The Skeleton Coast Park, that protects one third of the Namibian coast, lies to the North of the town of Swakopmund and extends from the Ugab River, where the park enters the Kunene River, on the border with Angola.
It is an inhospitable place from the arid climate, where survival is a challenge against nature.
The park is ideally divided into two parts: a Southern section and a Northern section.
The Northern section of the Skeleton Coast Park is located North of Terrace Bay, this area has been formally declared a "wilderness area" and this assumes that visitors are not allowed to enter self driving, they can only access by participating in a fly-in safari or staying at the only existing lodge, the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp; alternatively, it is possible to fly over the area with a scenic flight.
They are certainly expensive ways and not for everyone, but to visit this place so inhospitable and remote, it is worth paying the price.
This is in fact the most beautiful and wild area of the park: sand dunes, wrecks of old ships that are shipwrecked here, skeletons of large cetaceans, coastal fog, bushes, some insects and some mammal that have adapted to live in an inhospitable place and without water, with the exception of the Kunene River, in the far North, infested by the Nile crocodiles.
The Northern section of the Skeleton Coast is part of Kaokoland, the region inhabited by the Himba, famous for women's hairstyles and for the color they use to put on their body.
Rests, of the presence of the Himba in the past, have been found inside the Skeleton Coast Park; many argue that the Strandloper's rock circles, that are present in many places, are attributed to the Himba and are what remains of some of their villages, while others think that they were made by the Khoisan.