- Stunning, unique landscape
- Contemporary, stylish accommodation
- Skeleton Coast excursions
- Opportunity to meet wildlife researchers
Hoanib Skeleton Coast is an intimate, exclusive lodge situated in a remote corner of northern Damaraland, northwest Namibia. Accessible by light aircraft or self-drive, this high-end camp is tucked away in the private Palmwag concession, adjacent to the Skeleton Coast National Park. Constructed in 2014, the accommodation has a distinctly contemporary feel, and is situated close to the Hoanib River amidst a stunning landscape of contrasts comprising rugged mountains, gravel plains, and impressive sand dunes. Belying its frequently arid appearance, the riverbed supports a surprising diversity of bird and wildlife, including desert-adapted elephant and lion, plus giraffe, springbok, kudu, ostrich, brown hyena, and the elusive leopard. Hoanib is a fantastic upmarket option for any traveller wishing to experience the distinctive wildlife and isolated wilderness for which Namibia is renowned.
The main areas in camp comprise a spacious tented lounge and bar area featuring neutral décor and stylish, contemporary furnishings. Meals are served in the large dining room or alfresco, overlooking the Namib Desert, and both individual tables and communal dining can be accommodated. There is a modest swimming pool with loungers, and a campfire area where guests can relax with sundowners. An outside lounge area offers comfortable sofas and breath-taking views of the valley. The camp operates fully on solar power, and pursues an eco-friendly ethos. Internet access is available in the main area.
Activities include half and full day game drives with knowledgeable guides, nature walks, day trips to desert oases, and fly/drive excursions to the Skeleton Coast, famed for its colonies of Cape fur seals, and dramatic rocky coastline, littered with remains of shipwrecks. Guests also have the opportunity to meet wildlife researchers from the Hoanib Research Centre when they are in camp, and learn about their studies on the desert-adapted lion.
Accommodation consists of seven spacious, contemporary style tents, and one family unit. Each tent has either double or twin beds with bedside tables and reading lamps, plus clothes storage, and safe. All units have an ensuite bathroom with twin washbasins, toilet and shower. Outside is a private, shaded wooden veranda with comfortable seating and stunning views.
The camp welcomes children over 12 years of age. Families with children age 6 to 11 years may be accommodated, subject to hiring a private safari vehicle, at considerable additional cost. A two bedroom family unit is available, with one double and two single beds, plus two bathrooms and a lounge area. Note that the camp is not fenced, and adult supervision is therefore required at all times.
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023
Hi Lisa, Thanks for your email! It was amazing thank you! We had the best time, everything ran smoothly (aside from a break-down due to faulty clutch on day 1 of the tour, but our guide / driver sorted that and we were back on track by that evening). Saw all the things we wanted to see, even a mum and cub cheetah. Our boys have had such a different holiday and a fab taste of the world! Thank you so much for organising this for us. We’d definitely recommend our guide/driver (Tuhafeni) and assistant (Frans) again. Nicola
Nicola T reviewing Highlights of Namibia - Family Group Tour on 18 August 2023