Beach Holidays in Namibia
We don't offer conventional beach holidays in Namibia; Namibia's beaches aren't relaxing to lounge on. The water is bitterly cold, and the beach air is often chilly, and even foggy, but don't be deceived: this is a very special environment for wildlife…
A cold ocean current, the Benguela Current, flows north from Antarctica in the Atlantic beside Namibia. This means that the water off the Namibian coast is never warm enough for a swim, and often chills the air. The meeting of the chilled, moist air from the ocean and the warm, dry air from the land often causes fog to form along the coast - especially in the mornings, and this can drift up to 60km inland.
It's this fog which sustains the Namib Desert's amazing wildlife, and which originally caused so many shipwrecks and past tragedies. Now the Skeleton Coast of Namibia is a beautiful place to discover, as well as being a superb spot for anglers with great fishing opportunities. Just don't come to Namibia for a beach holiday!
Our top 2 Namibia hotels on beaches
Cape Cross Lodge|85% (34 reviews)Cape Cross Lodge stands right beside the cold Atlantic Ocean; it’s one of the best holiday spots for visitors to this seldom-explored, untamed coast. Spend your time beachcombing, at the nearby seal colony, or wandering amongst the fascinating lichen fields inland. More about Cape Cross Lodge
Terrace Bay|76% (22 reviews)Terrace Bay is an isolated, fairly basic 'restcamp' on Namibia's Skeleton Coast. It's not ideal for a typical beach holiday; instead drive yourself here for the wildlife en route, or come for a spot of beach-angling, for which it's a world-class destination. More about Terrace Bay