Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is not easily accessible, and visitor numbers are strictly limited, but that’s one of the reasons it appeals to us: we seek out natural wildernesses, where the beauty of the landscape is enhanced by your isolation. The best way here is on a fly-in safari, which will bring you directly into the national park. The forbidding nature of this place has led to its bleak, but beautiful reputation and preserved one of the most pristine shorelines in the world.
Though you could sit and just admire the views, we generally consider the Skeleton Coast to be ripe for more adventurous activities. The angling is superb in the National West Coast Recreation Area and the Ugab River Hiking Trail is a challenging but stunning three day hike across the coastal plain into the mountains and canyons of the interior.
A hot air balloon ride, though less energetic, will give you a completely different perspective on the coastline and deserts behind, and you can then come back to Earth and race across the desert by quad bike or 4x4. If you’re lucky, you may hear the sand dunes roaring: it’s caused by air trapped between grains of sand which creates a rumble, reminiscent of a passing jet.