Skeleton Coast National Park
The Skeleton Coast National Park is located in the northwest of Namibia, which stretches from the Kunene River in the north for approximately 500km to the Ugab River in the south. It covers one- third of the Namibia’s coast line with most inaccessible shores which are dotted with shipwrecks.
Skeleton Coast name came from the bones that lined the beaches from seal hunts and whaling operations, but more than a few of the skeletons were of humans. The coast has scores of shipwrecks, some are barely identifiable, and others are still in astonishingly good condition.
The park’s landscape compromises of sand dunes, mountain ranges and canyons all of which are identical with Namibia.
Despite its arid and deadly appearance, the Skeleton Coast has a wide array of wildlife species than many other Southern African parks. You can spot Namibia’s famous desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, lion, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, gemsbok, and springbok. Apart from the large mammals you can spot many reptiles and birds. Around 247 species of birds have been recorded in Skeleton Coast Park, including the near endemic Damara Tern.
Best Time To Visit
The Skeleton Coast National Park can be visited all year round by tourists.
- The ideal time to visit Skeleton Coast National Park is during the warmer months from October to March.
- You can visit it all year round, however always carry layers with you ranging from the lightest cotton top to a thick fleece.
- Nights especially if there is a wind can be sullenly cold. Sometimes visibility becomes virtually nil when the sea mist descends that makes everything moist and frosty.
How To Go
Skeleton Coast National Park is well connected by roadways and airways.
Roadways: You can reach Skeleton Coast National Park from Swakopmund which is located 200km south of the park while from Windhoek the park is about 485km. You can also reach the Skeleton Coast from Etosha which is about 620km from the park and usually takes about eight hours drive time to reach the par.
Airways: The entry point of all tourist is usually Hosea Kutako International Airport which is situated just 40km east of Windhoek. You can also reach different destinations via a chartered flight.
What To See, & Highlights
- Ill-Fated Shipwrecks: To see hundreds of ill-fated shipwrecks dotted along the coast.
- Hentis Bay: Henties Bay is the only real town on the Skeleton Coast. It has many fishing spots and is especially popular with anglers.
- Cape Cross Seal Colony: It is a protected peninsula that provides a home for the largest breeding colony of Cape fur seals in the world.
- Desert-Adapted Wildlife: You can spot Namibia’s famous desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, lion, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, gemsbok, and springbok. Apart from the wildlife, you can spot many reptiles and birds.
Things To Do
Below listed are an array of activities which you can do during your visit to Skeleton Coast National Park:
- In-flight tours
- Game drives