Kaokoland and the Skeleton Coast

The Remote and Untamed Home of Rare Cultures and Wildlife


The Skeleton Coast gets its name from the many eerie shipwrecks and whale bones which lie along its windswept shore. Abutting the ocean is desert and dunes sweep right into the water, making for spectacular scenery. The area has a desolate beauty and is often shrouded in fog. It may seem barren however the fog sustains a variety of life in the arid land from desert-adapted wildlife like gemsbok and springbok, jackals and brown hyaena to snakes and insects. The ocean is full of whales and the incredible sight of thousands of Cape fur seals is a highlight. 

Inland is known as the ‘Kunene region’ after a river to the North or Koakaland and consists of dramatic desert scenery, small populations of game and the Himba people made famous by the red ochre pigment they cover their bodies with for protection against the sun. This is one of the most sparsely populated places on earth. This remote area is generally best reached on a fly-in safari.

Tailormade Journeys Kaokoland & Skeleton Coast

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