The Skeleton Coast National Park covers 2-million hectares, yet surprisingly it remains one of the least visited and most inhospitable places on the planet. It is untouched and mysterious, sometimes swept by cold ocean breezes and a dense fog, which played a lead role in the history of shipwrecks that rest along the shoreline. During one of our incredible Namibia safaris, you’ll be able to discover the wrecks themselves that rest upon the beach and come face-to-face with history itself.
The Skeleton Coast temperatures between October and May are surprisingly cool compared to the hot and arid region just south of this Namibian attraction. There is a strong wind that blows between May and September, covering the Skeleton Coast with mist and lowering the temperature significantly. Although it never drops below freezing at the Skeleton Coast, it can become very cold during the winter months – especially at night. It rarely rains, but the constant sea mist gives moisture to the plant and animal life.
Another important feature of the Skeleton Coast are the many different types of sand dunes that can be found there. With hummock dunes, traverse dunes and crescent dunes, as well as rugged canyons and richly coloured volcanic rock, you’ll be astounded by the extraordinary geology of this Namibian area.
And what would a Namibian safari experience be without the wildlife? On one of our safaris to the Skeleton Coast, you’ll be able to encounter the rare and endangered desert elephant, desert Oryx, springbok, giraffe, brown hyena, ostrich, and the rare black rhino. You’ll also be able to witness the near seal colony which holds several thousand Cape fur seals, with dolphins and whales leaping in the waves just off the shore.
The Himba Tribe
While no one can live on this inhospitable Skeleton coast, the nomadic Himba tribe resides further inland not far from this barren desolate tract. The Himba people are beautiful, elegant and mysterious Namibian people. They wear simple goatskins and jewellery made from leather, metal and shells. The Himba people adorn and protect their bodies and hair with rich ochre mud mixed with animal fat. This gives them protection from the elements in this Namibia safari area, and coats their skin in a thick aesthetic layer of tribal make up. Amazingly, the Himba people appear striking and magnificent looking due to their skin treatment – creating a quiet, elegant beauty that reflects their traditions and culture.
From rare encounters with the nomadic beautiful and elegant Himba tribe to the thousands of roaring Cape fur seals that call the Skeleton Coast home, a Namibian safari to the Skeleton Coast is one experience that you will not quickly forget!