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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 meters 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.

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Suggested itineraries featuring the Skeleton Coast

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Skeleton Coast, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Skeleton Coast

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    Places near the Skeleton Coast

    Photos of the Skeleton Coast

    Our expert guides to exploring the Skeleton Coast

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting the Skeleton Coast, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate the Skeleton Coast at its best.

    • Flying over the Great Dune Sea on a Skeleton Coast Safari

      Skeleton Coast safari

      You can experience Namibia's Skeleton Coast with an Audley fly-in safari. You'll have the opportunity to see unique wildlife, such as desert adapted elephant within the setting of an extraordinary landscape.

    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.

    • Shipwreck Lodge Rooms

      Shipwreck Lodge

      First Class

      The striking design of Shipwreck Lodge takes full advantage of its position as the only property in Skeleton Coast National Park, spotlighting the exceptional landscape.

    • View of the river from the dining room at Kunene Camp, The Skeleton Coast

      Kunene Camp

      First Class

      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.

    • River views at Serra Cafema

      Serra Caféma

      Deluxe

      Serra Cafema has an incredible location from which you can explore Namibia's remotest corners. We highly recommend it.

    • Kunene River Lodge, Kunene Region

      Kunene River Lodge

      Basic

      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.