They Call This Beautiful Coast ‘The Gates Of Hell...’

By | August 27, 2015

Skeleton Coast is a stretch of African shore that has become the graveyard of many ill-fated explorers. The coast is littered with rusted shipwrecks and animal bones. Portuguese sailors call it “The Gates Of Hell.”

Take a closer look.

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Skeleton Coast stretches from Namibia to Angola.

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Educated Earth

The coast itself is a breathtaking landscape blanketed by a vast area of rolling sand dunes.

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Tatyana Kildisheva

Over a thousand rusting ship hulls are littered all over the infamous coast. It's most notable residents include the Eduard Bohlen, Dunedin Star, Otavi and Tong Taw.

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Marilee Potthoff

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Tatyana Kildisheva

Shipwreck of the Eduard Bohlen. On September 5, 1909, the ship ran aground off Skeleton Coast due to thick fog.

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Michael Poliza and Paul Merrill

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Tom Brouns

Whale and seal bones from the former whaling industry are strewn all over the coast.

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Tom Brouns

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Tom Brouns

Only 800 people evert year are allowed to visit the place. The best way to get there is by joining a rather exclusive and expensive fly-in safari. A typical four-day trip costs around $6,000 per head.


Maurits Vermeulen

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