Accommodation rating: Luxury
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib river in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession, Damaraland. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the Skeleton Coast National Park in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld.
Exclusivity is taken a step further as the camp is only accessible by light aircraft and consists of just seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit, each comprising stylish en suite bedrooms with shaded outdoors decks. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over starkly beautiful scenery.
Activities at the camp include wildlife drives, nature walks, day trips to Klein Oase and Auses Spring (full day in a semi-closed vehicle with a picnic lunch en route) and presentations and interaction with wildlife researchers. For stays of three nights (or more) flights to the Skeleton Coast are offered, weather permitting. This full-day excursion showcases the rocky coastline with its seal colony and shipwrecks. To reach the coast you will fly over massive dunefields, the Auses Spring and the Hoanib floodplains.
All these activities take place in a vast remote wilderness offering excellent viewing of Namibia's distinctive desert-adapted wildlife. In this stark environment, enormous elephants miraculously thrive along with giraffes, lions and brown hyenas. Gemsboks (oryx), springboks, steenboks, scrub hares and inquisitive ground squirrels may also be seen. Entirely different to the rugged mountains and valleys inland, the Skeleton Coast hosts Cape fur seals in their thousands along with black-backed jackals and brown hyenas.
Birds are equally diverse, with regular endemics like Rüppell's korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark and lark-like bunting. Towards the coast, the bird community changes and tractrac chat can be seen, as well as jaegers and skuas found around the seal colonies.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.