The Skeleton Coast is an area of great beauty and solitude. It owes its name to the skeletons of whales and ships cast up on this remote, misty, gem-rich coastline by the winds and currents of the South Atlantic.
Wildlife includes seals, bottlenose dolphins, whales and fantastic seabirds, including African (jackass) penguins, pelicans, petrels, gannets, cormorants and flamingos. In the north, the coastline is protected in the Skeleton Coast Park, to which entrance is strictly controlled. Within the park, Wilderness Safaris’ Skeleton Coast Camp has exclusive access to a vast and remote area. Here the geological forces, which shaped the earth’s crust, are laid bare before you.
The contorted rocks bear the scars of the ancient splitting of Gondwanaland, and the drifting and shaping of continents.
Guests at the camp spend their days out in the park with a qualified guide exploring the soaring sand dunes; vast, pastel-coloured plains; towering canyons and mountains; salt pans; seal colonies and beaches strewn with whale bones and the masts and sea-worn detritus of sunken vessels.
As time goes by, you will pick out the wildlife; the silhouette of a solitary ostrich, a lone jackal hunting seal cubs, a gemsbok (oryx) camouflaged against a sand dune. In the riverbeds you can encounter desert-adapted elephant, giraffe and other species.
Further south, the road to Swapokmund follows the Skeleton Coast. At Cape Cross there is a massive seal colony, with accommodation at nearby Cape Cross Lodge. You will also find fishing villages with villas built by German settlers in their own unique style reminiscent of the Bauhaaus movement.
The Skeleton Coast is not the place for a beach holiday but you cannot miss this unique area on a holiday to Namibia. The South Atlantic is cold, and as the cool Benguela current from the Antarctica meets the warm landmass, it creates a fogbank that envelopes the shoreline in the early morning, before the sun burns it away.
- Spend time in some of the most remote camps in Namibia
- Discover the fascinating wildlife at Hoanib
- Sip sun downers on the river banks at Serra Camfema
Cape Cross Lodge, 120 kilometres north of Swakopmund and 50 km north of Henties Bay, is set on the only private, beachfront land in the Skeleton Coast Park. Twenty well-appointed, en suite double rooms provide luxury accommodation for couples, families and fishermen wishing to stay right on the coast.Accommodation & facilitiesAll rooms at Cape Cross Lodge have sea views, some are courtyard facing,...
An exclusive camp accessible only by light aircraft, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is the perfect camp to enjoy the depths of the unusual and remote wilderness of Namibia.Straddling the Palmwag area and the Skeleton Coast National Park, a stay here will surround you with the wild desolate nature of this intriguing part of Africa; the vast plains, dry riverbeds and bare mountains. The eight classicall...
- Visit the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei
- Visit the remote Hoanib Skeleton Coast camp
- Scenic inter camp light aircraft flights over breathtaking scenery
- Marvel at the wildlife as they congregate around waterholes in Etosha
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