Namibia Guided Self-Drive Tour

7 Day Faces of Skeleton Coast Guided Self Drive

During the 7-Day Faces of Skeleton Coast Guided Self Drive, we will be driving along a stretch of desolate coastline where very few people have set foot before. The Skeleton Coast is infamous for the many shipwrecks along its inhospitable shores.

Tales of immense suffering and loss of life, but also of miraculous escapes and heroic rescues in years gone by add to the fascinating experience of travelling along this coast up to the Kunene River mouth, where Namibia and Angola meet. The mighty Kunene’s emerald green water carves a deep gorge through massive black rock formations and majestic yellow sand dunes on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. This area was previously closed to the general public but has recently been opened up to allow only a handful of visitors per year to experience its barren beauty and share in its rich history.

To make the experience even more rewarding, a stretch of 65 km of driving up huge sand dunes and sliding down the steep slip faces lies ahead as we turn east to cross the Namib desert. The return trip through the Hartmann Valley with its vast grasslands, mysterious fairy circles, and abundance of game is a unique experience of its own. This is an expedition not to miss out on!

*This is a self-drive guided tour
Travellers need to provide their own 4x4 vehicle & camping equipment or hire a fully equipped 4x4 camping vehicle from Getaway Africa.
Please note that this route is not suitable for off-road or any other trailers

Highlights of the Skeleton Coast Guided Self-Drive:

  • An extraordinary guided self-drive 4x4 adventure
  • Travel a coast of the Atlantic's Skeleton Coast
  • Visit the mighty Kunene Mouth
  • Drive-up huge sand dunes sliding down the steep slip faces
  • Travel through Hartmann’s Valley with its vast grasslands, mysterious
    fairy circles and an abundance of game

See also the Faces of the Namib Guided Self Drive


Breakfast & Dinner

7 Day / 6 Nights
Self Drive


Day 1: Swakopmund Direction Rocky Point ± 500 km
The rendezvous point is at 07:00 in Swakopmund. Ensure that your tank and jerry cans are full when you meet the guides and the rest of the group. Communication radios will be installed in each vehicle to be ready for departure by 08:00.
We travel via Cape Cross to Terrace Bay, about 340 km from Swakopmund. Here we stop for a compulsory fuel top-up as this will be the last refuelling option. From Terrace Bay, we travel to Möve Bay where the official road ends and we drive onto the beach (tide depending). We proceed a few kilometres north of Möve Bay where we will seek shelter near the beach and set up camp for the night.
O/N Wilderness camping (dinner included)

Day 2: Möve Bay to Angra Fria± 150 km
Today we will travel along the beach (tide-dependent) past the Hoarusib River mouth. En route we will stop at the wreckage of the Ventura bomber involved in the rescue of the stranded passengers from the Dunedin Star which was a UK cargo liner. Captain Naude successfully landed the Ventura bomber on the soft dunes, even though there was a real danger that the plane could have cartwheeled. However, when they attempted to take off, one of its wheels became bogged in the sand and Captain Naude and his crew were castaways themselves. It took two weeks before they were rescued by a ground expedition which battled overland more than 1,000 km from Windhoek. We travel past Rocky Point, the Khumib and Hoanib River mouths and proceed all the way to Falls Angra Fria, where we will set up camp either on the beach (weather-dependent) or amongst some lava hills.
O/N Wilderness camping (breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3: Towards The Kunene River Mouth ± 120 km
After breakfast, we venture towards the Kunene mouth. This involves beach driving past the famous Dunedin Star wreck site and huge saltpans. The Dunedin Star was designed to ship frozen meat from Australia and New Zealand to the United Kingdom. This cargo liner is especially distinguished for its role during the Second World War when it assisted with relieving the siege of Malta in September 1941. At the end of November 1942, the Dunedin Star ran aground on the Skeleton Coast. Once we have passed Bosluis Bay we will reach the Kunene River mouth with its famous wetlands inhabited by 72 different bird species, as well as the Nile crocodile (NO swimming!) and soft-shelled terrapins (turtles).
O/N Wilderness camping (breakfast and dinner included)

