December 2015 – Wilderness Safaris is delighted to announce that Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp was awarded a special nomination by the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) for its service excellence rendered to the industry since opening in August 2014. At the same gala event held in Swakopmund earlier this month, Hoanib also received the prestigious Five Flowers award by Eco Awards Namibia for its responsible tourism practices.
Both HAN and Eco Awards Namibia are reflective of the high standards and application of sustainable practices towards the environment and people of Namibia. The Five Flowers award is a rare achievement, with Hoanib only one of a few camps to have received this high level of endorsement. At the same event, Wilderness Safaris Damaraland and Serra Cafema Camps were awarded Four and Three Flowers respectively, in recognition of their commitment to sustainability.
“We are honoured to receive this prestigious recognition for our commitment to our 4Cs sustainability ethic of Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce. Receiving Five Flowers for Hoanib serves as a benchmark for the rest of our portfolio, and we will continue to strive to achieve the best overall guest experience while remaining true to our sustainability ethos”, says Jack Chakanga, Wilderness Safaris Namibia Environmental Officer.
Comprising eight stylish en-suite tents, Hoanib combines luxurious comfort with a low-impact design that is sensitive to its fragile desert environment and operates on 100% solar power. Despite the arid environs, desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, giraffe, springbok and even lion can be found within this extraordinary, dramatic area – along with sightings of the unusual brown hyaena.
In addition to its high standards of sustainability practices, Hoanib is part of a joint partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the neighbouring Community-based Conservancies of Anabeb, Torra and Sesfontien. “This partnership gives us the rights to manage the concession for 20 years, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the camp and our conservation efforts with the buy-in from our neighbouring communities; this support is crucial to the ongoing success of Hoanib”, added Chakanga.
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp setting new standards for sustainable conservation tourism