The Eerie Ghost Towns of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast


The Skeleton Coast, which is located in the northern part of the Altantic Ocean, will be remembered in history as the ”The Land God Made in Anger” and ”The Gates of Hell”. The name was given to the place in 1944 from a book that John Henry Marsh wrote and referred to the shipwreck of Dunedin Star. The climate of the coast is inhospitable with dense fogs nearly all year long, strong winds on land and in the sea, but very little rainfall. Back in time, when there weren’t engine-powered ships and boats it was impossible to leave the coast from the shore and people had to walk miles in the desert until they found the one place that was safe to leave.

Skeleton Bay is known as a great surfing location, with perfect waves and winds to perform the sport.


The last is relatively soft with a few rock formations and in some areas large and very tall sand dunes.


The novel Skeleton Coast was referring to the true story of the 1942 shipwreck of Dunedin Star, where 106 passengers and crew members were saved. 


The coast has been the subject of many wildlife documentaries, mainly about adapting to these extreme levels of aridity. 


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