Namibia 2007 (part IV): Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast, Namibia:

flat Skeleton Coast

flat Skeleton Coast

Once we reached the Atlantic Ocean after leaving Khorixas, we had to drive for a seemingly endless time along the coast towards south.

The so-called Skeleton Coast is a very inhospitable desert region receiving rarely more than 10 mm of rain per year. Its beaches are littered by hundreds of shipwrecks and once stranded here, chances of survival were low since most settlements were beyond the impenetrable Namib Desert. Today, the area is inhabited only by few fishermen and thousands of seals populating the beaches at Cape Cross. A visit to the colony can be quite disturbing – apart from the stench, a number of predators take any opportunity to kill the weak and young. Therefore you are likely to be entertained by goofy seals and shocked by abundant dead baby seals in varying state of decay (please let me know, if you find the photo of the dead baby seal too disturbing!?).

After a looong drive, we finally reached Swakopmund from where we could again turn inland.

5 responses to “Namibia 2007 (part IV): Skeleton Coast

  1. I absolutely love Namibia – I was there a couple months ago – and hit up the coast to Sandwich Harbour. The Namibian Coast is stunning!

  2. Pingback: Namibia 2007 (part V): Swakopmund | wild life weeks·

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