Holidays to the Skeleton Coast

Running some 500km from the Kunene River in the north to the Ugab River in the south, the mysterious, misty Skeleton Coast National Park is one of the world's great natural wonders. The stark coastline is famous as the eerie graveyard for huge whale bones, left behind from the days of whale hunting. They are joined by countless shipwrecks which fell afoul of the thick mist that descends along the shoreline. These attractions aside, the Skeleton Coast's huge sand dunes, populations of cape fur seals and flocks of seabirds provide the photographer with ample subject matter.

Skeleton Coast by Olwen Evans Scenery at Kuidas Camp Scenery at Kunene Camp on holidays to the Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast Highlights

  • 500km of stunning coastline
  • Surprising numbers of game, including lion and black rhino
  • Beaches littered with shipwrecks and whale bones
  • A large population of Cape fur seals
  • Humpback, killer whales and pods of dolphins off the coast
  • The extreme isolation and desolation of this park are big highlights

With holidays to the Skeleton Coast you'll find an unexpected variety of terrain and wildlife, with pale sand-dunes, salt pans, canyons and mountains. Within the park's perimeter surprisingly lions, baboons, desert-adapted elephants, black rhinos, spotted and brown hyenas, cheetah, zebra, giraffe and springbok are found in the dry river beds. Off the coast, you may be fortunate enough to spot a humpback or killer whale or perhaps a pod of dolphins. There are two ways to see the Skeleton Coast. You can either drive yourself along the southern section of the National Park (the majority of the park is not accessible by vehicle), or you can take a 3 or 4 day fly-in safari to the more remote north of the coast.

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Skeleton Coast Accommmodation

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  • Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
    Guest tent evening by Dana Allen

    A brand new camp in the Palmwag Concession, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is remote and intimate, set against the backdrop of one of Namibia's most beautiful landscapes.

  • Cape Cross Lodge

    An interesting stop off on the Skeleton Coast, this property offers tranquil ambiance and acts as a great base for visiting the nearby colony of cape fur seals.