It was a particularly exciting month at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in terms of “old things” during January. One of the guides, Gert (also known as Papa G), has been exploring the valley in which the camp is built, as well as surrounding valleys. He found stone shelters, grain stores, pottery shards, stone tools and either a grave or a “communication post” of sorts from a forgotten tribe that seems to have made the very valley where Hoanib Skeleton Coast stands, home. Gert and Wilderness’ Environmental Manager Conrad Brain are planning an exciting archaeological project around all of these incredible finds.
The second amazing find was that of a Chinese coin dating back to 1913! Wilderness Air Pilot Malcolm found it at Möwe Bay and when he returned to Windhoek he checked with a numismatist (that’s someone who studies currency) and Chinese translator – apparently it was made in 1913 in the Sichuan province. He received an official translation from Joe Cribb, the first person to publish English research on Chinese coins and the former keeper of the department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum.
Sunset is a magic time of day at Hoanib – the fire is lit, the guests gather to swop stories, often interrupted by lions roaring in the distance.
Nature drives are always rewarding here too, with desert-adapted elephant and giraffe regularly seen.
Our Research Centre is complete. This is where researchers give presentations and guests can familiarise themselves with the project displays and interact with our in-house brown hyaena researcher, Emsie Verwey.
We are very proud of our small but well-stocked new curio shop!
“The entire scenery and location of the lodge, elephant sightings, dune drive and sundowner. Also the excellent food, the friendly people/staff.”