Day 4: Towards Hartmann’s Valley ± 65 km
Today will be a dune-driving day in an easterly direction all the way to Hartmann’s Valley. We will stay as close to the thundering Kunene River as possible, with beautiful, scenic spots along the way. Hartmann’s Valley is very arid and the weather can vary dramatically. The region offers a profound sense of wilderness and the Kunene River nurtures a band of lush vegetation. The valley is home to the Himba, one of the last true nomads in Africa. Tonight’s camp will be set up in the vicinity of the Kunene River. This place can only be visited with capable vehicles as getting back up from the Kunene is not possible for normally aspirated diesel vehicles or other underpowered vehicles.
O/N Wilderness camping (breakfast and dinner included)

Day 5: Marble Campsite ± 120 km
We leave the Kunene and travel down the Hartmann’s Valley until we reach the Marble Campsite, a Community Camp with basic shower and toilet facilities. We will hopefully spot wildlife, such as zebra, and giraffe, and plenty of oryx and springbok along the way. The routes are slow and scenery can therefore be enjoyed to its fullest.
O/N Wilderness camping (breakfast and dinner included)

Day 6: Purros ± 80 km
We visit the marble quarry and then travel towards the Hoarusib River. Today will be a slow drive and elephants are on the ‘scenic menu’ as we might encounter them. The river is lushly vegetated with Mopani Anna trees and large Makalani palm trees. The drive will vary from sandy riverbeds to rocky ‘twee spoor’ tracks and we will call today the ‘elephant day’. The drive will take the whole day until we reach Purros Community Camp, in the heart of the desert elephant country. This is our last evening together. Walking around at nighttime is a ‘no-no’ due to the presence of the elephants.
O/N Wilderness camping (breakfast and dinner included)

Day 7: Sesfontein / Palmwag
After one last breakfast together, our team bid you farewell to take the road back to Swakopmund. You will travel towards Sesfontein/Palmwag for refuelling, from there everybody will travel to their own destinations – Etosha Pan is nearby, or you can continue via the Caprivi to Botswana or merely travel via Kamanjab to Windhoek or optionally via Khorixas (Damaraland) back to Swakopmund.
Included: Breakfast


*Note: This tour is offered in partnership with the concession holder, Skeleton Coast Adventure Tours / OIG.

Faces of the Skeleton Coast

SADC Nationals
Rates for 01 March - 31 December 2023
South African Rand
R16,600 pp sharing    
R18,350 pp single    
R 7,300 per child (14-17 years)    
R 3,980 per child (6-13 years)    
R 2,480 per child (u/5 yrs)    
Rates for 01 January - 31 December 2024
R 17,500 pp sharing    
R 19,250 pp single    
R 7,100 per child (16-17 years)    
R 6,300 per child (09-15 years)    
R 5,200 per child (0 -08 years)    
Foreigners / International Travellers
Rates for 01 March - 31 December 2023
South African Rand US$ (subject to ROE) EURO (subject to ROE)
R 17,900 pp sharing US$ 940 pp sharing €885 pp sharing
R 19,650 pp single US$ 1,030 pp single €970 pp single
R 7,600 per child (u/17 yrs) US$ 400 per child (u/17 yrs) €375 per child (u/17 yrs)
Rates for 01 January - 31 December 2024
R 18,650 pp sharing US$ 975 pp sharing €920 pp sharing
R 20,400 pp single US$ 1,070 pp single €1,010 pp single
R 8,300 per child (16-17 years) US$ 435 per child (16-17 years) €410 per child (16-17 years)
R 6,900 per child (09 - 15 years) US$ 360 per child (09 - 15 years) €340 per child (09 - 15 years)
R 5,900 per child (0 - 08 years) US$ 310 per child (0 - 08 years) €290 per child (0 - 08 years)

The single supplement only applies if there is only 1 adult in a vehicle.

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*Please note that no trailers are allowed on this tour.


