Comprising an area of almost 17,000km2 (6,500 square miles) from Swakopmund to Namibia’s border with Angola, the Skeleton Coast has rightfully earned it’s name because of the scattered animal bones and shipwrecks that can be seen all over this picturesque strip of land. They serve as a constant reminder of an eerie past.
The entire Skeleton Coast is a photographer’s playground with spectacular scenes providing beautiful backdrops for photographs. Whether you wish to immortalise the shipwrecks or bring life to the animal bones you might come across, photo opportunities will meet you everywhere.
An aerial view of the Skeleton Coast is a must-see when visiting this part of Namibia. How else will you get a bird’s-eye view of the magnificent desert meeting the Atlantic Ocean? Or the incredible Cape Cross seal colony along the Ugab Canyon, or, better yet, the shipwrecks that make the coastline as special as it is? There are various accredited flight options available via the Namibian Tourism Board.
The Cape Cross fur seal colony is situated in the same area where, in 1486, Portuguese explorer Diego Cao set foot on the coast of Namibia. Today, more than 200,000 Cape fur seals call the spot north of the Henties Bay fishing haven home.
Situated outside the Skeleton Coast Park, this campsite is administered by the Save the Rhino Trust. This remote landscape is truly enigmatic, and those who’ve visited have only glowing comments. To get a higher chance of spotting a black rhino, tourists can camp out at Ugab Base Camp which is situated near Namibia’s highest mountain, The Brandberg.
Sandwich Harbour, situated in Dorob National Park, is 56km (34.7 miles) south of Walvis Bay. Now deserted, the harbour once served as a trading and fishing port. The area is now an excellent birdwatcher’s paradise, and the Sandwich 4×4 tour company also offers half- and full-day trips as an alternative day out.
For adventurers, the Ugab and Huab Riverbed terrain makes for the perfect terrain for a hike. Explore the wonders of this mountainous terrain that stretches all the way to the mighty Brandberg, known for it’s White Lady ancient rock art.
The ghost town of Kolmanskop is home to German architectural buildings drowning in sand dunes blown in by the strong wind storms that frequent this part of Namibia. With each building bearing a unique story of its own, the town can be both haunting or devastatingly beautiful – depending on how you look at it. The town is popular with photographers who are mesmerised by the desert swallowing what used to be a thriving mining settlement.