African Travel Concept

Coastal Region (Skeleton Coast)

Once upon a time the entire coastline of Namibia was called The Skeleton Coast. Today, the moniker mostly refers to the Skeleton National Park, which stretches the northern one-third of Namibia’s shore. The landscape in the park ranges from wind swept dunes to rugged canyons with walls of richly coloured volcanic rock and extensive mountain ranges.

The park’s ominous name is well earned given the scores of shipwrecks littering the beaches – the work of the Benguela Current, dense fog and rough surf. Bleached whale and seal bones also are visible back from days when the whaling industry was still active. But despite its appearance, the Skeleton National Park houses a great variety of species with its borders – big cats, desert-adapted elephant, black rhino and many more.

Temperatures vary from warm to mostly cool and misty conditions, much different than that of the interior of Namibia. Ship wrecks, hidden bays, seals and other ocean life are scattered along this 1570km stretch of beach and, when visiting Namibia, it is imperative that your feet touches this sand at some stage of your program.

A Fly-In safari is a great option, especially to see the vast display of shipwrecks, but you can also enter between the Ugab and Hoanib rivers and enjoy the coast’s superb fishing area.

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