This is arguably Namibia’s most striking destination, earning its formidable name over the centuries for its treacherous currents, barren shores and inhospitable beauty. However, today this location is one of the best reasons to do a flying safari over this remarkable landscape of shipwrecks, secret rivers, shifting sand dunes, mesmerising canyons and its well concealed life.

The terrain changes the further north you go, as does its inaccessibility. For about 250 kilometres north of Swakopmund to the Torra Bay the scene is mostly gravel plains and rocky desert. The southern part of the Skeleton Coast Park is accessible by car until Terrace Bay where its northern section or ‘wilderness area’ is restricted to fly-in visitors only.

What is not widely known about this area is that its various sand rivers such as the Omaruru, Ugab, Huab and Koichab that begin in the inner highlands create oases and water beds that support fascinating desert ecosystems, wildlife and even the Himba people, who have survived off these green inland rivers for centuries.

What to do

  • Staggering flying safaris
  • Wildlife to spot : Desert elephants, oryx, kudu, springbok, jackals. More seldom seen is the brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, lion and even cheetah
  • Cape Cross Seal Reserve is where you can observe vast colonies of Cape fur seals
  • Birds: Sanderlings, larks, brown snake eagle, falcons and flamingoes