2016 is the year of ‘slow travel’, a concept that refers to an increase in travellers opting to stay for longer periods at a single place. One of the benefits of this type of travel is that it allows you to completely immerse yourself in the place you are visiting. By doing this you have time to get to experience more of the ‘magic’ of each destination.
Today our featured destination is Namibia’s beautiful Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Hoanib contains spectacular geology, a place of bewitching rocks, red sands and the famous Skeleton Coast – the ‘oasis’ of this desert land.
This section of the Skeleton Coast is known for its incredible diversity of wildlife. Many travellers to Hoanib go in search of the famous desert-adapted elephants and lions – well documented by wildlife conservationist Dr Phillip ‘Flip’ Stander. And it is true that no matter how many times you may have heard, seen or read about these unique animals, nothing can quite prepare you for your first experience of seeing these icons of Africa or the feeling of overwhelming calmness evoked by an immense and silent desert.
With a trend towards slow travel, and with many Wilderness Camps being suited to a longer stay, there is more reason to want to see all that your destination has to offer. At Hoanib, you will want to stay for at least three days to explore the region.
The camp is the recent winner of the Andrew Harper Africa Grand Awards; Harper had this to say, “The feeling of being somewhere close to the end of the world is overwhelming. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is a remarkable place that fully deserves its many accolades.
We arrived to find spacious open-sided public areas, covered by steeply pitched tented ceilings, that flowed unimpeded into the desert landscape.”
Eight stylish large tents with shaded outdoor decks merge with the white dune sands flanked to the east by rugged hills, each with en-suite bedrooms.
At a glance:
Eight large tents including one family unit
Shaded outdoor decks and en-suite bedrooms
Nature walks, exploratory game drives, day trips with picnic lunches, Skeleton coast scenic drive/ flight and day trip
Where: The camp lies on the Hoanib River floodplain and straddles the Palmwag Concession and Skeleton Coast National Park, close to the Atlantic Ocean.
Sightings to seek: desert-adapted elephant, desert-adapted lion, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok
Written by Kate Collins, Wilderness Safaris Writer
Kate grew up exploring the bushveld on her family rose farm, living among Nguni cattle, geese, warthogs, ostriches and horses. After completing an Honours degree at the University of Cape Town, Kate began working at Wild magazine as a journalist and as the Digital Editor of the Wild Card website. Kate has travelled to destinations throughout southern Africa, enjoying the many rich offerings of our country. Her work at Wild magazine helped secure her next move to Londolozi Game Reserve where she worked in their Creative team managing online communications and assisting guests with their wildlife photography. Kate now lives in Johannesburg and is proud to be a part of Wilderness Safaris in her role as copywriter. “I am very excited to work for a company that makes such a huge difference to people’s lives and to the wild places throughout our incredibly beautiful and diverse continent.”