Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 4
Mammals: 7
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 5

Lookout for

Cape Fur Seal
Desert Elephant
Aardwolf
Black Rhino
Leopard
Brown Hyena
Jackal
Zebra
Springbok
Gemsbok
Eland
Warthog
Baboon
Meerkat / Suricate
Ostrich

In the far north of Namibia lies the mystical Skeleton Coast region. Here, the only evidence of man are the hollowed carcasses of seafaring vessels that give the coast its name. Miles upon miles of remote coastline are dotted with these shipwrecks. In the past., violent storms, thick fogs, and volatile seas produced a devastating combination that resulted in the region becoming known as the world's largest ship graveyard. The harsh, arid coastal desert landscape further endangered any survivors. Legends, myths and stories based on the region abound! This part of Namibia is also home to a host of wildlife species. Desert-adapted species like the Desert Elephant and Black Rhino, are found here, as well as lion, hyena, cheetah and giraffe. The wrecks themselves have provided homes for marine species such as Cape Fur Seals; you can also see dolphins and whales. The birdlife in the area is also abundant. Guests can also experience the thrill of a scenic flight over the park.

Why we like it

Hauntingly eerie and beautiful, Unique travel destination

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 16,845 sq. km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Gemsbok (Oryx)
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Swakopmund

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Terrace Bay Resort, Skeleton Coast Full Board
Torra Bay Campsite, Skeleton Coast Camping

Key Species

MAMMALS
Gemsbok
Springbok
Zebra


BRIDS
Burrchell's Courser
Ludwig’s Bustard
Ruppell’s Korhaan
Namaqua Sandgrouse
Pygmy Falcon


REPTILES
Puff Adder
Namaqua Chameleon
Peringuey's Adder


TREES
Camelthorn Acacia
Quiver Tree
Makalani Palms


HABITAT TYPES
Desert
Sand Dunes
Pans