Namibia is truly exceptional. We spent four days with Skeleton Coast Safaris, traveling North from Windhoek towards the Angolan border in two Cessna 210s. Our expert pilot-guides were Helga and Henke Schoerman. We explored sand dunes, deserts, mountains, and river valleys by foot and by Land Rover. Along the coast, we flew over thousands of fur seals and dozens of shipwrecks, some of which were over a hundred years old. We flew fast and low to stay under the morning fog. At times, it felt as if we could reach out and touch the waves and dunes. It was the very definition of adventure tourism. Here, the word “epic” doesn’t quite capture the thrill of running up a 100 meter sand dune only to gaze upon an endless stretch of 300 meter dunes extending into the horizon. The harshness of the arid landscape and the silence of the desert was all-encompassing. There is life in the desert, a surprising amount in fact, but it is not an easy life. The animals and people who live here are as tough as they come.