Skeleton Coast

Jutting out from the northernmost region of Namibia is the magical and mysterious Skeleton Coast. Getting its name from its skeletal-like formation and a good number of rusting shipwrecks to explore, this 976-mile stretch of coastline is considered wildly treacherous in some areas due to its rocky shallows and an ominous fog that drifts in at will. Those seeking a unique aesthetic and varietal terrain will enjoy climbing the plentiful dunes stretching up toward the sky like rows of ancient soldiers.

Getting There

Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport is the nearest airport to Skeleton Coast. There are no scheduled domestic flights anywhere close to the Skeleton Coast. Charter flights between parks are generally arranged on your behalf, courtesy of your tour operator. When entering from the south, the Skeleton Coast is located 200 km from the town of Swakopmund and 485 km from Windhoek. A special permit to enter parts of the park needs to be obtained by all visitors. Self-drive visitors, and most organized tours, start their journey via 4×4 in Windhoek. It is also possible to drive to the Skeleton Coast from Etosha in the north of the country. The distance is about 620 km and the driving time about 8 hours.