The Skeleton Coast Park and Wilderness Areas protect approximately one-third of the country’s coastline. It is one of the most awe inspiring places on the planet. The lunar landscape meeting pristine sand dunes neighbouring the harsh Atlantic offers true diversity. The landscape is a sight to itself but, interdispersed with varied the wildlife and memories of earlier life, this area a true visual spectacle.
The southern section is easily accessible by car and as a result plays an important role in any self-drive holiday. Visitors can drive the 350kms between Swakopmund and Terrace Bay along the barren coastline between the cold pounding ocean and stark desert interior. This is a chance to see a variety of ship wrecks, the cape cross seal reserve, old deserted diamond mines and the beginning of the northern dune-sea.
There is little, if any, decent accommodation along the southern section so you either have to be prepared to rough it or make it a long day’s driving between Damaraland and Swakopmund.
The northern section of the Skeleton Coast is the wildest and most awe-inspiring area of the country. Getting into this area is not easy or cheap as the only access is by air, however the result is a truly rewarding and life-enhancing experience. We could not recommend anywhere more highly.
There are two outstanding lodges – Skeleton Coast Camp and Serra Cafema – which we would rank amongst the very best experiences in Africa.
A more basic and lower cost option is the Skeleton Research Camp.
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