​Getting There – Skeleton Coast NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

When entering from the south, Skeleton Coast National Park is located 200km/124mi from the town of Swakopmund and 485km/300mi from Windhoek. The drive from Swakopmund takes about 3 to 4 hours* and it’s about 8 hours* from Windhoek.

Most people who want a taste of the Skeleton Coast drive up as close as Cape Cross seal colony, which is about 100km/62mi south of the park entrance.

Self-drive visitors, and most organized tours, start their journey via 4x4 in Windhoek. Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), your point of entry, is located just 40km/25mi east of Windhoek. An alternative is to arrange a trip that reaches different destinations via charter flight.

It is also possible to drive to the Skeleton Coast from Etosha in the north of the country. The distance is about 620km/385mi and the driving time about 8 hours*.

*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

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Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Charter flights between parks are generally arranged by your tour operator and leave from Eros Airport (ERS) in Windhoek.

  • FlyNamibia Safari (Offers daily flights between Windhoek, Swakopmund, Etosha and Sossusvlei)

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Namibia page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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