Skeleton Coast National Park
The Skeleton Coast is one of the remotest destinations in Africa. A vast stretch of desert along the west coast of southern Africa it is a forbidding environment. The currents off the coast are treacherous and led to many ships being wrecked along the coast. Their skeletal remains still poke out of the dunes. The region is scattered with bones from the whaling operations of the last century. Hence the regions name of Skeleton Coast.
Despite its forbidding appearance, the region is home to a surprising array of wildlife. A bit inland, guests can seek out the elusive desert-adapted elephants and black-maned lions. The private conservancies are home to a thriving population endangered black rhino. Guests can enjoy game drives to see out desert specialist species including brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, kudu antelope and zebras. The coast is home to one of the largest seal colonies at Cape Cross.
The Skeleton Coast region is divided into two sections – the southern sector from the Ugab River to Torra Bay is accessible to everyone. From Ugabmund to Springbokwater a permit needs to be purchased. The area north of Torra Bay is considered the most beautiful stretch of coastline. This area is restricted to a few tour operators who hold concessions to operate here. Charter flights are needed to access these luxury lodges and guests are assured privacy and seclusion.