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Skeleton Coast

Visiting the Skeleton Coast


The Skeleton Coast stretches north from Swakopmund to the mouth of the Kunene River, marking the border with Angola.

The Skeleton Coast is synonymous with the detritus of wrecked ships and the unlucky sailors who perished on these barren shores over the centuries.

The area was once known to Portuguese mariners as ‘the gates of hell' owing to the strong South Atlantic currents colliding against a landscape of sand dunes leading to dry deserts, inhospitable mountains and the gravel plains of Damaraland.

The town of Hentie's Bay supports the local fishing community and is the closest town to the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, the largest breeding grounds of cape fur seals in the Southern Hemisphere.


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Top itineraries in Skeleton Coast

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Best of Namibia Self-Drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,785 pp incl. flights

Explore Namibia's many and varied highlights, from the plains of the Namib Desert and the apricot dunes of Sossusvlei to wild Damaraland and the world-renowned Etosha National Park.

Top places to stay in Skeleton Coast

Serra Cafema Camp, Kunene

Serra Cafema Camp, Kunene

Contemporary tented camp

Experience authentic Himba culture at this intimate camp located on the banks of the Kunene River, in one of Southern Africa’s remotest areas amid the vast sand dunes of the Hartmann Valley.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Skeleton Coast

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Contemporary tented camp

The rugged desert landscapes of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast set the scene for this wilderness camp, where guests can view distinctive, desert-adapted wildlife and seek out seals and shipwrecks on one of Southern Africa’s most spectacular coastal regions.

Cape Cross Lodge, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Cape Cross Lodge

Contemporary lodge

The wilds of the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast make for an impressive backdrop to one of Namibia’s premiere lodges. Each suite offers panoramic sea views as the cosy interiors offer a stark contrast to the untamed coastline.

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