EL CERRITO, Calif. -- Clients interested in traveling to the remote
reaches of Africa can do so on Mountain Travel Sobek's new Skeleton
A region of Namibia, the Skeleton Coast is known for its
isolation and rugged terrain, according to Annie Birch, Mountain
Travel Sobek's director of Africa operations.
Birch touted the Skeleton Coast's red-colored sand dunes and
abundance of shipwrecks -- some preserved because of the region's
"The Skeleton Coast is one of our planet's most inhospitable but
hauntingly beautiful places," Birch said, adding that tour
participants will visit a private concession area of the Skeleton
Coast Park .
"The area is very remote, so we charter people up there," she
Activities include hiking to game drives, according to
"Unlike the traditional safari schedule -- which might have a
morning and evening activity -- this trip has all-day
explorations," Birch added.
The excursions include a nature drive to Rocky Point on the
coast to see seals and dolphins; a visit to sand dunes that stretch
a thousand feet into the sky, and possibly a visit to a shipwreck
Some areas are accessible only on foot, she said, and great care
is taken by visitors to maintain the ecological balance of the
"There are clay geological formations that look like castles,"
she said, and freshwater, spring-fed oases that support such
wildlife as elephants, ostrich, Cape fur seals, jackal and
Another draw of the region is the presence of the Himba people,
nomads who color their hair with yellow ocher and interact with
"This is one of the few African tribes that has retained its
tribal and cultural ways without being polluted by Western
influences," said Birch.
Accommodations are at the Skeleton Coast Camp, which is on an
island about 12.5 miles inland from the coast.
The camp features five permanent luxury tents.
The tents hold up to 10 people and feature private
According to Birch, all of the meals are catered, so
participants "don't do a thing. It's like being in a hotel in the
Group sizes are limited to eight participants, and early booking
The 16-night safari, with departures on June 9 and 30, July 21,
Aug. 11 and Sept. 1, is priced from $3,950, land only, plus $600
for charter flights.
For additional information, contact Mountain Travel Sobek at
Information also can be obtained via the operator's Web site, at