Overview of Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

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.

Enjoy presentations and interaction with wildlife researchers when they are present at the camp. Learn about important and fascinating conservation programs like the vital research on the unique desert-adapted lion.

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.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Exclusive, intimate desert camp
  • Desert elephants & endangered black rhino
  • Spectacular valley views
  • 6 twin tents & 1 family tent
Full-day safaris

Full-day safaris

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walks

Guided walks



Rooms at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
  • Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp Tent

    Standard Twin Tent

    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.

    General Facilities

    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.



    Laundry service

    Laundry service



    Solar power

    Solar power

    Swimming pool

    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.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    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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    Traveller Reviews

    • IW

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

      Iain Watt
    • DA

      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
    • SF

      Hoanib Skeleton Coast was pretty spectacular. Again loved watching the animals at the waterhole.

      Suzy Freeman
    • SM

      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
    • SL

      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