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  • Hello Rob, many thanks for arranging our wonderful Namibia holiday. All of the accommodation was good and we saw a huge number of animals. Our guide at Mushara estimated we had seen about two hundred elephants in several family groups, the antics of the small babies provided us with much amusement. Also a cheetah mother with two cubs, and a black rhino, all on our first day in Etosha. We enjoyed the boat trip from Walvis bay and the afternoon trip in the dunes was amazing! On our free day in Swakopmund, we booked a full day trip with Living Desert Adventures – looking for the desert animals in the morning and then visiting the moonscape in the afternoon – it was an excellent trip and we can highly recommend it. On the journey from Swakopmund to Sossus Dune Lodge we saw some bat eared foxes. We really liked Sossus Dune lodge and managed to see the sunrise over the dunes! Many thanks again for a wonderful holiday.

    Kenneth and Carolyn from Rutland travelled to Namibia
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The Skeleton Coast

Whilst you could describe the entire length of Namibia’s Atlantic coastline as ‘Skeleton Coast’, the official Skeleton Coast National Park is made up of the narrow coastal belt which stretches north from the Ugab River to the Angola border. The southern section of the park (up to Terrace Bay) can be visited by the general public, although generally a 4×4 would be required (there is little road infrastructure). North of that, the park is closed to all but one company who operate the exclusive Skeleton Coast Safari Camp. Flying safaris along the coast are possible, but north of Terrace Bay landing options are rather limited!

The flat and open beaches of the coastline, which are often shrouded in mist, are home to numerous Cape fur seal colonies, which in turn provide food for black-backed jackals and the rare brown hyaena. Close to the coast, the landscape is a mix of gravel plains and sand dunes, whilst further inland rocky ridges rise out of the desolate plains. At Terrace Bay, it is possible to drive into the sand dunes and experience the ‘roaring dunes’ where sand particles are so uniformly weathered they resonate deeply like a ‘tuba’ when disturbed.

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