Few attractions are as evocative and atmospheric as the haunting the Skeleton Coast. Situated on Namibia’s remote western coastline, it is named after the many ships that sank here over the past few centuries.
The rusted remains of wrecked ships are often surrounded by swirling mists, and make for moody and dramatic visuals. The Skeleton Coast is home to the flourishing Cape Cross seal colony — one of the largest breeding colonies of Cape fur seals.
- Once upon a time the entire coastline of Namibia was called The Skeleton Coast.
- The Skeleton National Park 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 colored 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.
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- Best time to travelYear Round
- Traveling with ChildrenChildren over the age of 12 welcome.
- WildlifeDelight in the comical antics of meerkats (suricates).
- LanguagesEnglish is widely spoken in Namibia.
- Flying to NamibiaThere are frequent flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Windhoek or Walvis Bay. Scheduled flights from Maun and Victoria Falls to Windhoek are also available.
- CurrencyThe currency is Namibian Dollar (NAD); South African Rand (ZAR) cash is accepted.
Explore remote wilderness, majestic mountains and famous red sand dunes.
Stand on top of towering sand dunes for excellent photographic opportunities and revel in the abundance of space, silence and clear skies.
Enhance Your Experience With
- Scenic Flights
- Guided Walks
- Game/Nature Drives
- Star Gazing
- Boat Cruises
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