Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is an ethereal mix of vast plains and dry riverbeds, haunting shipwrecks and Victorian ghost towns, enigmatic desert elephants and endangered black rhinos. A very remote part of Damaraland in northern Namibia, the Skeleton Coast is a natural curiosity shop for adventurous travellers: nowhere else can you can see preternatural welwitschias – at 2 000 years, the oldest living desert plants in the world – or follow in the ancient tracks of Strandlopers, the original beachcombing hunter-gatherer residents. The semi-nomadic Himba people still live in the region, and use thousands of years of accumulated wisdom to survive the sometimes forbidding terrain.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is a 7-tent establishment in a rugged valley that is home to a surprising diversity of plant and animal life. Fogs off the Atlantic Ocean, formed when the icy Benguela Current meets the sun-baked desert air, ensure precious moisture that keeps this pre-historic environment alive. The transient Hoanib River supports a ribbon of vegetation that is the major source of food for desert-dwelling creatures, including giraffe, cheetah and springbok. Birders will be thrilled to spot a lanner falcon perched majestically in an isolated sheperd’s tree.

While 4x4ing through the Skeleton Coast National Park, enjoy a picnic lunch on the dunes, watch the comical antics of throngs of grunting Cape fur seals on the beach or scan the mesmerizingly stark landscape for the iconic, sword-like horns of a lone oryx standing sentry in the sand.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tatler Travel Guide Awards 2015 - Most "Out Of This World"


  • Exclusive, intimate desert camp
  • Desert elephants & endangered black rhino
  • Spectacular valley views
  • 6 twin tents & 1 family tent

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The main area of the camp consists of an open-plan lounge, bar and dining area with spectacular views of the desert. The emphasis on Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is getting out into the wild as much as possible.

General Facilities

    Laundry service
    Solar power
    Swimming Pool


Weather permitting, evening meals are served in the open-air dining room under an old leadwood tree from where incredible desert views can be enjoyed. Menus make use of both locally-sourced and imported ingredients. 

Room Description

Built on an island in the dry Khumib riverbed, seven Meru-style twin-bedded tents are spacious and en suite bathrooms. A family-size tent is also available.


  • Game drives
  • Full-day safaris
  • Guided walks
  • Picnics

Traveller Reviews

  • The Hoanib Skeleton coast camp and sights were very good and as I hoped.

    Iain Watt, February 2016
  • Hoanib was great. The coast trip was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed watching the seals. Food was good and we enjoyed our guide - Papa G. Staff were very friendly.

    David Aulen, December 2015
  • Hoanib Skeleton Coast was pretty spectacular. Again loved watching the animals at the waterhole.

    Suzy Freeman, September 2015
  • Yep - we also loved it here - some other guests weren't as happy because they felt it was too contemporary to be a tented camp - we thought it was an excellent design which is clearly ecologically aware and in keeping with the environment.

    Susan McGuigan, November 2014
  • The best hotel by far was the Hoanib Camp, we should have stayed there 3 nights instead of 2. The camp is really special and remote. The people are extremely nice and they make it special and unique for you. From the breakfast surprise in the bush, to the lion desert researchers sharing the wine tasting.

    Sebastien Lafosse, September 2014

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"We are delighted to represent this new gem in a very remote & beautiful part of Namibia. Surrounded by little more than breathtaking scenery and the odd desert-adapted elephant, I imagine this will become a very sought-after experience."

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