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Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Skeleton Coast Park


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Skeleton Coast Park.

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Covering 1.6 million hectares, the Skeleton Coast Park remains one of the world's last great wildernesses: harsh, still not completely explored, definitely untamed and extrordinarily beautiful. Leave your car and take a stroll into – but not too far into – the stark desert landscape. Search the dunes for a glimpse of the small creatures that scurry across the sand or the larger ones that move for vast distances in their quest for survival in the desert. Explore the geological wonders of the desert – dunes that roar and rocks that glisten with promise. Or stick to the coast and fish off the rocky beaches at Terrace Bay and Torra Bay. The nutrient-rich Benguela Current provides the potential for a good feast on prized species such as galjoen and kabeljou (cob) or a good fight from the sea's bronze whaler sharks. Wreathed in sea fog, lashed by chill Atlanticrnwaves, seared by the sun and scoured by high gritty winds, thernSkeleton Coast is aptly named. For well over 500 years, ships have ran aground on its shores and wrecked mariners and castawaysrnhave struggled vainly to cross the killing expanse of waterlessrndunes, mountains and lichen plains in search of safety.

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