Skeleton Coast


The Skeleton Coast stretches  from Angola up to the Swakop River where the river mouth ends at the coastal town, Swakopmund.

The San Bushmen used to call this region “The Land God Made in Anger”, while Portuguese sailors once referred to it as “The Gates of Hell”. The Skeleton Coast National Park stretches over 16,000 square kilometres. The area’s name derives from the whale and seal bones that once littered the shore from the whaling industry, although in modern times the coast harbours the skeletal remains of the shipwrecks caught by offshore rocks and fog – of which the “Eduard Bohlen”, “Otavi”, “Shawnee”, “Zela” & “Dunedin Star” are the most popular.

5 Facts about Skeleton Coast

  • The Skeleton Coast is in a national park and therefore falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Environment.
  • This area is very rural, and not close to any major towns and amenities.
  • You will need to specify  the exact location you want to film at in the Skeleton Coast National Park as the area stretches from the Angolan border down to Swakopmund.
  • Certain areas in the Northern part of the park is restricted for film crews, as they are protected areas. Please ensure that you are aware of these areas.
  • There are only gravel roads and 4-wheel drive travelling in the Skeleton Coast National Park. You need to ensure that your 4-wheel drive vehicles are fully equipped to travel in these terrains and are geared for recoveries, and have more than one spare wheel.