Environmental Successes on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

The Namaqua chameleon is found only in the Namibian desert and in southern Angola. Photo by Terry Feuerborn. Used through a Creative Commons license.
The Namaqua chameleon is found only in the Namibian desert and in southern Angola. Photo by Terry Feuerborn. Used through a Creative Commons license.

The Skeleton Coast is still one of Namibia’s lesser-traveled gems, despite recent global attention for its stark beauty. Australia’s Daily Telegraph recently ran a story about viewing the amazing desert-adapted lions and elephants who survive in the inhospitable habitat of this raw, windswept coast. Dr. Flip Strander and his Desert Lion Conservation project have helped to increase the desert-adapted lion population from 20 animals to over 150 in the last 17 years, in part due to the role of tourism.

Namibia is a land with many environmental success stories. It was the first country in Africa to incorporate protection of the environment into its constitution and now almost 45% of Namibia’s land is protected by the government and local communities.

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Adenium boehmianum flower in Kaokoland, Namibia. Photo by Petr Kosina. Used through a Creative Commons license.

Despite the starkness of the landscape, there are many options for traveling comfortably along the Skeleton Coast and neighboring Kaokoland, including luxury camps such as Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp and the option to fly into camps rather than drive. In addition to the desert-adapted lions and elephants, there are desert-adapted black rhinos and a number of other fascinating species. We also recommend taking an opportunity to visit with the local Himba people and learning about their culture.

Ujuzi would be happy to plan your safari to Namibia and its Skeleton Coast. Contact us for more information.

A Himba woman with red ochre adornments in the northern Namib Desert near the Skeleton Coast. Photo by Terry Feuerborn. Used through a Creative Commons license.
A Himba woman with red ochre adornments in the northern Namib Desert near the Skeleton Coast. Photo by Terry Feuerborn. Used through a Creative Commons license.
A short-tailed jackal roams Skeleton Coast. Photo by Pim Stouten. Used through a Creative Commons license.
A short-tailed jackal roams Skeleton Coast. Photo by Pim Stouten. Used through a Creative Commons license.
Unidentified lichen, Skeleton Coast, Namibia. Photo by Frank Vassen. Used through a Creative Commons license.
Lichen, Skeleton Coast, Namibia. Photo by Frank Vassen. Used through a Creative Commons license.
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