COASTAL REGION

The entire Namibia coastline is often referred to as the Skeleton Coast. This is due to the vast, barren stretches of white beaches, windswept, but also due to the fear that ancient mariners had of this coast. Typified by the harsh Atlantic Ocean against long lonely beaches, it is an image which burns itself into the mind, both of those who have seen it, as well as those who to date have only imagined it. The Government of Namibia has placed the entire coastline under its protection. From the Orange river through the previously forbidden area of the Spergebiet, through the difficulty accessible Namib Naukluft, along the Dorob (previously known as the West Coast Recreation Area) up through the Skeleton Coast to the Kunene, the entire coastline is now a National park. This allows Namibia to conserve and protect these fragile environs in perpetuity, and to encourage responsible and sustainable tourism for the benefit of the country. As desolate and harsh as this coastline may seem, so is it beautiful. Just like the diamonds once found here, and still mined here, this area is pristine in its unadulterated beauty.

Lüderitz

Lüderitz, a small fishing town and Namibia’s second harbor, has a rich heritage due to its historical position with the finding of diamonds in Namibia and the consequent colonization of then South West Africa by the Germans.

Namib Naukluft National Park

This is one of Namibia’s most versatile conservation areas stretching over some 50 000 sq km in the Namib Desert making it Africa’s third largest National Park.

Skeleton Coast National Park

The Skeleton Coast National Park was proclaimed a National Park in 1973 and extends northwards from the Ugab River to the Kunene River, covering an area of 16400 km². The attraction of this remote area is brought about by the untouched landscapes of windswept dunes, rugged canyon walls, extensive mountain ranges and forlorn shipwrecks, slowly being indulged by the dunes, littering the harsh rocky beaches.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund, founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule, served as the territory’s main harbour for many years. In 1884, South West Africa – the future Namibia – was declared a German Protectorate. Today this quaint desert town, hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended public gardens.

Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay is blessed with wide open spaces, scenic beauty and unique marine and plant life. With its endless variety of sun-drenched sport and recreational adventures your visit to the coast will be an unforgettable experience.

Dorob National Park

Previously known as the West Coast Conservation area, the Dorob National Park has been created to conserve the fragile ecosystems and biodiversity alone our coastline, in areas that were previously unprotected. This park includes a vast stretch of coastline, but also the towns of Walvisbay, Swakopmund and Hentiesbay.