August 2015 – Wilderness Safaris is pleased to announce that Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, located in the Hoanib River Valley within the private Palmwag Concession in Namibia, has been listed as the best desert safari camp in The Times UK and Ireland’s Top 20 Safari Camps feature.
“As Hoanib is located in one of the most remote and undeveloped areas in the world, we are extremely proud to have been included amongst the world’s best safari camps for our exclusive desert-safari offering; one that not only delivers a world-class experience to our guests, but also boasts an extremely light eco-footprint”, says Mike Wassung, Wilderness Safaris Namibia CEO.
Comprising eight stylish en-suite tents, the camp combines luxurious comfort with a low-impact design that is sensitive to its fragile desert environment and operates on 100% solar power. Its location in the isolated Kaokoveld makes it an ideal option for adventurous travellers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination and the opportunity to see a variety of desert-adapted species, including elephant, gemsbok, giraffe, springbok and occasionally lion.
Hoanib and its surrounding concession is also the location where the highly anticipated documentary, “Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib” was filmed, tracing the amazing story of survival of a small population of lion that lives in the arid conditions of the northern Namib Desert. Recently released, the fascinating two-hour documentary is about an old lioness, her two daughters, and their five adolescent sons, known as the “Five Musketeers”. It also focuses on the efforts of Dr Flip Stander of Desert Lion Conservation, who has devoted his life to researching and protecting these rare and precious animals.
Wilderness Safaris guests visiting Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp have the opportunity to interact with researchers when they are in camp, not only on topics relating to desert-adapted lion, but also the area’s brown hyaena population and the various other arid-adapted species found in the region. These researchers have also assisted Wilderness in the creation of lion sighting protocols to ensure minimal disturbance to these sensitive animals.
Other activities make the most of the diverse landscapes surrounding the camp, with guests exploring the area by foot, vehicle or air alongside expert Wilderness Safaris guides. Unique game-viewing opportunities include day trips to the remote Mudorib Springs for the opportunity to see wildlife and plenty of birdlife, game drives and nature walks. Guests staying three nights or more can also visit the world-famous Skeleton Coast and its Cape fur seal colonies, pebble beaches, and shipwreck remains.
Hoanib can be combined with Wilderness Safaris’ other exceptional offerings in the north-west region to create an authentic and evocative desert experience within Namibia, from Damaraland and Desert Rhino Camps to Serra Cafema in the far north.