Flying directly west from Sossuvlei in what seemed like the blink of an eye we found ourselves flying low over the Skeleton Coast. Home to some 650,000 Cape Fur Seals who live their entire lives sandwiched on a tiny strip of beach between the towering sand dunes of the Namib and waves of the South Atlantic. There is something incredibly captivating about this stark and almost desolate landscape, scattered with the wreaks of old ships and abandoned diamond minds you never seem to be sure what is going to come around the next corner.
For the next three days we found ourselves making our way up the skeleton coast and stopping periodically to stretch our legs and discover some new seemingly undiscovered secret. From Bush man rock art to lush oasis’s there never seemed to be enough hours in the day.
To describe each and every highlight would take a tombstone of a novel, but there was one moment that will stay with me forever. It happened just south of the Angolan border, in the incredibly remote Serra Cafema region, and on our last day, far below us walking steadily through the sand dunes was one of the rarest mammals in Africa. A desert adapted Elephant. Living only in Namibia these uniquely adapted giants take years to learn the hidden oasis and wells that dot the landscape, passing that knowledge down from generation to generations. As we circled up high looking down at a five ton cow Elephant and her calf sliding down sand dunes and leaving an dead straight line of tracks that stretched off into the desert it seemed to defy logic that something so huge could survive amongst the dunes and vast emptiness.
But it is not just this amazing country that makes these trip so special, but the unique blend of passion, knowledge and adventure that the Schoeman’s bring to their safaris. Changing the desert from what could just be a beautiful picture to a living breathing creature with a lifetime of experience and a passion for this hauntingly beautiful country. Without question one of my favourite experience to date and and something that I will never forget.