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.
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.