- 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.
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019