6) Skeleton Coast
The Skeleton Coast is the northern part of the Atlantic coast of Namibia. The indigenous San people, formerly known as Bushmen, of the Namibian interior, called the region “The Land God Made in Anger”, while Portuguese sailors once referred to it as “The Gates of Hell”.
There the climate is highly inhospitable and the rainfall rarely exceeds 10 millimeters (0.39 in). The area’s name derives from the whale and seal bones. The black rhinoceros population was the main reason why the CBBC show ‘Serious Desert’ was filmed in the region. The southern section consists of gravel plains while north of Terrace Bay the landscape is dominated by high sand dunes. It has been the subject of wildlife documentaries, including the 1965 National Geographic documentary “Survivors of the Skeleton Coast”. Past human occupation by ‘Strandlopers’ is shown by shell middens of white mussels found along parts of the Skeleton Coast.