From R 9470 per person sharing
- Single supplements and child discounts may apply
- Price varies with seasonality and room options
- Indicative price is for low season
- Wilderness Safaris
The exclusive and remote Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is only accessible by light aircraft and is located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River. Gravel plains, rugged mountains and large, yellow sand dunes draw a scenic circle around the camp. Flanked to the east and west by craggy hills, the camp looks out over a desolate, starkly beautiful landscape, yet offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay. This joint-venture partnership by Wilderness Safaris significantly contributes to the economic development of the local community of Puros.
WHAT MAKES HOANIB SKELETON COAST SPECIAL?
Hoanib Skeleton Coast is the perfect location for a series of unforgettable experiences, such as game drives to one of the greatest concentrations of desert-adapted elephant and lion, or scenic flights over the famous Skeleton Coast.
The reserve seems like a lunar landscape. Scenically located in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession, straddling the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld, this camp is set in a land of stark mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds. It is inhabited by fascinating wildlife that has adapted, seemingly miraculously, to the arid conditions. Key to their survival is the moisture that is provided by the early morning fog and transient flooding of the dry Hoanib River. In some places, freshwater springs support healthy populations of Hartmann's mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu, meerkats, inquisitive ground squirrels, black-backed jackal, hyena and small spotted genet.
Even elephant thrive here, and lion, leopard and cheetah roam the area. Palmwag has the largest free-roaming population of desert-adapted black rhino in Africa, while Cape fur seals occur on the Skeleton Coast shore in their thousands.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast comprises seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit, each with a stylish en-suite bedroom with shaded outdoor deck. Set in one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world, great care was taken to ensure a minimal impact on the environment.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast has all the luxuries and amenities to ensure an unforgettable stay, and main areas include inside and outside lounge areas, a library and plunge pool.
A diverse range of activities showcase the fascinating scenery of the Palmwag Concession and the Skeleton Coast, the wildlife within these areas and the interesting lives of the local people. Exploring the territory on foot, by vehicle and by air, small groups led by expert Wilderness Safaris guides can look forward to marvelling at the ancient Welwitschia plant, following elephant herds and other wildlife, and savouring endless coastlines and landscapes unfolding untouched for hundreds of kilometres. For the first time forays can be undertaken into the previously restricted area of the Hoanib floodplains, remarkable upwellings of fresh water at a series of oases in the middle of the shifting sands of the Namib Desert.
On a stay of three nights or more, flights over Skeleton Coast are offered. These full day excursions showcase the rugged coastline with its seal colony and shipwrecks. To reach the coast you will fly over massive dunefields, the Auses Spring and the Hoanib floodplains.
Guided game drives in Land Rovers 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. The area is so vast and there is so much to see that you leave camp after breakfast and spend the full day exploring the park.
- When a researcher is in camp, find out about the latest lion research happening in the area.
- Visit a working Himba village.
- Time allowing, you may also visit the clay castles, roaring dunes, lichen fields as well as other areas of amazing geographical diversity.
- Spectacular stargazing.