Hoanib Valley Camp (Skeleton Coast Park) Namibia
In a country jam-packed with vast, spectacularly
beautiful landscapes, Kaokoland may just be the most
incredible of them all. Deep in north-western Namibia, the
area is a melee of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge
expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and
nomadic Himba settlements. It’s also one of Namibia’s most
remote and wild environments, and one that not many will get
the chance to discover in a lifetime.
And that’s exactly why we’ve decided to build Hoanib
Valley Camp. A joint venture between the local communities
and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the world’s only
Africa-wide giraffe conservation organisation, the camp is
an elegant, intimate affair that immerses you into the wilds
of the desert. The six rooms blend seamlessly with the
environment, offering a simple aesthetic that matches the
rugged landscape down to a tee. Days are spent tracking
endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and of course
desert-adapted giraffe, before retiring to your private
veranda to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings (G&T
Why book this camp?
- Discover the true magnitude and magic of this remote
part of north-western Namibia – a place that not many
get the chance to visit.
- Game drive through the network of dry sand riverbeds
and discover desert-adapted lion, elephant and giraffe,
and track endangered black rhino.
- Sip a G&T on your private veranda and contemplate
the stark beauty of the landscape spread out all around
- Visit the Giraffe Conservation Foundation field-base
and meet the leaders in cutting-edge giraffe research.
- Spend time with the iconic Himba and Herero people
and learn a little of their fascinating way of life in
such a harsh climate.Embark on a guided nature walk and
uncover the smaller flora and fauna of the desert.
Hoanib Valley’s six guest tents blend almost perfectly
into the rugged environment. The colours, textures and
patterns are inspired by the experience of the Hoanib; the
rich ochre of the dunes, the geometric patterns of the Himba
people and, of course, the giraffe that inspired the
project. True to the ethos of Natural Selection, we’ve
sourced materials locally, and you’ll find furniture shaped
by the local Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers, and baskets
weaved by the people of the Omba Project in Windhoek. The
whole camp is a clean and green sort of place, leaving
virtually no footprint on this fragile eco-system. It’s
entirely solar powered to ensure carbon emissions are kept
to a minimum, and the tents sit on decks made of a wood,
bamboo and 70% recycled-material composite.
The wildlife of the Hoanib Valley is perfectly at home in
the arid environment, and learning about their survival
techniques is fascinating. Game drives will reveal
desert-adapted elephant, as well as stately desert-adapted
giraffe, and, if you’re very lucky, desert lion. Zebra,
klipspringer and kudu move freely through the mountains, and
you’ll find hardy herds of springbok and oryx, as well as
steenbok picking their way across the dust-blown landscapes.
The region is home to the largest population of free-ranging
black rhino, and a day (or even a morning or an afternoon)
tracking the magnificent beasts is an absolute must. Bird
watchers, keep your eyes peeled for Monteiro’s hornbills or
Ruppell’s korhaans in the valleys, and the imperious
Verreaux’s eagle in the mountains.
Deep in the north-western corner of Namibia, Kaokoland is
one of the most remote, wild and marvellously unique areas
of the country. It’s a land characterised by rolling dunes,
rocky mountains and desert plains all criss-crossed by
ancient, dry riverbeds, the roads of the area. Temporary
Himba settlements dot the landscape, and scattered herds of
desert-adapted elephant and giraffe are a common sight.
Hoanib Valley Camp itself is located in the Sesfontein
Community Conservancy, our joint partners in the area. The
camp sits on the banks of the Obias River, just outside the
private 500 square kilometre Palmwag Concession, and
overlooks the ephemeral Hoanib River that teems with
resident elephant, giraffe, oryx and springbok. Although
parts of the land have been designated ‘concession areas’
tourism is still limited, making a visit to this unspoiled
corner even more memorable.
Accommodation Rates:- From $725 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.