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Coastal Namibia Attractions

Sightseeing Highlights to be found along the Coast of Namibia

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Walvis Bay Harbour Tour

CAPE CROSS SEAL RESERVE - SKELETON COAST

A treacherous and hostile rocky shoreline and breeding ground for largest colony of fur seals of Southern Africa

Fighting, mating and birthing takes place here for some 210 00 seals during November and December of each year

It was here in 1486 that the Portuguese explorer, Diego Cao erected a stone cross claiming the territory for his own country

The coast is also the resting place of many a shipwreck with the most famous being the Dunedin Star

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Cape Cross seal Reserve

Cape Cross Seals
WELWITSCHIA MIRABILIS  

Friedrich Martin Joseph  Welwitsch (1806 – 1872) was the distinguished figure destined to bring to the attention of the world one of the most extraordinary curiosities of all living organisms.

This plant would arouse more interest and produce more surprises than any of the other 375’000 species known to man.

It seems to bear kinship only with a prehistoric flora known today as fossil remains

Yet somehow it still survives….an anachronism…. a relic of flora long past… a LIVING fossil!! No less unique is the phenomenon of the Welwitschia’s habitat

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Skeleton Coast map

Welwitschia in Damaraland
MOON SCAPES

Desolate and forbidding valleys of conical and dome shaped hills near Swakopmund is reminiscent of an actual lunar landscape, resembling the lifeless surface of mars itself

The Moonlandscape represents the leftover of an ancient, enormous mountain range.

During more severe weather patterns, the valleys of the mountain range as well as the mountain range itself has been chafed, chiseled and gouged by wind and the waters of the nowadays known Swakop River.

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Moonscapes

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KOLMANSKOP GHOST TOWN

WARNING! WAARSKUWING! WARNUNG! ELONDWELO!
In some of the languages used in Namibia

Kolmanskop, a deserted Ghost Town in the Sperrgebiet – once a cosmopolitan center where diamonds were lying around like “plums under a plum tree”, a town built to last…until the diamonds ran out

Today Kolmanskop stands as a haunting monument to the day’s boom and bust, where once opulent homes, shops, hospital and theater surrender slowly to the relentless heat and encroaching desert sand.

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Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

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