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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Having just opened its doors in August of 2014, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp straddles the remote and wild Palmwag area and Skeleton Coast National Park. Deep in the Kaokoveld, the camp’s situation is particularly scenic, having been constructed in a valley where two tributaries of the Hoanib River meet. While Namibia is well known for its unique landscapes and stark terrain, this location in the “true” Namib Desert is prime for encountering Namibia’s distinctive desert-adapted wildlife including elephant, giraffe, lion, and brown hyena, not to mention the gemsbok (oryx), springbok, steenbok, and more.

Accessible only by light aircraft and with just eight guest tents, the camp is exclusive in the extreme. Seven of the tents are twin-bedded and one is a family unit. Each has an en-suite bathroom and shaded verandas. Running completely on solar power, the camp was constructed to meld seamlessly into the surrounding terrain, with ivory-colored canvas tents and muted earth-tone interiors.

Weather in this region is varied and unpredictable, from the usual morning fog to afternoon sandstorms and frigid nights. But the guest tents are equipped to deal with all, providing a cozy respite from the elements. The camp’s common area is the perfect place to relax during warm afternoons and to swap stories with other guests during evening meals and sundowners.

Hoanib features a diverse range of activities. Strike out on game drives through the Hoanib riverbed in search of elephant and rhino. Nature walks are the best way to encounter the smaller creatures as well as the plant life. Currently, with a stay of at least three nights, a scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast is included with your stay (weather permitting). This is a full-day excursion and provides a spectacular perspective on the rugged coastline, so named for the may shipwrecks in its waters, as well as the seal colonies, coastal dunes, and broad Kaokoveld. Day trips to Klein Oase and Auses Spring can also be arranged.

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