Skeleton Coast & Kunene River



The Skeleton Coast stretches from the Swakop River in the south to the mouth of the Kunene River. Its name is a hat-tip to the many boats that were shipwrecked on its treacherous coast in days gone by. In fact, its rocks and rough seas were so feared, early Portuguese sailors nicknamed the area the ‘Sands of Hell’.

We can’t recommend our fly-safari enough. It’s the best way to see the shipwrecks, seals, desolate beaches and sandy shallows. And to get an unforgettable view of the mists rolling in from the Atlantic, along with the dunes and gravel plains that make up this ghostly, inhospitable area. And for a truly unique experience, we suggest a few days right up in the north of the region on the banks of the Kunene River.

Places to stay

  • Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

    Skeleton Coast

    This camp is truly exceptional. The location is one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld. The setting is...

  • Serra Cafema

    Kunene River

    The rushing rapids of the Kunene River are a stark contrast to the dry sandy dunes of Namibia. They’re surprising...

  • Shipwreck Lodge

    Skeleton Coast

    These wooden and glass constructions, complete with portholes, resemble the shipwrecks the coastline is famous for. They offer uninterrupted views...

  • Hoanib Valley Camp


    North west Namibia is a wild and remote environment. And the muted colours of Hoanib Valley Camp’s tents blend perfectly...


Only accessible by air, there are various flights - or full fly-in safari options - from Windhoek and from other areas of Namibia.


The desert climate can be harsh - expect wind when at the coast and frequent early morning fog over the dunes. The coast is generally cooler than inland areas of Namibia and the temperatures can change rapidly. It rarely drops to freezing but even over the summer months from November to April, the days can be cooler and the nights chilly.


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