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Set in a broad valley between the Palmwag Concession and the iconic Skeleton Coast, at the point where two tributaries of the Hoanib River meet, the camp is in a very remote area of the Kaokoveld.

Consisting of only seven tents with twin beds and one family unit, with stylish bedrooms, en suite bathrooms and shaded outdoor decks, it is flanked by rugged hills and looks out over stark but stunning scenery. Despite its isolation – the only way to reach Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is by light aircraft – it offers all the comforts and amenities necessary for an unforgettable stay. And due to its wilderness setting there is no better place to see the Kaokoveld’s surprisingly diverse wildlife.

Although at first sight it appears barren, this stark environment offers excellent opportunities to see distinctive desert-adapted animals such as elephant, giraffe, gemsbok (oryx), springbok and tiny steenbok along with scrub hare and ground squirrel, while predators include brown hyena, black-backed jackal and lion. Game drives and walks reveal the area’s spectacular lunar landscapes, unexpected oases and giant sand dunes, while a short scenic flight to the Skeleton Coast (weather permitting) is rewarded with dramatic views of a colony of noisy Cape fur seals, lonely shipwrecks and the seemingly endless wave-lashed coastline.

The birdlife is equally diverse, and endemic species such as Rüppell's korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark and lark-like bunting are seen regularly. Towards the coast the bird community changes and tractrac chat can be seen, as well as jaegers and skuas around the seal colonies.

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  • Available*: Jan-Dec * The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.

Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Namibia’s Desert & Coast

This guided small group trip explores the wilderness environments of the arid Namib Desert and the scenically dramatic Skeleton Coast. These remarkable landscapes and the highly-adapted wildlife that inhabits these desolate areas distinguish Namibia from any of its neighbours in Southern Africa.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,195 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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The Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with everything from soaring dunes and plains to deep canyons, mountains, saltpans and freshwater springs. Travelling by light aircraft provides stunning views of the shipwreck littered coastline and its remarkable natural features.

  • Where: Erongo & Kunene Regions
  • Ideal for viewing: brown hyena, cape fur seal, desert elephant, gemsbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Flying safaris, Vehicle safaris