This area properly
includes the National West Coast Recreation Area north of Swakopmund and
the Skeleton Coast Park from the Ugab River north to the Kunene.
West Coast Recreation Area is a frequent haunt of regional fishermen providing
excellent angling. Cape Cross Seal Reserve north of Henties Bay is Namibia's
best known breeding colony of Cape fur seals. The Ugab River Hiking Trail
is a 3-day hike across the coastal plain into the jagged mountains and canyons
of the interior.
Coast Park comprises two main areas:
region of the park between Ugabmund and Terrace Bay marks the southern-most
habitat for large animals along the Namib Desert coast. Very strict measures
to preserve the ecology of the Park are in force and entry permits for casual
visitors are only available for day trips.
Skeleton Coast Wilderness between the Hoanib (Mowe Bay) and Kunene Rivers
makes up nearly 70% of the Park. This truly desolate region provides the
only realistic chance of seeing desert elephant, rhino, giraffe and lion
but is strictly off-limits to independent travellers and land access is only
via fly-in safari operated by the official concessionaire.