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Skeleton Coast National Park is located in northwestern Namibia. Skeleton Coast National Park is well known for the inaccessible shores that are dotted with shipwrecks, and rocky outcrops as well as the number of dead whales whose skeletons are scattered over the area.

Skeleton Coast is divided into two parts - northern and Southern. The southern part can be accessed with a 4X4 capable car while the northern part is only accessible by light aircraft.

skeleton coast destroyed ship


On your visit to Namibia's skeleton coast, you can enjoy any of the following activities.

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Off-the-beaten track desert exploration
  • Marine wildlife viewing
  • Fishing
  • Aerial landscape exploration
  • Photography

When To Visit

Skeleton Coast National Park can be visited all year round. The recommended time is however between October and March when the nights are warmer and the fog is less. 

While you won't have to worry about rainy weather, the Skeleton coast can become very cold especially in the dry winter months of May through October. The dry winters are characterized by cool winds blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean.

Getting There

Skeleton Coast National Park is located 485 kilometres from Windhoek - Namibia's capital city. You can also drive the 600-kilometer journey from Etosha National Park and reach Skeleton Coast National Park within 8 hours.

A domestic flight can also be organized on your behalf by a local tour operator to the various national parks.

Most visitors to Skeleton Coast prefer to drive (especially in the Southern part) because it allows them to experience the unreal landscape of the park.

Where To Stay

You will find plenty of accommodation options in Skeleton Coast National Park. You can either choose luxury accommodation or tented camps.

You can also find properties where you can set up camp and sleep under the desert sky.

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