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  • Dear Mary, we wanted to write you a note to say a huge thank you for all of your help planning and organising our honeymoon. We had the most amazing time. It was absolutely perfect and everything we dreamed it would be and more. Each of the properties we visited were perfect and you had clearly listened to exactly what we wanted by keeping them all small and personal. The game viewing at Etosha was second to none and being able to self drive around the park gave it an exclusive feel and we had some experiences we will never forget. We didn’t think it was possible for a herd of 23 Elephants to creep up without us realising whilst we were busy watching a leopard at a waterhole without another person or car in sight! This email would not be complete without a mention about the wild camping. This for us was the best three days of the entire trip. Being out in such deserted wildnerness was an unbelievable experience and one which is very difficult to describe to people who have not seen it. Our guide, Eric, was first class and ensured our experience was as good as it was. Simply put, a trip to Namibia without visiting this region in this way would be incomplete. There is one last thing…. when can we go again?!

    David and Kirsten travelled around Namibia on honeymoon
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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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