Light aircraft Skeleton Coast itineraries, operated by the Schoemann’s family and detailed in greater depth here, are genuinely amongst Africa’s most celebrated experiences. Three permanent camps are utilised at different points along the Skeleton Coast, each fairly rustic and remote but selected to maximise the scenic beauty and activity options of its distinct region. Kuidas is the most southerly, set a little inland on the banks of the Huab River in Damaraland; Leyland’s Drift is the most basic, close to the village of Puros and the Hoarusib River Valley further north; and Kunene is in the far north, close to the Angolan border, with its imposing mountains and sweeping valleys.
Accommodation can vary a little but tends to comprise of four simple dome tents with thatched roofs, en-suite bucket showers, chemical toilets and private viewing chairs to chew the scenery. There are also shared flush toilets close to the communal area, where meals will be taken under the stars around a campfire unless the weather intervenes. The camps are natural and authentic, designed as ideal bases for discovering the shipwrecks, scenery and wildlife of the Skeleton Coast by vehicle and light aircraft. While the accommodation is relatively simple, these exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences are anything but.