  • Breakfast and dinner (coffee/tea and fruit juices are supplied with meals)
  • Experienced guides with own vehicles
  • Two-way radios for vehicles
  • Camping fees
  • Concession fees and levies
  • Communal Camp shower and toilet
  • Recovery equipment and on-site recovery only
  • “Communal” camping equipment; braai grid, cooking facilities & equipment, tables, wash-up facilities, etc.
  • Wind shelter, shower, and chemical toilet at the campsite
  • Additional vehicle to carry logistics


  • Transport (Rentals Available on request)
  • Fuel
  • Lunch
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Camping gear
  • Travel insurance and vehicle insurance (Required)
  • Items of a personal nature

Optional Services:

  • Alte Brücke, Swakopmund: from R 850 per adult
  • Swakopmund Sands Hotel: from R 950 per adult
  • Strand Hotel, Swakopmund: from R 2,500 per adult

For more information or to book your accommodation, meals and/or cruise, please contact us for the best rates. We can also book other accommodation and excursions.

Rates are subject to change due to increases in fuel charges and increases imposed by suppliers.
  Departure Dates
  2023 2024
March   22
May   02
August 17 01

Travel Insurance & medical evacuation required
It is a booking requirement that you must submit proof of travel insurance when making your first payment. You will not be able to join the tour without travel insurance.

Clients need to take out their own travel insurance and emergency evacuation cover in case of a motor vehicle accident, heart attack or any other medical emergency. Please take out your travel insurance within 48 hours of making your first payment towards the tour. Please supply details of this information so that we know whom to contact in case of an emergency.

Emergency contact number:
Should anybody wish to contact you whilst on the trip – we will be out of range of any cell phone reception or normal telephone services. A satellite phone will be available for emergencies and our Walvis Bay office will know how to reach the guides. We will supply the emergency number with tour documents should anybody need to get hold of you urgently.

Vehicle insurance:
Please check with your insurance provider that your vehicle is covered for an off-road trip through the desert. Should you have a breakdown we will assist with on-site recovery, but this will be at an additional cost and the account for this must be settled directly upon arrival in Walvis Bay.

Essentials The following items are mandatory for each participating vehicle:

  • Spade
  • 60 litres of water in total of which 20 litres will be used by the kitchen and the remainder will be for showering
  • Bottled water for drinking
  • Tyre pressure gauge
  • Pump to inflate tyres
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic bags to carry waste (e.g. empty cooldrink tins, etc.)
  • Brake fluid
  • Gear oil
  • Engine oil
  • Fuses
  • Spare V-Belt set (type of belt depends on your vehicle)
  • Sufficient Petrol / Diesel to cover the distance – 1000km. Heavy sand driving conditions (+/- 3km/l and +/- 5km/l consumption for larger petrol and diesel engines respectively) will be experienced. You will need to keep the extra fuel in your own jerry cans.
  • Vehicle to be fitted with points to attach tow ropes both in front and at the rear. NB!!
  • All equipment and luggage must be strapped in and securely fastened
  • Vehicle must be loaded in such a way to ensure that the vehicle is not ‘Top Heavy’ – e.g. only light items, camping gear on roof carriers
  • 2 Large bags of firewood per vehicle (supplied by you)


  • Hi-lift Jack & Q20 Spray
  • Extra spare wheel (no 6)
  • A small broom and a small spade

All you need:

  • Tent, folding chair and sleeping gear (bedroll, tent etc.) *Longer tent pegs are needed for pitching in the sand.
  • Eating utensils (cutlery, plate, bowl, glass and mug)
  • Provide your own lunch
  • Own snacks and refreshments (alcoholic beverages, cool drinks etc.)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera (extra memory cards and battery)
  • Sunglasses and sunblock
  • Clothing (suitable for hot days and cold evenings), toiletries and towels
  • Prescribed medication


  • Petrol cards are no longer accepted in Namibia for fuel purchases. Only cash/ debit/ credit cards will be accepted.
  • Children under 18 must have an unabridged birth certificate to leave/ enter South Africa at the border and at international airports.
  • New Namibian Traffic Regulation - Daylight Headlights: As of the 28th of July 2015, a person driving a vehicle during the day on a trunk road, main road and/ or a district road must switch on the headlamps on dimmed beam or daytime running lights.

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