Hoanib Skeleton Coast Extension

Explore Namibia's Northern Coast


Enter one of the planet’s most inhospitable yet hauntingly beautiful places. Lying on the border of the Skeleton Coast National Park, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is situated inside a private wilderness concession, ensuring an exhilarating, private, and exclusive experience. This desolate, uninhabited area has everything from unique desert-adapted fauna and flora to towering canyons and seal colonies. Activities at camp include nature drives and walks in this unique, wild, and desolate environment—one of the world’s last surviving true wilderness areas.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Sossusvlei / Skeleton Coast Camp

Transfer to the airstrip for a scenic flight to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Set close to the Skeleton Coast and within the true Namib Desert, the area is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, boasting the Kaokoveld’s best viewing of desert-adapted wildlife and access to vast, remote, and isolated wilderness. Upon arrival, settle into camp, then head out for your first explorations of this incredible environment. Enormous elephant herds thrive along with giraffe, lion, and brown hyena. Gemsbok (oryx), springbok, steenbok, scrub hare, and inquisitive ground squirrel are also seen. Entirely different to the rugged mountains and valleys inland, the Skeleton Coast hosts Cape fur seals in their thousands along with black-backed jackals. Birds are equally diverse, with regular endemics like Rüppell's korhaan, Benguela long-billed lark and lark-like bunting. Overnight at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp...BLD

Days 2-3
Skeleton Coast Camp

Activities at camp include nature drives that showcase the magnitude of the landscape and offer the best possibilities of seeing desert-adapted wildlife (morning or afternoon drives are available, as well as full-day excursions). You can also explore the nearby dunes: nature walks from camp take in the magnificent surrounds as well as offer a glimpse of vestiges of the Strandloper (Beachcomber) lifestyle from hundreds of years ago. Exploring on foot is also a good opportunity to study the smaller creatures and the fascinating plant life of the area. Birding enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the diverse avifauna of the northern Palmwag Concession, from soaring raptors to charming Namaqua sandgrouse and other regular endemics.

Presentations by, and interactions with, wildlife researchers at the Hoanib Research Centre are possible when they are in camp. These interactions cover all current research being supported at Hoanib, in particular the vital work conducted by Dr. Philip Stander and his team studying the unique desert-adapted lion. Overnights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp...BLD each day

Day 4

Transfer to the airstrip and fly to Damaraland and continue with Day 4 of the Namibia Private Journey itinerary.

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Length: 4 days
Cost From: $3290  
Arrive: Sossusvlei, Namibia
Depart: Damaraland, Namibia
Lodging: 3 nights deluxe safari lodge
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Walking, Wildlife and Natural History, Birding
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, nature walks, scenic light aircraft flight (weather permitting)