Rugged and wild
The wildly beautiful but dangerous Skeleton Coast stretches along one-third of Namibia’s western coastline and is testament to the innumerable shipwrecks, to lives lost and bleached whale bones that line its shores. Still comparatively unknown to tourists, this region has a stark beauty and an awesomely diverse landscape of gray gravel plains, rugged wilderness, rusting shipwrecks, meandering barchans dunes, distant mountains, towering walls of sand and granite, and crashing seas. The coast is home to only the most adaptable flora and fauna, among them desert-dwelling elephants, Cape fur seals, sea and shore birds including vast numbers of migrant waders, prolific fish species, rare reptiles and bizarre plants.
The best time to visit is between May and August. The climate is generally moderate, often misty.