Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast is about as far off the beaten track as it’s possible to get. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the region extends southwards from the Angolan border to just north of the coastal town of Swakopmund.

The Skeleton Coast is both bleak and inaccessible and yet it continues to fascinate foreign visitors. As one of Africa’s great untouched wildernesses, it offers travelers the chance to experience nature in all its unspoiled grandeur. The coastline is divided into two sections — the southerly National West Coast Tourist Recreation Area and the northerly Skeleton Coast National Park.

The former is accessed with relative ease, although a permit is required. The wildest areas are in the northern section, however, and it’s kept pristine by a restriction that allows only 800 visitors a year. Access is by fly-in safari only, and consequently visits to the Skeleton Coast National Park are both exclusive and expensive.