Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Wilderness collection


 

Overview

Place: In a remote area of the Kaokoveld, with gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Explorations of this isolated yet diverse area take place via game drives along the riverbed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted animals can be found, while the research centre provides further insights. The desolate Skeleton Coast with its shipwrecks and noisy colonies of Cape fur seals is accessed either by a fascinating drive or scenic flight, depending on the weather. 

Accommodation: The eight large en-suite tents (including one family unit) and the main area and pool look out over rugged scenery: a wide valley that slopes down to the almost-always dry Hoanib River.

Purpose: This camp is fully solar powered, is a joint venture with the neighbouring Conservancies of Anabeb, Torra and Sesfontein, and hosts researchers committed to conserving desert-adapted lion, brown hyaena and more.

Unique Selling Points

  • Dry riverbed yields good desert-adapted game: from elephant to occasional lion and brown hyaena

  • Access to Skeleton Coast with its huge Cape fur seal colony and shipwreck remains

  • Insights into the area and its wildlife at the Research Centre

Rooms:

Standard Tent(s)

7 x twin-bedded units with two three quarter beds, en-suite bathroom and shaded deck.

Family Tent(s)

1 x family unit consisting of 2 rooms, each with their own bathroom. Main bedroom has two three quarter beds which can be converted into king-size bed on request; 2nd bedroom with two three quarter beds.

Activities & features:

Hoanib Skeleton Coast - Game drives

Game drives showcase the magnitude of the landscape and offer the best possibilities of seeing desert-adapted wildlife. Morning or afternoon drives are available as well as full-day excursions.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast - Nature walks

Nature walks from camp are an exciting way to get up close and personal with desert-wildlife. As well as the possibility of spotting big game, it is also a good opportunity to study the smaller creatures and the fascinating plant life of the concession.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast - Skeleton Coast excursion with scenic flight

On a stay of three nights (or more) full-day excursions to the Skeleton Coast are offered. The fascinating 4x4 trip to the coast takes you via the wilderness and wildlife of the Hoanib River and floodplain, the dune fields and Klein Oasis, while the Skeleton Coast itself reveals a rocky coastline with its huge Cape fur seal colony and shipwreck remains. Weather dependent, a scenic flight back to camp offers a magnificent perspective of your journey from the air.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast - Day trips to Desert Oases

Day trips to Klein Oase and Auses Spring can be organised. These oases are a fascinating respite from the dry surrounds of the desert and offer the chance of seeing wildlife coming to drink as well as plenty of birdlife. These full-day trips are done in our semi-closed game drive vehicles, with a stop for a picnic at a scenic spot along the way.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast - Interaction with wildlife researchers

Presentations and interaction with wildlife researchers are planned when researchers are in camp, or nearby. These include all current research, in particular the good work being done by Dr Flip Stander and his team on the unique desert-adapted lion.

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Reviews:

Luxurious Desert Retreat
— Traveller 2018