Namibia 2009 - The Skeleton Coast

To the North of Swakopmund is the Skeleton Coast (so called because of the number of whale skeletons that were found there).

We visited the seal colony at Cape Cross. Our first impression on getting out of the truck was the smell ... and then then noise...

There were hundred of seals ...

... resting....

.... arguing....

.... and playing in the waves.

The Skeleton Coast is also well named as there are several shipwrecks along the coast. We saw 2 of them.

Wreck of the Winston. (1970).

Wreck of the Benguela Eagle. (1975).

Travelling northwards we passed through lots of different scenery.

White sand with small sand dunes.

Red sand and rocks.

Big sand dunes.

A sand storm when the wind got up in the afternoon.

We crossed several river valleys. None of them had running water but there must have been underground water as there was more vegetation in the river beds and the Uniab River had pools of water which attract animals (we saw springbok, oryx, black-backed jackal) and lots of birds.

Oryx and coots.

A family of redbilled teal.

 

Another 'skeleton' that we saw was the remains of an oil rig. Cormorants were nesting on it and we saw a black-backed jackal nearby.

Salt pans and workings were much in evidence. Near one stalls were set up by the side of the road with salt rocks for sale.

The camp at Terrace Bay with cormorants flying in to roost. The beach was mostly large pebbles.

Sunset.

On our way back along the coast we stopped at Torro Bay campsite, which is only open during the holiday period of December and January. Once the morning mist had gone it was a lovely day, although there was still a cold wind blowing.

1. Namib-Naukluft National Park - south
2. Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Swapokmund
3. Namib-Naucluft National Park - north
4. Skeleton Coast
5. Southern Damaraland
6. Northern Damaraland
7. Kaokoland
8. Etosha National Park
9. Waterberg
10. Caprivi
11. back to Richmond via Botswana
Diary (Word '97 document)

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