The Skeleton Coast National Park stretches from the Kunene River in the north to the Ugab River in the south and protects a third of Namibia’s coastline. Monumental dunes plunge dramatically down to the turbulent water’s edge – one of the most bleakly beautiful sights in the world.
More than 1 000 vessels have foundered here over the last few centuries; the winds and deadly currents must take most of the blame but the infamous fog, caused by icy sea and hot desert air colliding, surely played its part. And yet this cool white sea-blanket is the lifeblood of the Skeleton Coast. Every living thing here harvests water from the fog in some way – producing one of the most isolated, fragile and incredible ecosystems in the world.