The Skeleton Coast

on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A spooky name, and rightly so- the Skeleton Coast is one of Namibia's favourite destinations, and is eerily named for the bones of whales and seals from the days of the whaling industry, and also the skeletons of wrecked ships. The coast experiences dense ocean fogs, and these combined with offshore rocks have wrecked many a ship!

Despite the slightly unsettling name and history, the Skeleton Coast is a great place to visit as it is full of history and is a stunning and untouched coastline. Protected by the Skeleton Coast National Park, the landscape includes sand dunes, canyons and mountain ranges.

The National Park is home to elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, and more. There are comnpanies which do Skeleton Coast safaris, which you could combine with your motorhome holiday! The shipwrecks are somewhat of a morbid attraction but fascinating none the less for their history. Noteable wreck sites include the Dunedin Star, a Blue Star Liner which ran aground along the coast and has an interesting story of several disastrous rescue attempts. Others are the Montrose, Suiderkus, Sir Charles Elliot, Kaio Maru, Seal and Luanda. Often a scenic flight is the best way to see the wrecks.

 by Joachim Huber Flickr Creative Commons

Base yourself in Swakopmund to visit the Skeleton Coast- try the Alte Brucke campground  or Torra Bay.


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