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Skeleton Coast National Park

Coordinates: 19°11′S 12°43′E / 19.19°S 12.72°E / -19.19; 12.72
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Skeleton Coast 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; 12.72[1]
Area16,845 km2 (6,504 sq mi)
Map of protected areas of Namibia; Skeleton Coast National Park in northwest Namibia

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]

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]

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


  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" (PDF). Republic of Namibia - Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-19.
  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.