Wilderness eröffnet das Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Located 90 km south-east of our previous Skeleton Coast Camp site on the Khumib River, the new concession is located on the Hoanib River, in the most remote part of the Kaokoveld. The Kaokoveld is a land of rugged scenery, mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by incredible desert-adapted plant and animal life. Here, despite the arid environs, elephant thrive along with giraffe, antelope, lion, leopard and cheetah.
In line with Wilderness Safaris' commitment to the Government of Namibia's far-sighted Community-based Natural Resource Management policy - an approach that Wilderness has embraced from the outset - the twenty-year concession is a joint venture with the neighbouring Community-based Conservancies of Anabeb, Torra and Sesfontein.
Exploring the territory on foot, by vehicle and by air, small groups led by expert safari guides can look forward to unravelling the enigmatic history of the original Strandlopers ("Beachcombers"), their stone circles lying in hidden valleys, marvelling at the ancient Welwitschia plant, following herds and other wildlife, and savouring the endless landscapes unfolding untouched for hundreds of kilometres.
Weather conditions permitting, for the first time, forays into the Hoanib floodplains (previously restricted inside the Skeleton Coast National Park) can be undertaken. This includes the strange upwelling of fresh water at a series of oases in the middle of the shifting Namib Desert. Extended day trips will explore the north of the concession, with guests meeting Himba communities around Puros as well as Sesfontein villages.
The exclusive camp, comprising just seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit, will be a Classic Camp with all the attendant luxuries and amenities, and is expected to be ready in mid-2013. Along with a dedicated airfield in the vicinity granting improved access, we look forward to doing this magnificent landscape justice with a low-impact design that is sensitive to the fragile desert environment.