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The Skeleton Coast


The Skeleton Coast National Park of Namibia stretches from the Kunene River in the north to the Ugab River in the south, protecting around one-third of Namibia’s coastline.  It was established as a national park in 1971 and was named after the larger area that it inhabits. 
On a Namibia safari, the park is divided into a southern section and a northern section.  The south can be accessed by four wheel drive vehicleson a Namibia tour but only as far north as the Ugab River, while the north can only be reached by a fly-in safari.

Ever since European navigators began to explore the region, it has been the site of many shipwrecks.  The name Skeleton Coast initially referred to whale and seal bones that once washed up onshore due to the area’s whaling industry.  However, it soon became a reference to the many skeletal remains of ships that were caught in fog or by offshore rocks. 

Despite its rather ominous name and somewhat inhospitable appearance, the park and larger coast are home to a wide variety of species including elephants, the black rhino, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebra and more.  Shipwrecks are best viewed from the skyon a Namibia tour and provide excellent environments for both Cape fur seals and seabird colonies while the waters host endemic Benguela dolphins as well as humpback and killer whales.  

 


 

Namibia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Namibia.vacation

Learn about the history and culture of Namibia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Namibia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Namibia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Namibia tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Africa tours, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from Namibia or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours

 

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