The rugged and desolate Skeleton Coast is an area of remarkable contrasts

Named for the rusting skeletons of numerous ships that were wrecked here, Portuguese sailors also referred to this fierce wilderness as “the gates of hell”. Hardly an enticing nickname, but this extraordinary and unusual destination remains one of the main attractions on any trip to Namibia.

 

The vast sands of the Skeleton Coast Park cover an area of around 16 000 square kilometres. This remote area is often covered in a blanket of coastal fog and suffers from cold sea breezes: a harsh climate that has lead to a unique ecosystem. The magnificent landscape of the Skeleton Coast ranges from towering sand dunes to deep canyons and mountain ranges, whose slopes are covered by a variety of plants that have adapted to this environment, such as the unusual elephant foot plant.

An abundance of wildlife can be found thriving in these harsh conditions, leading to a spectacular African safari experience. Animals found in the Park include gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, jackal, hyena, giraffe, lions and desert elephants. There are also huge seal colonies along the coast such as the one at Cape Frio and the sight of thousands of these creatures blanketing the vast beaches is truly awe-inspiring. Birdlife in the park is similarly incredible with huge flocks of sandpipers and other long beaked fishers to be seen, as well as short beaked waders, cormorants and Cape Gannets.

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Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa.

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Stay at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a remote valley in Northern Namibia where two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River meet. The exclusive tented camp features large, stylish safari tents with shaded outdoor decks and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay. Backed by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery – its unique location gives you access to largely undiscovered parts of the Kaokoveld.

Stay at Serra Cafema

Located in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River, hidden amongst the shady albida trees, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. This peaceful camp takes its inspiration from the local Himba people, combining rustic and luxury elements in eight wood, canvas and thatched villas atop raised decks. Each tent blends beautifully with the bush and offers all the modern comforts. The Ozonganda, or main area, provides a choice of indoor and outdoor dining and relaxation areas, all looking out on the spectacular views.

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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a remote valley in Northern Namibia where two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River meet.

Serra Cafema

Hidden amongst shady albida trees, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a remote valley in Northern Namibia where two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River meet.

Serra Cafema

Hidden amongst shady albida trees, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a remote valley in Northern Namibia where two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River meet.

Serra Cafema

Hidden amongst shady albida trees, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa.

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"Namibia was wonderful & amazing ! it was a great family trip. We loved it in so many ways – the people, the landscape, the animals, the different culture, the lodges!"

Sharon, IL | 15 Nights in Namibia Trip

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