Skeleton Coast Park

Skeleton Coast
North of Swakopmund, the South Atlantic Ocean washes onto a barren, gravel desert – a coast which is aptly named for the skeletons of ships and whales found here.

The Skeleton Coast has everything from roaring dunes, windswept plains, towering canyons, salt pans to seal colonies, and shipwrecks along this part of the coast. Fresh water springs create rare oases in the desert that sustain pockets of wildlife including springbok, gemsbok (oryx), the desert elephant, ostrich, jackal and brown hyena. Vegetation like welwitschia has adapted to the harsh conditions.