Namibia Designates Entire Coast Line As National Park

02/11/2011 08:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Namibia has become what is thought to be the first country to designate its entire coastline a national park.

The Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park covers 26.6 million acres, making it larger than Portugal.

It stretches for 976 miles (1,570km), from the Kunene River, at the northern border with Angola, to the Orange River, on the border with South Africa, and is expected to be promoted as a unified destination. The protected coastline consolidates three national parks: Skeleton Coast, Namib-Naukluft and Sperrgebiet. The last is the site of Namibia's diamond mines, which have long been closed to the public.

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