Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland

Venture north into one of the most beautiful and remote corners of Africa, the Skeleton Coast.

Overview

Skeleton Coast

North of Swakopmund lies the Skeleton Coast National Park. However only the less interesting flatter plains in the south are accessible to normal cars. The real Skeleton Coast is a very fragile environment and access is severely restricted so it is only accessible by safari plane.

Life on the Skeleton Coast is an ongoing struggle for survival. This a coast of mammal skeletons, shipwrecks, roaring dunes, windswept plains, seal colonies and wild desolation. The attraction of the Skeleton Coast lies in the colours, changing moods and untouched profile of its landscape. Its aura of mystery is largely due to the dense coastal fog and cold sea breezes caused by the cold Benguela ocean currents. Shipwrecks scattered along the coast bear witness to many ships that have come to grief on these desolate shores.

Kaokoland & Kunene

The remote Kaokoland/Kunene region lies inland from the Skeleton Coast. Here the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air generates early morning mists which drift along the rivers and canyons, providing sustenance to wildlife and flora alike. Along the northern edge of the Kaokaland on the lush Kunene River, birds and animals not only survive but flourish.

The inhospitable Kaokoveld is a remote but stunning region of mountains and dry riverbeds. It is home to the last nomadic tribe in Namibia, the Himba people with their tiny settlements of beehive huts.
Unusual inhabitants, like the infamous lions of the Skeleton Coast have been spotted, uniquely adapted to utilize scarce resources. The lions don’t stay on the coast but use the rivers to move between the Skeleton Coast and the Kaokoland inland.

Tour Highlights

  • Stay in the only camp inside the world’s 4th largest National Park
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
  • Track for desert-adapted elephants in ephemeral river systems
  • A site visit at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein
  • Visit a Himba settlement
  • Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats

Features

Why you may love it

  • To see a unique landscape quite unlike anywhere else in the world
  • Experience the ‘roaring dunes’
  • Stunning flying experience over the coast
  • Explore the fascinating vegetation and wildlife
  • Visit the villages of the Himba people
  • Enjoy quad biking, walking and nature drives at the Kunene River

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When to visit Skeleton Coast & Kaokoland

January to March

Dry and sunny

The Skeleton Coast follows the broad summer rainfall pattern of the rest of Namibia. Except there is hardly any rain in the summer months! The days are mostly dry and sunny and range around 25C as the cold sea winds bring down the temperatures. Inland, or on windless days, the temperatures rises. This is considered the best time to visit as it is a little warmer and the morning fog is not so heavy. You’re more likely to see some wildlife as they tend to be more out and about.
AVG RAINFALL 3mm
MAX TEMP 25 ℃ / 77 ℉
MIN TEMP 15 ℃ / 59 ℉

April to September

Dry season

The dry season begins. Mornings continue to be foggy especially at the coast, but the sun burns through the fog to bring sunny blue skies. These are cooler months with cold nights and days of approx. 20-22C. It is warmer as you move away from the coast.
AVG RAINFALL .5mm
MAX TEMP 23 ℃ / 73 ℉
MIN TEMP 10 ℃ / 50 ℉

October to December

Dry and sunny

It continues to be dry and sunny but the day-time temperatures increase to up to 22-24C. However the continuing morning fog and cold sea winds keep the daytime temperatures down on the coast. Again it is warmer in Koakoland away from the influence of the sea. This is considered the best time to visit as it is a little warmer and the morning fog is not so heavy. The little bit of rain clears the sky nicely. And you’re more likely to see some wildlife as they tend to be more out and about.
AVG RAINFALL 0mm
MAX TEMP 23 ℃ / 73 ℉
MIN TEMP 12 ℃ / 54 ℉

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Did you know
  • KaokolandThe least populated area in Namibia - 1 person every 2 km²
  • Skeleton CoastAnnual rainfall of less than 10mm (0.39in)