Our Guide to Namibia
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
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.
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
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. Travelers 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 traveling 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.
Location & Directions
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.
When to go
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.