A formidable 40 km coastline strewn with shipwrecks and renegade wildlife

The Skeleton Coast, or “The Land God Made in Anger”, according to the indigenous Khoisan, refers to the 500 km stretch of land where the Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean clashes with the dune north-western Namibia’s dune and desert landscape. The area is renowned for its hostile beauty, characterised by many shipwrecks and beached whale bones. Despite its barren landscape, the Skeleton Coast is home to desert-adapted elephants, rhinos, lions, and brown hyenas. The shores are also home to the largest colony of Cape fur seals!


Track the desert wildlife on a 4x4 self-driving safari or a guided safari.
Stroll along the Cape Cross Seal Colony boardwalk and see thousands of Cape fur Seals.
Explore the Clay Castles in the Hoarusib River valley.
Meet members of the local Himba people
Surf some of the strongest and longest barrels in the world at Cape Cross and Ovahimba Point.
Experience unparalleled stargazing with virtually no light pollution to disturb you.

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Best time to go to Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast can be visited throughout the year, but the ideal time is during the warmer months, from October to March. These months mark spring and summer in the Southern Hemisphere. During this time, there is little rain, which allows clear, blue skies. This period also boasts less foggy mornings and warm nights. Between October and March, there are also more abundant animal sightings to be had.

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Shipwreck Lodge

Otherworldly lodge marooned on the enigmatic and mysterious Skeleton Coast
From$978 /ppn

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