to take a breather and shake their feathers.
For the rest it is a maintenance day to make sure your vehicle is in good order.
For the other, we explore the area for the day. Have a bit of a holiday day. We do some shopping, have a meal in a coffee shop and whatever else you need to do.
After breakfast we depart to Spitzkoppe. We will visit the site for the day take some pictures and then head out to the Brandberg for the night. A very nice restaurant if you feel like one.
After breakfast we travel further north and stop at the Twyfelfontein world heritage site. The rock engravings here are rather unique and well known. From there we head to our camp Palmwag.
2 nights in this luxury camp is going to be what the doctor ordered.
We have a full day in this consession housing some of the large animals of Africa. Restaurant meals and a bit of holiday is perfect for this day. We will go out on a self drive tour for the morning and have coffee in the veld.
Our return in the afternoon for a relaxing campfire and a glass of wine.
We continue our northern move and head towards the town of Sesfontein. We should arrive early enough to enter the Hoanib river concession area. We drive in the area, rain and waterlevel allowing stop for lunch and then head back to camp.
Day 15. 25 March 2021
We depart from our camp and head towards Puros. We fill our vehicles with fuel, kick the tyres and head to the start of our Skeleton coast tour. We meet our hosts, ” the concession holders of the skeleton coast tour” for dinner. They will take charge of this section of our tour.
We relax for the night before we set of in the morning. Dinner is included in the tour so no need to cook. If you brought your trailer or caravan You will leave it here for the next 3 nights.
After breakfast, traveling with our hosts, we wind our way down to the coast following the Khumib river, several stops and photo opportunities later we arrive at our camp for the night close the the ocean in the wild.
After breakfast we depart north following this private potion of Skeleton coast all the way to the Kunene River mouth. The border of Namibia with Angola. We camp in the dune camp for two nights.
With the wind a factor we visit the Kunene mouth in the morning and have a very enjoyable relaxed day at the mouth. As soon as the wind pics up we head for shelter in the campsite. Hot showers and flush toilets on hand.
After breakfast, we take the day to drive through the dunes in to the Hartman valley where we camp for the night. This valley is just a small mountain range over from the Marienfluss.
It is not a long day as far as distance goes, but we will take a bit of time through the dunes.
Day 20. 30 March 2021
After breakfast we make our way down back to Phuros for our last night. Driving a few riverbeds looking for some of the elusive desert animals.
We have dinner in Purros and sleep our last night on tour in Puros.
Our hosts say farewell with a coffee and rusks and a quick something to eat before we head back to the tar roads.
Back to Sesfontein for fuel and then we head home.
I will be doing two nights near Etosha for anyone looking to visit Etosha with me as a day visitor.
From there I will head home and probably sleep at Keetmanshoop and then on to JHB.