Skeleton Coast National Park


Covering 1.6 million hectares, the Skeleton Coast Park remains one of the world’s last great wildernesses: harsh, still not completely explored, untamed and extraordinarily beautiful. Wreathed in sea fog, lashed by Atlantic waves, and scoured by high gritty winds, the Skeleton Coast is aptly named. Take a stroll into but not too far into the stark desert landscape. Search the dunes for a glimpse of the small creatures that scurry across the sand or the larger ones, like desert-dwelling elephants and lions, that move for vast distances in their quest to survive in the desert. Explore the geological wonders of the desert – dunes that roar and rocks that glisten with promise. Or stick to the coast and fish off the rocky beaches. The nutrient rich Benguela Current provides the potential for a good feast on kabeljou (cob) or a good fight from bronze whaler sharks. For well over 500 years, ships have run aground on the shores of the Skeleton Coast and wrecked mariners have struggled vainly to cross the expanse of waterless dunes, mountains and lichen-covered gravel plains in search of safety. A dreamscape of profound harshness and beauty, and an important conservation area for rare desert dwelling animals, this is the magic of the Skeleton Coast Park.