The Hoarusib and Hoanib valleys are the last true wilderness areas left in Namibia.
They’re central to two of the dozen ephemeral and seasonal rivers the country. The Hoanib itself runs a 270km long journey into the Atlantic from a vast 17,200 km² catchment area in which every few years, a heavy rain in the hinterland causes a massive flood wave to pass through the valley. Most of this seeps into a large sub-surface aquifer and part of a linear oasis system downstream before reaching the Atlantic.
It’s in the lower reaches that the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp has been resurrected near the confluence of the Tsuxeb and Hoanib rivers.
This is the southern part of the Kunene region in which Dr Flip Stander has been conducting research on desert-adapted lions since 2006.
It’s also part of a larger study area concentrating on desert-adapted elephants in the Kunene region of which a population of only around 600 remains from the 3000-odd which was believed to roamed freely in northern South West Africa in the early part of last century.
The Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp opened in August 2014. It’s a premier Wilderness camp with a low impact design reflecting the fragile desert environment of the Hoanib valley.
We have a 5 day exploration offering a rare opportunity to get into this remote part of the Kaokoveld and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park. Desert elephants are almost guaranteed. Shipwrecks, seals and other rarities are a certainty.
If guide extraordinaire, Chris Bakkes is in camp, ask him to show you myrrh and some other specials around. The camp’s opening special offer, all inclusive with return Windhoek charter flights over 5 days is available for travel up until 10 January 2015: $3995 per person. See the full itinerary.