Film premier of our Skeleton Coast Expedition
Expedition member from the 2009 World First expedition

Expedition member from the 2009 World First expedition

In 2009, Voyage Active was instrumental in organising a world first expedition on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia for 14 explorers who undertook a 500km unsupported trek along this inhospitable coastline. Battling freezing Antarctic ocean temperatures to collect water to desalinate, wind and sand storms, punishing daytime desert temperatures and gruelling walking schedules with 35kg rucksacks, the team made it from Luderitz to Walvis Bay in 20 days. Their journey took them through seal colonies, across high sand dunes, over beds of marine life skeletons and even wading through a high, algae-ridden foam build-up from the ocean, most of which has never been recorded before. They didn’t pass a single soul until nearing their goal at Walvis Bay – their only company was each other, the occasional Jackal and the scores of seals that followed their journey. The coastline is uninhabited by the living but scattered with ship wrecks that have been washed up on shore and dumped deep into the desert by violent storms.

Gaynor Leeper, Director and owner of Voyage Active, was part of the successful team to complete the expedition which was documented on film by Brave World Film cameraman, Andrew Miles. The film, titled “Skeleton Coast: Gates of Hell” is aptly named and now due to premiere at Brighton Fringe on Saturday May 9th 2015 at 17.30. For tickets (£10) go Brighton Fringe.

In 2011, Voyage Active organised a follow-up expedition led by Sam McConnell, along the most northern section of the Namibian Coast to the Angola border.