Not to be confused with areas adjacent to Swakopmund, the Skeleton Coast National Park is one of the most beautiful and dramatic parts of the country. It is widely regarded as the most picturesque park in Africa.
This area is exceptionally remote, with its northern sections visited only by fly-in guests. However, some of the best lodges and operators are based in these far northern regions. It is an absolutely outstanding area.
The north of the park is a very expensive place to stay, but the rewards for paying some of Namibia’s highest prices outweigh the cost, with the area showcasing some of the most exquisite and exclusive scenery on the planet.
The only issue with visiting this area is the logistics of getting here. Self-drive operators can make it up half way, as far as Terrace Bay, but accommodation is limited and you need to know what you are doing!
We highly recommend flying, to experience the best parts of the park, and believe the operators here offer some of the best experiences in Africa.
What you really need to know
What always surprises us about trips to Namibia, is how very few people actually visit Skeleton Coast National Park! Everyone talks about it, and the vast majority of operators include it in their itineraries. However, the majority of travellers explore only up as far as the famous Cape Cross seal colony, which can be a half day’s excursion from Swakopmund. The stunning dunefields begin just 250 km north of Swakopmund… and it is here that the park really comes to life.