Namibia is one of Southern Africa’s most charming regions given it’s home to a myriad of natural wonders. Foremost of these natural wonders is the Namib Desert, one of the oldest and driest deserts worldwide. Here, you can experience rare desert species and unparalleled geological landscapes. Situated along Namibia’s western coast, this arid stretch of land is often referred to as the “Skeleton Coast” for its towering sand and granite walls that offer a backdrop for some of the most unique safaris in the country.
If you are indeed considering the Skeleton Coast as a destination for your next African safari, the best time of year to travel to Namibia is during the winter months from May through October. Rainfall isn’t generally a concern when visiting the Namib Desert, as sometimes a decade’s worth of time will pass in between rainfall in this area. It is, after all, the driest of all African places.
The Skeleton Coast’s sprawling stretch of dunes and gravel may not seem like the most hospitable habitat for living creatures, but the desert wildlife you have the opportunity to see here is special. In addition to the plentiful seal colonies all along the coast, you also get the chance to see unusual desert species like desert black rhinoceroses if you travel north to the lovely Kaokoland. The majority of nature excursions you can enjoy in The Skeleton Coast National Park focus on game viewing for species like desert elephants, brown hyena, and Hartman’s Zebra along a geological setting that is truly awe-inspiring. The preferable transportation method to visit the Namib Desert is to fly to one of the private concessions in Skeleton Coast National Park by a small charter plane. Arranging a mobile safari is the alternative transportation method if flying in small planes doesn’t appeal to you. The most popular option is Wilderness Safaris’ Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. If you are planning to visit Namibia, feel free to reach out to us for your safari planning needs.