A strip of desert sand that stretches from the Kunene to the Orange rivers, hugging Namibia’s coastline north to south. The Namib Sand Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching between the Kuiseb River and the Tsau //Khaeb National Park, is a mass of rolling dunes in shades of gold, ochre, and honey, that tumble into the cobalt-blue water. Many ships and their crews have met their end along the Skeleton Coast. Now a national park, the area covers the expanse between the Ugab River and the Kunene River, protecting the northern third of Namibia’s coastline. Between the Ugab and Swakop rivers, the sensitive ecosystem of lichens and Damara tern breeding grounds make up the Dorob National Park. Its most northerly settlement, Cape Cross, is the site the largest colony of Cape fur seals in the world. The ice-cold Benguela current brings essential nutrients to Namibia’s coastal waters, supporting life under the water as well as above it. Consequently, the Dorob National Park’s beaches are popular fishing sites and have resulted in settlements such as Henties Bay and Wlotzkasbaken. South of these, Swakopmund, with its charming architecture and quirky personality, is a favourite destination for travellers after hot safaris inland.
- The coast is Namibia’s adventure mecca
- It offers abundant history, culture, art and crafts
- The Skeleton Coast National Park protects the northern stretch of the Namibian coastline, and the Namib-Naukluft National Park protects most of the southern strip.
- The strip is a haven for unique plants, animals and birds
- Namibia has many beautiful and pristine beaches
ACTIVITIES & ADVENTURES
- Go sand-boarding, quad-biking, fishing, wind-surfing, sailing, sky-diving, paragliding or dolphin cruising in one of the popular coastal towns
- Take a stroll through the centre of Swakopmund and admire the historical buildings
- Climb Dune 7 and see the world from a different perspective
- Go on a cultural township tour through Mondesa or Kuisebmond
- Admire flamingos and other avifauna at the Walvis Bay Lagoon, a RAMSAR-declared site for coastal birds
- Take to the dunes and beaches atop a fatbike, horse or camel on a guided tour just outside Swakopmund
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