Visit The Skeleton Coast
The Skeleton Coast is a barren area and particularly well named; many early explorers’ ships were wrecked here. Surprisingly, there is considerable wildlife further inland. The best way to visit is a fly-in safari.
The Skeleton Coast, Namibia
North of Swakopmund the Skeleton Coast National Park stretches up to the Kunene River.
It is a barren area and particularly aptly named. Strong currents, treacherous fog and shifting underwater sandbanks ensured that many early explorers’ ships were wrecked. They can still be seen, now many metres from the shore.
Wildlife of the Skeleton Coast National Park
The landscape of the Skeleton Coast, whilst stark, is stunning. Rock formations such as the Ugab Formations defy belief. There are clay castles at the Hoarusib Canyon, reverberating dunes that roar and gravel plains covered with ancient welwitschia plants. The dry river valleys are home to desert-adapted elephant, giraffe, brown hyena and more.
The majority of the park is not accessible by vehicle. There are two safari companies that operate fly-in safaris to the area. These last three to four days and experienced safari-goers regard these as some of the best trips in Africa.
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Accommodation in The Skeleton Coast
Kunene River Lodge
Kunene River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kunene River. Activities include white water rafting and river boarding, bird watching, sundowner cruises, canoeing, hiking, fishing and mountain biking.
Kunene Camp is perched on the rocky hillside above the Kunene River, looking down onto the water and across to the huge rocky mountains of Angola.
Cape Cross Lodge
Cape Cross Lodge is located a five minute drive from the seal colony at Cape Cross. It has a spectacular position above a white beach with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Serra Cafema has an incredible location from which you can explore Namibia's remotest corners. We highly recommend it.