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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Skeleton Coast - Namibia

Hoanib Skeleton Camp offers upmarket tented accommodation in one of the most remote areas of Kaokoland. The main attraction here is tracking desert-adapted elephant along the dry riverbeds of the region. Wildlife sightings always offer superb photographic opportunities in the little visited Skeleton Coast National Park. Highlights are many and include spectacular scenery, diverse activities and learning how other desert-adapted mammals, bird and plants survive in such inhospitable conditions. Time spent here is well-worth it with oases, shipwrecks, huge sand dunes and a dramatic coastline providing additional desert drama on your activities.

This private and exclusive wilderness destination is only accessible by light aircraft from scheduled flights leaving to and from Windhoek via Doro !Nawas and Serra Cafema. Flights from Swakopmund to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp can also be arranged.

You will be staying in the northern part of the Palmwag Concession, set close to tributaries of the Hoanib River. The outstanding landscape of gravel plains, yellow sand dunes and mountains enhance the beauty of the region. This private and exclusive wilderness destination is only accessible by light aircraft from scheduled flights leaving to and from Windhoek via Doro !Nawas and Serra Cafema. Flights from Swakopmund to HoanibSkeleton Coast Camp can also be arranged.

Natural light pours into the glass fronted dining room, in return affording fantastic views while you wine and dine. Step outside to the plunge pool and small open-air wooden lunch and leisure deck with loungers. The campfire, bar and lounge sit side-by-side under the same strong, weather-proof canvas stretch tent, with comfy armchairs and sofas inviting relaxation and stunning vistas throughout.

The accommodation is flanked by rugged hills and stand on low wooden decks. Guests stay in 7 twin-bedded tents and 1 family unit. En-suite bedrooms, comfortable seating, fan, tea/coffee station, desk, wardrobe and your very own tent deck are standard. Superb views complement the architecture and interiors of Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.

The camp's location, both close to the Skeleton Coast yet still within the Namib Desert offer a rich diversity of desert-adapted wildlife. The inland mountains and valley habitats are home to desert-adapted elephant, lion, giraffe, brown hyena, oryx, steenbok, springbok, ground squirrels and scrub hare. In stark contrast the coast attracts thousands of Cape fur seals, black-backed jackals and brown hyena.

Birders will be pleased that along and near the coast observations of tractrac chat, jaegers and skuas are common. Rüppell's korhaan, lark-like bunting and Benguela long-billed lark can be seen further inland.

Accommodation in Namibia

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  • Skeleton Coast: Room Interior
  • Skeleton Coast: Desert Elephant
  • Skeleton Coast: Elephant In River
  • Skeleton Coast: Gemsbok Skull
  • Skeleton Coast: Giraffe
  • Skeleton Coast: Himba Dwelling
  • Skeleton Coast: Oryx Climbing The Hoarusib Dune Wall
  • Skeleton Coast: Ostrich
  • Skeleton Coast: Outdoor Dining
  • Skeleton Coast: Desert Drive
  • Skeleton Coast: Salt Pan
  • Skeleton Coast: Sand Dunes
  • Skeleton Coast: Seal Colony
  • Skeleton Coast: Seal Pup
  • Skeleton Coast: Skeleton Coast
  • Skeleton Coast: Strange Rock
  • Skeleton Coast: Sunset Drive
  • Skeleton Coast: Tent Interior
  • Skeleton Coast: Tent Position
  • Skeleton Coast: Wreck
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The area is so vast and there is so much to see you leave camp after breakfast and spend the full day exploring the park. A picnic lunch is enjoyed out in the wild and we return to base camp in the late afternoon. We travel in 4 x 4 Land Rovers and cover an extraordinary variety of terrains. On the days activities you are likely to see a seal colony and natural springs, and abundance of the Skeleton Coasts ecology, visit a working Himba village and spend time tracking Desert Elephants. Time allowing you may also visit the clay castles / roaring dunes / lichen fields as well as other areas of amazing geographical diversity.
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This Skeleton Coast Camp can only be reached by light aircraft

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