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About Skeleton Coast National Park

Skeleton Coast National Park is situated along the coast of Namibia. Skeleton Coast National Park backpacking tours are highly popular for all travelers.


Skeleton Coast National Park airports include:
•Hosea Kutako Windhoek International Airport
•Eros Windhoek Airport


Skeleton Coast National Park has a large number of bird species across its rich habitats. As estimated 15, 0000 birds move through this area each year, with a large number of endemics to be seen as well. Some of the most common bird species to be seen includes coastal birds such as dabchicks, avocets, Egyptian geese, moorhens, flamingos, plovers and other small waders.


As one of Namibia's most beautiful and fascinating parks, Skeleton Coast National Park conservation is important to preserve the multitude of species found within the park. There are a large number of habitats, from coastal areas which support sea birds and marine life, to vast desert areas which support land mammals and a number of bird species.


Skeleton Coast National Park malaria information includes:
•Malaria medication is not needed to visit the Skeleton Coast
•Malaria medication includes Larium, Malarone, or doxycycline
•If you are coming from a malaria zone be sure to continue the course as prescribed
•Follow basic guidelines such as using mosquito repellent and mosquito netting
•Speak to your doctor about malaria medication you will need


Skeleton Coast National Park money and banking information includes:
•ATMs can be found in Windhoek
•US Dollars and South African Rands are often accepted at major retailers
•Credit cards are accepted to some degree
•Travelers cheques can be exchanged at banks, airports or hotels
•Banking hours are Monday to Friday 09h00-15h30 and Saturday 09h00-11h00


Known for its desolate rocky desert coastline, Skeleton Coast National Park plant life is minimal. The vegetation between the Ugab and Huab rivers falls within the Central Namib type, while the north Huab vegetation is classified as Northern Namib. The vegetation is relatively sparse, the most common species being dollar bush, brakspekbos and ganna.

Safety Tips

•Skeleton Coast is generally a safe and friendly travel destination
•Petty crime can sometimes occur in rare cases
•Keep valuables out of sight and secure, and carry a certified copy of your ID at all times
•Avoid travelling alone through the desert areas as it can be easy to get lost
•Be cautious in when game viewing and do not leave the camp to wander alone as wildlife can be present at any time

Travel Books

Skeleton Coast National Park recommended travel books include:
•Namibia: The Bradt Travel Guide by Chris McIntyre
•Namibia Footprint Handbooks by Lizzie Williams
•Namibia Insight Guide by Apa
•Namibia Globetrotter Travel Pack by Willie Olivier and Sandra Olivier
•Namibia Lonely Planet Travel Guide by Deanna Swaney


While large game have not been found in the area in a while, a number of smaller Skeleton Coast National Park wildlife species can be found across the parks's habitats. Some of the most common species include black-backed jackal, brown hyena and Cape fur seals. It is also a common sight to see springbok and gemsbok near the coastlines, while desert elephants can sometimes be spotted.


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