The haunting adventure in Skeleton Coast National Park

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The park stretches from Kunene River to Ugab River in the south. The entire landscape in the park is comprised of canyons, sand dunes and mountains. For the desert that Namibia is, it is surprising to find that the climate in this park is actually cool due to the breeze from the rivers and pretty foggy. The name Skeleton Coast comes from the bones that lined the beaches in this region following hunting for seals and whales. Beside the whale skeletons, human skeletons were also found, creating a fear for the area. Portuguese explorers who experienced the challenges of the area called it Hell’s Gates while the Bushmen in the area in fear whispered of the land as that which God made in anger.

The coastline is not friendly for recreational purposes as the rocky shores and blinding fog reduce visibility even on the best of days. However, the mouth of the Kunene River marks the southernmost breeding territory of the 1m long green turtle.

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain 

"Travel is an exciting and adventurous passion, it is quite expensive but the reward outweighs the expense. If you can afford it, do it!" Africancrab.

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Skeleton Coast
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