10 experiences to have along the Skeleton Coast

discoverafrica 22 August 2018
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Adventure is always just around the corner in Namibia. Whether it’s tackling a challenging 4x4 route in a remote area, hurtling down a sand dune on a board, or skydiving above the desert, there are endless ways to experience the country with some adrenaline-inducing fun.


1. Braving the swell on a surfing trip

Chris Ross | Credit: Russ Ord

Namibia is fast becoming of Africa’s surfing hotspots. Incredible waves make this an awesome place to go on an active adventure. May to October is the perfect time to surf. While it is the rainy season, the weather is mild and the swells huge.

2. Cape Cross seal colony

Watch the drama of this breeding colony as they fill the beach up with young pups and lusty males. Lurking in the background are jackals and other predators, ready to snatch a pup that’s evaded the watchful eye of it’s mother.

3. Explore the ghostly Kolmanskop

An abandoned mining settlement a few kilometres from the beaches of the Skeleton Coast. The first inhabitants were after diamonds, which literally littered the land. It was soon abandoned and what’s left is a sand-covered shell of this former bustling settlement. Eerily fascinating.

4. Near vertical descent down massive sand dunes

This thrilling activity is not for the faint of heart. It’s best to do this activity with an experienced tour operator, familiar with the changing landscape of the dunes. We'll find one that suits your budget. The number one rule? Don’t brake!

5. Graveyard of ships

The Skeleton Coast has been the site of many a shipwreck. The treacherous Atlantic Ocean can be difficult to navigate due to extreme weather conditions. A ship in danger along the coast has very little hope of being saved…

7. Fishing

Credit: Strandloopertjies

The coast offers up plenty of marine life and is an excellent fishing spot. Enjoy your catch of the day over hot coals while you watch the orange sunset disappear over the horizon

8. Discover the coast from the water

Several tour operators offer day trip kayaking along the coast. There’s nothing quite like experiencing the coast, the seal colony, many marine species and birds from the water. Timing is key, as the weather can churn up the waves very quickly. However, the experience is well worth it.

9. Hike the Ugab River Trail

Credit: Ugab Terrace Lodge

This trail is located at the boundary of the Skeleton Coast outside Swakopmund. You don’t need to be super-fit to explore the trail as it is much less strenuous than the Fish River Canyon trail. Soak up the silence, appreciate the uniquely adapted vegetation and finish your journey captivated by the sheer geological wonder of this unique country. Best from April to October.


10. Camp in the remote Hoanib Valley Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession.

Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld. The camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay.

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