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Hoanib Valley Camp

Northern Namibia

Rating: Mid-range    

Hoanib Valley Camp overview

Located in the remote and starkly beautiful Hoanib River vally, this camp offers you the chance to seek out desert-adapted wildlife, learn first-hand about Himba and Herero culture and spend time with conservationists at the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF). 

With just 6 tents an imtimate and exclusive atmosphere is assured. Set on raised decks, interiors are inviting, decorated in warm, earthy shades, with splashes of ochre echoing the richly coloured dunes of the region. Local craftsmen have provided much of the furniture and the camp has made effective use of recycled materials. Each tent has a bathroom and an outdoor shower with solar-heated water. Sitting on the veranda you can contemplate the scenery and tranquillity.       

The main communal area is the mess tent where you rest between activities and enjoy a drink from the bar. Most meals are served outdoors in the fresh air. The camp fire is the ideal place to end your day, chatting over events and gazing at the star-filled sky.

Game drives allow you to seek out widlife including desert lion, zebra, gemsbok, kudu and a number of other antelope species, as well as the desert-adapted giraffe that are the main draw here. You are encouraged to visit the GCF field centre to learn about their work with these endangered creatures, and with other wildlife in the region. You can also accompany researchers in the field by booking this in advance and paying a donation. Other activities include a half day tracking black rhino, and guided walks with the emphasis on smaller wildlife such as birds, and flora. Both Himba and Herero people live in this area and you are welcome to join a guide on a visit to a local village to learn about their daily lives and culture.    


Open: Hoanib Valley Camp first opened in 2018 and is open year round.

Location: The lodge is in the Hoanib River Valley, Kaokoland, in the north west of the country. The closest airstrip is Sesfontein, although there are plans to build the camp’s own airstrip.

Rooms: There are 6 guest tents including 1 family tent. Each has a private veranda looking out over the valley. Every tent has an en-suite bathroom, separate toilet and an outdoor shower. There are battery charging points in the bedroom.

Activities: Take game drives in search of giraffe, elephant and lion, track black rhino, join a guide on a nature and bird watching walk and meet tribal Himba and Herero people. You can visit the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, and it is possible to spend an entire day with the field researchers, to be booked and paid for in advance.

Facilities: There is a mess tent with lounge and dining areas and a bar. Outside is an additional dining area and campfire. There are charging points in the lounge. There is a free laundry service.

Dining: Meals are eaten in the mess tent and al fresco.

Children: Children aged 6 years and over are welcome. There is 1 family tent.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.

Notes: The camp is a joint venture with the Sesfontein community and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

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