The Skeleton Coast is normally associated with famous shipwrecks,
and stories abound of sailors walking for hundreds of kilometres through
this barren Namibian landscape in search of food and water.
Despite the aridity of the area, the Skeleton Coast has a greater
variety of animal species than many other parks in Southern Africa.
Large mammals include Namibia's famous desert-adapted elephant, black
rhino, lion, cheetah, giraffe, gemsbok, zebra, springbok and spotted and
brown hyena, are found in the dry river beds which flow from the
interior of Namibia, through the Namib Desert to the Skeleton Coast.