The fascinating Skeleton Coast 

The Skeleton Coast of Namibia is one of the most famous drives in Namibia where similarly to most of the country roads, you never really meet many other cars en route. In order to get to the beginning of the Skeleton Coast, we made our way to Henties Bay from Spitzkoppe. There we filled up the car one last time before heading out into nomansland. Shortly after leaving the town, the road turned from tarmack to a salt road. The salt that this road is made of has been compressed by all the cars driving across it and had almost a tarmack-like appearance. Therefore as long as the road stayed dry it can be used without problems. It is a beautiful ride, but one should be careful for all the mirages!

The first shipwreck by the coast showed that we were soon approaching the Skeleton Coast.

Sculls and crossbones as well as whale bones greeted us as we were registering to enter the section that is officially refered to as the Skeleton Coast. The name arises from all of the whale bones that were found by the first visitors to this coast as well as from the shipwrecks and subsequent human remains of sailors that stranded in this area.

The drive along the Skeleton Coast road itself was uneventful and gave us the feeling of complete loneliness as we did not see more than two cars on this roughly 200km stretch of road.

Except for the road itself, the only sight of human activity were the odd remains of old trucks or oil drilling equipment.

And again sheer endless stretched of road through seemingly dead countryside lead us to the exit gate of the Skeleton Coast National Park.


We camped right at the exit gate where we met an interesting group of Italians with which we enjoyed a glass of Gin Tonic and an amazing sunset.

To our surprise this beatiful sunset was followed by an even more stunning “super moon” that was massive in size and rose in burning orange as soon as the sun had set. As we learned afterwards, the moon only gets this close to the earth ever 40 years or so.

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