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Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris
Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris
Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris
Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris
Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris
Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris
Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris
Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris

Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris

18°25’57.8"S 12°26’31.3"E

Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris: Our full report

Skeleton Coast Safaris is a small, family-run operation that has organized trips here 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 – Kuidas 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.

You'll have proper beds, hot bucket showers and usually dine by candlelight under the stars – invariably with excellent food, fine wine and lively conversation.

The Schoemans are amongst the best guides in the country, and will open your eyes to this unique wilderness. Bertus, Andre, Leon and Henk all visited the area with their late father, Louw Schoeman, who founded these trips – and was instrumental in getting the Skeleton Coast protected as a national park.

These trips are hugely informative, giving unparalleled insight into the area and we cannot recommend them too highly. On their spectacular flights you often see shipwrecks, seal colonies and flamingos; whilst on the ground, you'll explore in modified Land Rovers and on foot.

On a typical trip you'll cross enormous dunes by 4WD, track some of the area's desert adapted wildlife, slide down roaring dunes, and marvel at a landscape littered with semi-precious stones. These trips are real journeys of discovery – described by some travellers as 'life-changing'.


Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Namibia
Ideal length of stay
These trips usually last four days and three nights; one in each camp. For 2 or more people, it's possible to extend the trip, to include a night visiting Etosha National Park.
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Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities
Dining style
Group Meals
Dining locations
Outdoor Dining

Special interests

A trip with the Schoeman family is perhaps the ultimate way to see Namibia. Flying around with an expert guide you will experience some of Namibia’s birdwatching highlights in a variety of habitats, from desert, to coast, to riverine forest.
See ideas for Birdwatching


Attitude towards children

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Skeleton Coast Safaris

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.

Brown Hyena

100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success

Black Rhino

0% success


0% success


0% success


0% success


0% success


0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success


0% success

Health & safety

Dangerous animals
Moderate Risk
Fire safety


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching


  • Boat trip

    Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari


Disabled access
Not Possible

Other lodges in Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland

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Cape Cross Lodge

Cape Cross Lodge

Right on the Skeleton Coast, between Swakopmund and Damaraland, Cape Cross Lodge has easy access to Cape Cross Seal Reserve.

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Terrace Bay

Terrace Bay

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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is actually situated 42km inland in Kaokoland, this said they offer a superb guided day trip to the coast.

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Serra Cafema

Serra Cafema

The luxurious Serra Cafema is in the most remote corner of Namibia - at the north end of Hartmann's Valley, across the Kunene River from Angola.

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Hoanib Valley Camp

Hoanib Valley Camp

The intimate and remote Hoanib Valley Camp offers a rare chance to explore this dramatic corner of Namibia and to search for its sparse desert-adapted wildlife.

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Opuwo Country Lodge

Opuwo Country Lodge

Opuwo Country Hotel provides comfortable accommodation is well situated for a night's stop before travelling into remote parts of Kaokoland.

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Skeleton Coast Shipwreck Lodge

Shipwreck Lodge

The only property on this desolate stretch of coastline, the extraordinary Shipwreck Lodge opens up a new section of the Skeleton Coast National Park

97% (6 reviews)
Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp is a welcoming oasis set on the palm-fringed banks of the Kunene River in north-west Namibia and close to Epupa Falls.

87% (3 reviews)
Leylandsdrift Camp

Leylandsdrift Camp

Used exclusively on the Schoeman's skeleton cost safaris, Leylandsdrift Camp is a great place to track desert elephant.

100% (1 review)
Kunene River Camp

Kunene River Camp

Used exclusively on Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris, Kunene River Camp occupies a pretty location on the banks of the Kunene River.

100% (1 review)
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Okahirongo Ele. Lodge

Tucked away in Namibia's far northwest Okahirongo Elephant Lodge offers luxurious chalets, with stunning views and plenty of activities.

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Kuidas Camp

Kuidas Camp

Kuidas Camp is usually the first-night stop on a Schoeman's safari. It is a very simple camp with stunning views of the Huab River Valley.

100% (1 review)

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