T he coastal strip houses the towns of Cape Cross, Henties Bay, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, and the fishing settlement of Wlotzkasbaken. The Dorob National Park – proclaimed to protect sensitive environmental areas – extends between the Swakop and Ugab rivers, while the Skeleton Coast National Park covers the area north of the Ugab River up to the Kunene River, protecting the northern third of Namibia’s coastline. Due to the TransKalahari Highway and uranium rush, the area is home to two of Namibia’s fastest-growing urban centres – Swakopmund and Henties Bay – and hosts two of Namibia’s major contributors to the GDP, mining and fishing. In 2013, the Namib Sand Sea – stretching from the Kuiseb River southwards to the northern boundary of the Sperrgebiet National Park – achieved World Heritage Site status, making it Namibia’s second UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • The coast is Namibia’s adventure mecca
  • It offers abundant history, culture, art and crafts
  • The Skeleton Coast Park protects one third of the Namibian coastline
  • The strip is a haven for unique plants, animals and birds
  • It is the ultimate summer holiday destination for locals


  • 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 horse or camel on a guided tour just outside Swakopmund


Coastal Strip


Coastal Strip

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