Our Guide to Namibia
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Hoanib, Skeleton Coast, Namibia
At a Glance
Has the Kaokoveld’s best viewing of diverse desert adapted wildlife, including elephant and lion
Visit the iconic Skeleton Coast renowned for its seals, shipwreck remains and windswept beaches
Exclusive access to Klein Oase and Auses Springs
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp has a low-impact design which is sensitive to the fragile desert environment
Best time to Visit
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The Skeleton Coast is a year-round destination: moderate temperatures with mist, wind, and hardly any rain. For angling, November to March is the best time to visit the Skeleton Coast.
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Located in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp boasts dramatic rugged landscapes dotted with the ancient welwitschia plant, dry riverbeds and seas of soft sand dunes.
With just eight tents, this small camp offers a prime location to explore this untouched landscape, sitting in a wide valley where two tributaries of the Hoanib river meet. Travellers here can explore both the Skeleton Coast National Park, and the Palmwag concession, where good populations of desert adapted elephant, lion and giraffe have been found. On longer stays guests spend an unforgettable day flying out to the windswept coast over the dunes, visiting the shipwrecks and seal colonies that the Skeleton Coast is famed for.
The main area flows beautifully into the surrounding desert and looks out onto a thriving waterhole. Hoanib has plenty of areas to unwind, with a lounge, bar area, dining room, library, fire pit and a pool where you can cool off after a day in the desert. Most crucially, its low-impact design is sensitive to the fragile desert environment.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp has eight stylish, well-insulated en-suite tents with shaded outdoor lounges. One is a family unit that sleeps a family of four.
Children of age 6 and older are accommodated, however if travelling with children aged between 6 and 12 years, private activities must be booked and paid for at an additional supplement. All children aged 6 to 16 years must share a room with an adult. There is one family tent which consists of two ensuite bedrooms to accommodate families.
The camp features a swimming pool at the main area, indoor and outdoor lounge areas overlooking a waterhole. Meals are served in the main dining area, with a bar nearby. The fire pit is a central focal point in the evenings for before and after dinner, where you can mingle with other guests sharing stories.
Explore this wild area on foot with a guide, or on a game drive to search further afield. The flora and fauna that ekes its existence in this harsh environment is fascinating to uncover and the expert guides at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp will explain how they have adapted to survive in these conditions. Look out for the hardy welwitschia plant, or watch as the scruffy looking brown hyena lurches along. The Hoanib riverbed provides life to elephant herds who dig for water, giraffe, gemsbok and even lion prides. On a three night stay (or longer), take a full day excursion to the rugged coastline where you will stop off to visit a Cape fur seal colony as well as some of the famous shipwrecks from times past. You'll either fly one way and drive back, or fly both ways or drive both ways - this is entirely weather dependent as the sea fog (which caused so many of the shipwrecks) is unpredictable and can change quickly.
Natural habitat: The look is Sydney Opera House meets Dal on Mars. Eight dune-like tents are dotted between gargantuan granite peaks in the deepest, darkest Namib Desert.
Nocturnal activity: This is killer design in the desert. The tents have rainforest showers, smooth concrete floors, his-and-hers wardrobes and an exterior sit-and-stare area. From the glass-fronted bedroom, take in surreal views in ear-ringing silence (no hope of a mobile signal here).
Grrr factor: Namibia is more about the crazy landscapes than the animals, but you'll spot herds of oryx, towers of giraffe, parades of elephant and zeals of zebra.
Distinctive markings Strap yourself into one of two squishy seats on the roof of the retro-fitted safari vehicle for the wildest game drive EVER.
Grazing Start: with a full English, move on to a picnic lunch of BBQ chicken and pasta salad and finish up with an afternoon tea of exquisitely evil cakes. In the evening, it's all about the kudu steak and artichoke salad, washed down with crisp South African wines. After supper, wrap up in one of the striped shawls to be found on the back of every chair and gather round the fire pit to sip Amarula (creamy, boozy, yummy) and track the shooting stars.
Leader of the pack: Do not miss the trip to the Skeleton Coast. Most guests fly, but for a proper adventure take the three-hour, cross-country drive along dusty, bumpy tracks, through parched riverbeds and over golden dunes to the Atlantic Ocean. By the time you return to camp, you'll have earned yourself an extra-large nightcap.
Day trips to Desert Oases
Enjoy a full day trip to Klein Oase and Auses Spring in a semi-closed safari vehicle. It's a fascinating experience to visit these oases in the middle of the desert and see the wealth of wildlife they support.
Dune driving on the Skeleton Coast
The Skeleton Coast is dominated by enormous dunes, and one of the best way to explore these is in a 4X4 vehicle specially adapted for dune-driving.
Game drives and nature walks at Hoanib
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp offers a diverse range of activities to truly showcase the staggering landscapes and varied wildlife of the northern Palmwag Concession and Skeleton Coast. Game drives and walking safaris are two memorable experiences.
Skeleton Coast Excursion
A full day 4x4 excursion to the Skeleton Coast is included for all guests at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camps for stays of three nights or longer.
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from £15300 pp inc flights & transfers for 15 nights
- Visit the most incredible landscapes that Southern Africa has to offer
- Go off the beaten track to some of the most arid parts of the world in Namibia
- See the sand dunes of the oldest desert in the world
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- Varied activities including riding safaris, boat safaris, game-drives, quad biking, optional hot air balloon flights and wine tasting.
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Location & directions
Hoanib, Skeleton Coast, Namibia
The camp is situated in the Hoanib river valley at the confluence of two rivers. It has access to both the Skeleton Coast National Park and the Palmwag Concession.
How to get there
Access to this remote location is by air only, travelling by light aircraft from Damaraland, Etosha, Serra Cafema or Windhoek.