Morbid remains – Portuguese sailors nicknamed the Skeleton Coast the "Gates of Hell." Accurate at the time, given the number of shipwrecks. The remains of survivors are mixed up with the last remnants of the area's know defunct whaling industry.
Bleak beauty – The Skeleton Coast is a tough place, but the starkness gives it a unique allure.
Sandy grave – Animal bones give the Skeleton Coast its name but there are plenty of ships' carcasses, too.
Last pastoralists – The Himba are Namibia's last pastoralists, with a diet consisting solely of meat. The women clean their skins with ocher.
Big country, little creatures – This may be Africa but a tour of the Skeleton Coast focuses on small animals, not big game -- lizards, jackals, insects and birds. They're the ones most likely to survive in this arid region.
Crab dip – Ghost crabs scuttle into the waves ... even the crustaceans have morbid names here.
Hear the dunes roar – Air trapped between grains of sand makes the dunes "roar" when you toboggan down them.
Days of the jackal – With whale corpses galore, jackals must once have had a feast on the Skeleton Coast -- here one rests on the sand.
Parched territory – Skeleton Coast animals rely on special techniques to obtain moisture. Jackals lick humidity from stones; beetles channel droplets along their backs and into their mouths.