Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast National Park is located in northwest Namibia and spans a vast 20,000 sq km. The Park is divided into two main parts-the northern section and the southern section of which the northern is only accessible by fly-in safari and the southern is open to those with 4X4 vehicles. The Skeleton Coast is one of the least ventured by tourists as the Bushmen of the Namibian call the region “The Land God Made in Anger” and Portuguese sailors refer to it as “The Gates of Hell”.

The Coast is subject to dense ocean fogs from the upwelling of the cold Benguela current. One can find numerous bleached whale and seal bones covering the shoreline as well as skeletal shipwrecks caused by rocks lying just off the shore. Some of the most notable wrecks washed up on the Skeleton Coast are Otavi, Tong Taw, Eduard Bohlen, and Dunedin Star.

In the Northern half of the Park one can expect to see the Agate Mountain saltpans, clay castles of the Hoarisib, and the large seal colony at Cape Fria. Due to the Benguela Current, the waters bring in lots of plankton and massive amounts of fish. At Cape Cross, erected in 1486, on can find a huge seal colony of 50,000 seals gathering to feed nutrient rich waters filled with fish and plankton. The Park has been subject to numerous wildlife documentaries about how animals have adapted to the hospitable and extremely dry environment. If traveling further inland near the riverbeds there are a few animals that call this land their home-namely giraffes, springbok, baboons, lions, and black rhinoceros.

Lodges in the area.