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Five reasons we love Hoanib Camp
Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and desert-adapted wildlife is often high on the list for people that are looking to explore Namibia a little bit off the usual tourist circuit. However, unless you have a couple of fully equipped 4x4s, a bit of self-drive experience and a lot of time, it is a surprisingly difficult trip to undertake. That’s where Hoanib Camp comes in. This relatively new camp offers all this with the ease of simply flying into camp and adding it to a self-drive itinerary. Here are the five reasons we love Hoanib Camp…
1. Unique desert-adapted wildlife
Located in one of the least densely populated countries in the world, Hoanib Camp offers a truly unique experience away from civilisation with the big attraction of being able to see the desert-adapted wildlife. The Hoanib River, which forms the broad valley in which Hoanib Camp sits, is the lifeline for giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, hyenas, various antelopes and even lions that live here. Spotting desert-adapted wildlife is a really unique experience; seeing a lion in Etosha National Park is great, but seeing one sat on a sand dune and wondering how it manages to survive in this harsh environment is spectacular.
2. Low impact tourism done well
The camp itself has a unique design, built to cope with the extreme heat that the desert can throw at it. Even though there is no mains power at the camp, you have a fridge in your room, natural ventilation keeping your room cool, icemakers, cold drinks and even a small swimming pool. When the camp was built, they went through extraordinary lengths to make it as low impact as possible. This starts with the huge solar panels that power the entire camp and the water filtration system (making safe drinking water), and ends with the fact that the game drive vehicles even carry brooms with them so that any tracks and damage can be rectified if you venture a little off-road.
3. The Skeleton Coast
Hoanib Camp also offers the best and most comfortable way of seeing a remote part of the Skeleton Coast. Your day starts early as you head out by car and then make your way along the Hoanib River towards the coast. You cross the river several times until you hit the dunes and experience the “singing dunes”. From here you then head to the coast, exploring old shipwrecks, seal colonies and even a museum before having a late lunch by the sea. Your day ends with a short scenic flight back to camp, where you then have an informative chat with the conservationists working at camp and get an insight into the research they do.
4. Get off-the-beaten-track
As Hoanib Camp is only accessible by air, you can rest assured that you won’t see any vehicles or tourists other than the ones staying with you at the camp. Namibia is a very popular country for exploring and self-driving and you often find that you meet people along the way more than once. The usual route of Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha is nicely broken up by Hoanib, and lets you explore a stunning and unspoilt part of Namibia. It’s nature in its rawest form.
5. Simply fantastic hospitality
Staying at Hoanib is not just very comfortable and even luxurious, but it’s also the team that make your stay so brilliant. From the management to the guides and even chefs, everyone is very enthusiastic about where they are, what they do and that you’ve chosen to come and experience it. Their love for it all spills over on a daily basis and they will go out of their way to make your stay as fantastic as possible.