Skeleton Coast National Park

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Skeleton Coast National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Skeleton Coast National Park
Map showing the location of Skeleton Coast National Park
Map of Namibia
LocationNorthwest Namibia
Coordinates19°11′S 12°43′E / 19.19°S 12.72°E / -19.19; 12.72Coordinates: 19°11′S 12°43′E / 19.19°S 12.72°E / -19.19; 12.72[1]
Area16,845 km2 (6,504 sq mi)
Established1971

Skeleton Coast National Park is a national park located in northwest Namibia, and has the most inaccessible shores, dotted with shipwrecks. The park was established in 1971 and has a size of 16,845 km2 (6,504 sq mi).[2] The park is divided into a northern and southern section, the southern section is open to those with 4 wheel drive vehicles, they are allowed to go up (north) as far as the Ugab River Gate (where a sign with a skull and crossbones warns you to go no further).[3] The northern section can only be reached by a fly-in safari, and the area is off-limits to all vehicles.[4]

Collapsed oil drilling rig

The list of tourist attractions in the park includes a shipwreck at the South West Seal viewpoint, Huab lagoon and the collapsed oil drilling rig.[5]

Ugabmund Gate (Ugab River Gate)

Notes[edit]

This park is to be included in the Iona - Skeleton Coast Transfrontier Conservation Area.




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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skeleton Coast Game Park". protectedplanet.net.
  2. ^ Shollenbarger, Maria. Mars on Earth: Traveling Namibia's Skeleton Coast. Conde Nast Traveler. January 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Skeleton Coast Park". Republic of Namibia - Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-05.
  4. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole. Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. Financial Times. January 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "The photographs of Skeleton Coast National Park, October 2017". Independent Travellers. independent-travellers.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018.