The camp opened in 2014 in the Palmwag private concession on the edge of the Skeleton Coast National Park. If remoteness is what you are after, then this could be for you – the camp is only accessible by light aircraft.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is an 8-tent exclusive lodge set seemingly in the middle of nowhere. You could be forgiven in thinking this rugged valley is devoid of life but it is home to a surprising number of diverse plants and animals. Fog, coming in from the Atlantic Ocean ensures precious moisture that sustains the environment. The fog and the Hoanib River support the vegetation that is the source of food for the animals that call this desert home which include springbok, giraffe, cheetah and surprisingly, elephants.
The 7 tents and one family unit are large and luxurious. Each has stylish en-suite bedrooms with shaded outdoor decks with comfy seating. The floor-to ceiling windows make the most of the stunning scenery and the beautiful sunrises. The sail like canvas that covers the tents is contemporary in style and this theme has been continued inside.
The main area has a small pool, a comfy lounge with large soft couches, fireplace bar and both indoor and outdoor dining areas where you can enjoy the excellent food prepared by the chef.
Open: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is open all year.
Location: The camp is located on private concession straddling the Palmwag area and the Skeleton Coast National park.
Rooms: There are 7 large tents and 1 family unit. They are spacious with en-suite facilities and a shaded outdoor deck.
Activities: The camp offers morning and afternoon drives and also full day drives. Nature walks are a good opportunity to see the smaller creatures. Stay 3 nights or more and enjoy a full day 4x4 excursion to the coast, returning via light aircraft on a scenic flight. Enjoy day trips to Klein Oase and Ause Springs. If the researchers are in residence, visit them at the Hoanib Research Centre and find out more about wildlife in this are.
Facilities: The main area has a lounge, bar and dining area, with bi-folding doors leading onto the outdoor deck and small pool.
Children: Children over the age of 8 are welcome at the camp.
Health: This is a malaria area.
Communication: There is no internet available.
A small group guided holiday travelling by road and air to some of Namibia's highlights.
Hoanib is at the frontline of preservation of desert lions. Working together with Philip Stander to address conflict between lions and the local community.