Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris

Reviews of Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris

Excellent(98%) From 22 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 22 of our travellers who have visited Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Bruce from Harrogate
Arrived on: 8-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Safari to savour!

This family rightly deserve their reputation for these five star safaris. Three nights and four days of adventure and dramatic scenery, Challenging belief Andre flew us in and out of canyons and along the endless strand, landing at apparently any spot where he fancied. We always felt safe and his knowledge was encyclopedic. Great camps and excellent food prepared by long serving teams at each camp.

Sympathetic relations with local people and an understanding of the local game which included desert elephants, lion and Rhino's.

A life experience for anyone's bucket list.

Bravo Andre and team.

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Mr S & Mrs J - Namibia Fly-in
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris review

Fantastic. Totally lived up to expectations (we did this trip on a recommendation from my parents who have done it twice).

Bertus was an excellent pilot, & driver when in the car. The lodges were all good and in excellent locations.

The scenery that we saw was amazing & so varied. So nice to be alone in all that space! Despite my misgivings, the various trips we did down perilous slopes and dunes with Bertus were exilerating.

I would recommend this trip over and over.

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W Party - from Chorleywood
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris review

Mind blowing!

Andre Schoeman was knowledgeable and fun to be with. After the first day we told him he couldn't possibly surpass it but each day was every bit as good. We can't praise it highly enough and wish that we'd done the longer safari. We would happily have spent two days at each camp.

I don't think comments on rooms or facilities in aspects form below have any relevance for this safari.

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Mr S - London
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Marvellous adventure into the wilderness

I had been to Namibia previously and was keen to see more of this wonderful country, and it was great to view from the air as well as the ground - the scenery is absolutely stunning. There were 5 people on the tour and we were taken on 2 small aircraft. The tour was led by Andre Schoeman in one aircraft and assisted by the second pilot, Johann. Andre is a very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable host, and is a mine of information. You are flown into areas which are otherwise inaccessible, landing in some unusual places and exploring fascinating environments. There is also touring in vehicles, including a couple of trips through dune fields while sitting (braced!) on top of a Landrover - a roller-coaster experience! (we only got stuck in the sand once, so had to help dig-out the vehicle). There were also some treks and also a boat trip. Other unusual experiences are sliding down the 'roaring' dunes, and visiting a Himba tribe settlement.

Accommodation is in individual tents, which have beds and linen (not sleeping bags on the floor!), and at bedtime you'll find a hot water bottle has been placed in your bed - nice touch, as it was chilly in the evenings. There are bucket showers outside each tent which are filled by staff with hot water evenings and mornings, and these are very effective. There are flush toilets on the sites. The accommodation at the Leylandsdrift camp is slightly more 'upmarket'. After showering, early evenings were spent having drinks around a fire (there's a 'help yourself' bar, which is nice!) followed by dinner - the group got on very well so these were enjoyable evenings. Food was good 'Southern African' style - Cape Malay curry, Oryx stew etc. Breakfast is about 7.30, after which the days adventures begin. This is a great way to experience the outdoor life, while being kept as comfortable as possible.

All-in-all this was a fantastic trip - only wish it could have been longer, and I'll be looking out for similar trips in future. While this is an expensive trip, I would urge anyone to go, and if you feel you're too faint hearted or prefer 5 star luxury - take the plunge and enjoy the adventure!

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Prof D & Mrs H - 10 Wedding anniversary trip
Arrived on: 6-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris review

I wish there was a category better than excellent for this! It was wonderful and definitely the highlight of our trip. We stayed in three gorgeous and very different locations, which we had all to ourselves as they only take one group at a time.

The trip began with a low flight over the red sand dunes we had been walking in the previous day and we were awed by the size and beauty of the dune sea, which you can't properly appreciate from the ground. Several times throughout the trip we flew low over the coast, seeing the shipwrecks and hearing their stories from Bertus; startling flocks of flamingoes into flight; and passing great colonies of seals. On the ground, we walked on the beach and climbed the hills to see ancient bushmen rock paintings; and drove up and down the dunes, seeing the sand whip upwards along their surfaces in the wind.

Bertus is a knowledgable and considerate host; his explanation of the unique geology we were seeing was extremely interesting. He is also an amazing pilot; I'm normally a bit scared of flying but he made me feel safe. We felt privileged to have had this unusual and very special experience.

