Only accessible by light aircraft, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is as remote as is gets, occupying the northern-most corner of the private Palmwag concession. Many Namibian camps make you choose between scenery and game viewing but Hoanib offers the best of both worlds with the incredible Skeleton Coast a short flight away and the famous desert-adapted elephant in abundance around the camp. A beautiful camp in a beautiful location.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast - The Details
Namibia has two great appeals. The first is the breathtaking scenery; the second is the desert-adapted wildlife. Very few camps can truly claim to offer both but Hoanib, the latest offering from Wilderness, manages to do both and with some style.
Exclusivity is the name of the game – this fly-in camp is inaccessible by road and consists of just seven twin tented rooms and one family unit. Each tent comprises a stylish en-suite bedroom with a shaded outdoor deck. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities needed for an unforgettable stay.
Hoanib is situated in the far north-western corner of Wilderness’ private Palmwag concession at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River. You won’t see another soul but the area is home to a rich diversity of wildlife. Within this vast, remote landscape you have some of the best game viewing of the Kaokoveld’s desert-adapted wildlife. You’re also a short plane ride from the desolate beauty of the Skeleton Coast.
Although it would not seem possible on your flight in, this arid desert supports enormous elephant along with giraffe, lion and brown hyaena. Gemsbok (oryx), springbok, steenbok, scrub hare, and inquisitive ground squirrel are also 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 hyaena.
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.
This relatively new camp has fast become one of our favourites and is a fantastic addition to the Namibian circuit.