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Exploring the Skeleton Coast

Visit the Skeleton Coast, Namibia

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.

Fly-in safaris

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.

Harriet, an Audley Travel Specialist

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Audley Travel specialist Chloe

Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our Namibia specialists on 01993 838 525

Suggested Skeleton Coast itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Skeleton Coast, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Skeleton Coast

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    Accommodation choices for the Skeleton Coast

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Skeleton Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.