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NAMIBIA SKELETON COAST "HOANIB SKELETON COAST CAMP"

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Travellers have long mystified the Skeleton Coast with its intriguing stories of shipwrecks, desolate dunes and beach roaming carnivores. But due to its harsh environment and long history under varying control and protection, few people have had the opportunity to experience this fascinating corner of the world. Hoanib is in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld, straddling the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park. The camp is scenically located in a broad valley near the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern Palmwag Concession.
Expect Low-impact design sensitive to the fragile desert environment,
Pool in main area, waterhole in front of camp, Indoor and outdoor lounge areas, Curio corner, Dining and bar area, Fire pit.

Access Hoanib Skeleton Coast

At this time, Hoanib Skeleton Coast is not accessible on a self-drive basis.
For any self-drive itinerary, vehicles would need to be parked at the Doro Nawas hub at own risk, with a return seat on the Wilderness Air Namibia Scheduled Flying Circuit between Doro !Nawas and Hoanib to be booked and paid for.
Daily flights from Windhoek or closer area in Namibia.
Daily flight from Doro Nawas 11h55 / 12h35 Hoanib Skeleton Coast.
Daily flight from Hoanib Skeleton Coast 11h05 / 11h35 Doro Nawas.

Lodging at Hoanib Skeleton Coast

Number of units: 8 units comprising of: 7 x twin-bedded units with two three quarter beds. 1 x family unit consisting of 2 rooms, each with their own bathroom (main bedroom with two three quarter beds which can be converted into king-size bed on request; 2nd bedroom with two three quarter beds). The unit consist of 2 bedrooms with their own bathroom sharing the entrance and deck. The second bedroom has no separate toilet and one vanity basin only.
A total of 8 mattress converters are available that transforms twin beds into king-size beds. To be arranged prior to arrival.
Unit details
Stylish well-insulated tents with free flow stretch canvas roofing and floating cement foundation on stilts with ensuite facilities with bathroom, shower and separate toilet. Shaded outdoor lounge. No air-conditioning, however, a pedestal fan is provided in all the tents. During winter hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided.
Bath robes, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo & conditioner, body lotion, room spray, insect repellents, washing powder (for smalls), sewing kit, shower caps, cotton-tip swaps, cotton balls, tissues dispensers, umbrella and laundry bag are supplied in each tent.

Activities & Excursions

The area is inhabited by wildlife that has adapted superbly to its environs. One of the greatest concentrations of desert-adapted elephant can be found along with Hartmann’s zebra, gemsbok (oryx), giraffe, springbok, and
even lion and brown hyaena. Trips to the Skeleton Coast also reveal Cape fur seal colonies and other coastal life.

Activities
Nature drives in 4 x 8-seater open 4x4 Land Cruisers each accommodating a maximum of 7 guests (semi closed and with roll down sides. Three Land Cruises have 2 seats on top of roof and one Land Cruiser has a pop up roof) along the Hoanib River & floodplains, Mudorib Spring and south into the Palmwag Concession.
Presentations from and interaction with wildlife researchers when in camp.
On a stay of 3 nights or more, a fly-in excursion (weather-permitting) is included in the rate. Limited to a maximum of 10 guests per excursion due to the number of vehicles and aircraft available, the Skeleton Coast excursion includes Klein Oasis Spring dune drives, visiting seal colonies, exploring the coastline and a picnic lunch. The vehicles utilised at the coast are as follows: 1 x 8-seater and 1 x 5-seater closed Land Rovers, accommodating 10 guests plus the guide and drivers.
NOTE: The fog that this area is known for has an influence on the flying. Either the excursion is cancelled entirely or departure may be delayed until the fog lifts. Occasionally the excursion will be cut short if the fog rolls in fast from the coast, alternatively one or both journeys between the camp and coast may be conducted by vehicle (3 to 4 hours drive one way). In all instances, the pilot reserves the right to make the relevant decision as safety is paramount. Excursion to Auses Spring for guests wanting to experience this area on the ground rather than just viewing from the air on the scenic flight (possible during 4 or 5 night stays).
Research participation: Subject to researcher availability.
Details on request. Stargazing with a laser pointer.
Hot water bottles (during winter and on early morning game drives only) and lined ponchos are provided on game drives.
Private activities available on request and at additional cost (no private activities available for The Skeleton Coast excursion).

Suggested Activity Schedule
Below is a typical three-night itinerary; subject to change due to fog and weather conditions, wildlife whereabouts, availability of researchers and other circumstances.
On a two-night stay, a variation of this itinerary is followed that does not include the scenic flight to the Skeleton Coast (weather permitting). On stays of four or five nights, sleep-outs (weather permitting), game drives into the Skeleton Coast National Park and research participation may be offered.

DAY 1
Afternoon: Game drive to Hoanib Riverbed, Amspoort and possibly President’s Waterhole before sundowners and a drive back to camp. Wildlife that may be encountered includes elephant, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok.
Evening: An illustrated orientation talk on the Palmwag Concession and the Skeleton Coast with reference to the following morning’s flight route.

DAY 2
Morning: Scenic Skeleton Coast flight (weather permitting) to Möwe Bay, showcasing the dramatic landscape. From Möwe Bay, drive to the seal colony and then either to view shipwreck debris or south to Hoanib Mouth and Klein Oase. Wildlife that may be encountered includes gemsbok, black-backed jackal and potentially lion or brown hyaena.
Afternoon: Following lunch, fly back to camp taking in the seal colony, the Suiderkus wreck, the dune fields, Auses Spring and the Hoanib floodplains from the air.
Evening: Pre-dinner presentation on the unique desert-adapted lion and other research in the area.

DAY 3
Morning: Drive south over gravel plains to Mudorib Spring, taking in fascinating scenery and wildlife; return to camp for lunch.
Afternoon: Game drive to Hoanib Riverbed and then downstream to Hoanib Floodplains in search of elephant and giraffe – and maybe even lion.

DAY 4
Morning: Stretch your legs or take a final drive in the vicinity of the Hoanib River before flying out.

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS PACKAGES INCLUDING RETURN FLIGHTS

Daily flight from Doro Nawas 11h55 / 12h35 Hoanib Skeleton Coast.
Daily flight from Hoanib Skeleton Coast 11h05 / 11h35 Doro Nawas.

Cost Per Person, based 2 or 4 persons
1.405 Euros (01/11/14 > 14/06/2015) - Extra Night +465 Euros
1.860 Euros (15/06/15 > 31/10/2015) - Extra night +695 Euros
1.405 Euros (01/11/15 > 19/12/2015) - Extra night +465 Euros
1.650 Euros (20/12/15 > 10/01/2015) - Extra night +590 Euros

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