The dunes, canyons, mountains and saltpans of the Skeleton Coast lie north of Swakopmund, along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. As well as offering one of the most stunning landscapes on earth, the area is home to huge seal colonies and other interesting wildlife which has adapted to the area.
Here freshwater springs permeate the barren sands to create life-sustaining oases for small pockets of wildlife in the middle of the desert. Hartmann’s mountain zebra, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, Cape fur seals, brown hyena, giraffe and – occasionally – cheetah may all be found in this wild and rugged landscape.
Due to its pristine nature, much of the region is only accessible on foot; there is invariably an opportunity to visit a Himba settlement to appreciate the traditional lifestyle of these originally nomadic people.
There is much to see and experience, flying by light aircraft gives a great insight into this unique region – and offers fantastic views of various shipwrecks along the coastline.
Our Namibia's Desert & Coast itinerary provides a great way to combine the Skeleton Coast with the Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world.
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