The Skeleton Coast consists of sand dunes, canyons and mountain ranges. The climate is equally diverse. Most days are categorized by dense fog and cold sea breezes created by the cold Benguela Current which flows off the coast, north from Antarctica and is met by the extreme heat of the Namib Desert.
Despite its arid and deadly appearance, the park is home to a variety of species. Desert adapted elephant, black rhino, desert lion, cheetah, giraffe, oryx, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok and brown hyena can all be found grazing the dry river beds.
The Skeleton Coast National Park stretches south from the Kunene River in the north, on the border with Angola, for approximately 500km to the Ugab River in the south. The park protects about 1/3 of Namibia’s coastline.
The Skeleton Coast can be included as part of any itinerary. To learn more about our itineraries, click on one of the sample itinerary links below:
- Namibia Sample Self Drive Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Guided Safari Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Classic Fly & Guided Safari Itinerary
Best Times to Go
The best time to go to the Skeleton Coast is from October – May. During this time the days are warm with occasionally colds nights. Occasional rains may also occur during this time. From May – September the coast is often blanketed in a thick mist from evening to mid-morning and with it comes strong westerly winds. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing but can still be rather cold.
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