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Skeleton Coast

Why visit the Skeleton Coast?

The aptly named Skeleton Coast stretches north of Swakopmund.  The strong Benguela current, dense fog and shifting sandbanks make this a particularly dangerous stretch of coastline, which was once known for the numerous shipwrecks that could be seen here, though most of these have now been claimed back by the sea.  Perhaps surprisingly, this area sustains an array of wildlife.  The stunning rock formations, dunes  and plains on this rugged coastline are home to desert-adapted elephant, brown hyena and many more species .
Reasons to visit the Skeleton Coast include:

  • Crashing waves and swirling mists make for atmospheric photographs.
  • Take a scenic flight along this barren, rugged coastline to appreciate the vast expanse of it all.
  • The Skeleton Coast can be visited as a day trip from Swakopmund or as part of a longer itinerary venturing further up the coast.
  • Visit the Cape Cross seal colony ”“ the number of Cape fur seals in this breeding colony is quite breath-taking.
  • The scenery is as atmospheric as it is awe-inspiring , the stark beauty of the area simply captivating.
  • Experience the remoteness of the area, you will not find any crowds here (apart from the crowds of seals at Cape Cross).

When to visit the Skeleton Coast.

This coastal region can be visited at any time of year.  The winter months can see some spectacular Atlantic storms and the days often start with fog rolling in from the sea but like much of Namibia, it can be a year round destination.

How to do it

You can self-drive to the Southern Part of the Skeleton Coast, but if you want to venture north it will have to be done as part of a fly-in safari, and whilst this is expensive, it is a unique experience and you will see some beautiful, desolate, volatile coastline.

Accommodation on the Skeleton Coast.

Places to stay on the Skeleton Coast are few and far between. We really like Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, whilst it is not actually on the shore, it really does offer a unique, almost isolated experience of this magnificent, pristine area.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

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Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.

Language: Namibia’s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.

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Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.  

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