Set in the northwest of Namibia, the Skeleton Coast is considered one of the harshest and most inhospitable environments in Africa. The landscape is hauntingly beautiful, comprised of shifting sand dunes, treacherous seas and rocky landscapes. The fog rolling off the sea and notorious strong currents have seen the demise of many ships over the years and the many shipwrecks and whale carcasses are what remains today.
While the area is not traditionally known for its wildlife, there is an unexpected variety. Highlights include huge seal colonies, desert-adapted lions, elephants, giraffes and finally jackals and hyenas, who prey on the seal pups.
Very few appreciate the sheer magnitude of the Skeleton Coast, which stretches the 400km of coastline up to the Angolan border. Those wanting to visit the Skeleton Coast must stay within the Skeleton Coast National Park, in which there exists only one luxury lodge. The area is forbidden to any other visitor without the right government permit. For those who choose not to stay within the park, instead base themselves in Swakopmund. From there, they can enjoy the Skeleton Coast from the skies on a scenic flight, which is arguably the way to see it. For those not on a budget, the best way to view these incredible landscapes is with Skeleton Coast Safaris, who have access to the most remote and inaccessible parts of Namibia.