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Skeleton Coast National Park

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Skeleton Coast National Park

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Namibia's Skeleton Coast was once and is still a synonym for the horrors a sailsman could face when his ship sank. All along the coast are the bodies of ships and there are many stories of sailors dying or only escaping the desert by accident.


  • West coast tourist recreation area. This area stretches from outside of Swakopmund in the south up to the Ugab River and inland for approximately 50km inland.
  • The Skelton Coast Park has its southern boundary at the Ugab river and stretches northward to the Namibian border with Angola.


  • Terrace Bay lies within the Skelton Coast Park approximately 370km north from Swakopmund or 275km west from Khorixas.

Other destinations

The Cape Cross seal colony attracts many visitors each year, overwhelmed by the huge number of about 60,000 seals. There are so many of them that the waves of the ocean look as though they were composed of seals. Replicas of the Portuguese crosses can be found at the site, too.


This is a very desolate area with often unchanging scenery. Apart from a few fish camps and the rare village, there is no human habitation for many kilometers.


Get in

  • By Road. The main coastal road starts at Swakopmund and follows the coast north. An alternative route is west from Khorikas.
  • Restrictions. Free public access is not permitted to the area north of Terrace Bay.

Get around

The major road in the area is a salt road. These are very slick if wet. Otherwise, they seem like bad pavement if not recently regraded.


  • Examine the lichen fields supported by the nightly fog. At times it is amazing that anything lives in such a desolate area. Enjoy many kilometers of undeveloped coastline that extends without limit.
  • Over two hundred bird species are regular habitants of the coast line.


The coast is considered to be prime surf angling area.



Stay safe

Be sure to get fuel for your vehicle wherever possible as you may pass many kilometers before having a chance to refill your tank.

Get out

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