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Ms H - Texas
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Schoeman's Skeleton Coast safari

I had a wonderful time on this trip, which was a 3-night, 4-day flying safari.

Pros:
1. It was a small group, myself plus one other couple, all of whom spoke English, so no need for constant translations. Also, it was easy to ask a lot of questions and get answers without feeling you were monopolizing the guide's attention.
2. Our guide was Andre Schoeman, who is a native of these parts and is steeped in the lore of the coast. I thought he was fantastic. Even though he has been conducting these tours for decades, he made everything sound as if it were new, fresh and exciting to him as well as to us. He is very good at gauging the level of knowledge and expertise that will please his clients, and he talked geology, geography, history, botany, shipwrecks, airplane design, animal lore, local tribes and anything else he and we could think of in a way that we could all take in.
3.The combination of air and ground travel gave us the opportunity to see the amazing geological structures of the country from the air, which gave a very broad view, and then from the land, which is a difference perspective altogether. Mr. Schoeman flies the plane is if it were a part of him; I almost forgot I was in a plane much of the time. We were also able to travel across large distances in a short time.
4. We stayed at three camps. In each one, the service was impeccable - great ground staff. The food was amazing in its variety and quantity, and the selection of drinks left nothing to be desired. The tents were very comfortable and the bucket showers were sheer bliss after a long dusty day.
5. Each camp is built so that it has a view over the surrounding countryside and all three locations were spectacular. I appreciated the efforts that Schoeman's makes to keep rubbish and waste to a minimum, both in the camps and on the road, e.g. by having everyone re-use their water bottles.
5. We did not have to get up at the crack of dawn, so no bleary-eyed exhausted travellers unable to take anything in. Up at 7am, then breakfast and then out on the day's exploration - just right .
6. Each day was full and we did a lot, but the outings were not presented as "activities', which I appreciated very much in retrospect, when I was at places where "activities' abounded. I never felt either regimented or bored on this trip.
7. Andre (and his son) took all their meals with us, which made for some great conversations and the development of a more personal bond than might otherwise have happened, which added depth to the pleasure of the trip.

I can't think of any cons.

Personal comments
It has to be remembered that one is out in the wilderness for the duration of the trip. There is no internet or cell-phone connection (lovely!), and food and supplies have to be trucked into each camp at vast effort. Considering the circumstances and logistical restrictions, I think the Schoemans do a brilliant job of adding comfort and even luxurious touches to the whole experience. The trip brings you face to face with nature untamed, and it was awe-inspiring.



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Mr. C - Lymm
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful experience

My daughter and I had a great time and it is a trip that neither of us will ever forget.

The highlight for me was seeing the dunes at Sossuvlei from the air. I do suffer from motion sickness and this is usually made worse when I am trying to compose pictures in my camera viewfinder. Andre was brilliant at getting the plane in the right positions and even landed the plane next to the dunes so that I could recover and then carry on afterwards.

The Schoemanns are incredibly hard-working and passionate about the area. I have seen some amazing things in Africa and, although I find it impossible to rank things that are very different, this was very much up there with the best

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SBD - Namibia in May
Arrived on: 7-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris review

This is a truly special experience, at times certainly not for the faint-hearted, but uniquely memorable.

All camps are in unique locations and very well thought through - one finds everything one needs, despite there being no luxury. As Bertus Schoeman says, it is all about the journey (safari), rather than creature comforts. Both the flying and driving parts of the journey provide an excellent introduction into Namibia - the scenery often being simply spectacular!

This was an adventure not to be easily forgotten:)

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Mr & Mrs E - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 26-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A great safari

We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 day flying safari with Andre Schoeman - an excellent guide with great flying and driving skills.

We were also very fortunate in getting on very well with our fellow travellers, another English couple. We stayed overnight in tented accommodation at three different locations each with their own speciality.

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Mr & Mrs O - Lechdale
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Schoeman's Skeleton Coast Safaris review

An unbelievable experience, varied, continuous & adventurous although the faint hearted might get the "jitters" from time to time.

The settings of the camps were spectacular & the staff friendly & attentive.

We loved it. Bertus was a great guide and pilot.

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