A remote unexplored corner of north-west Namibia is the stunning desert setting of Wilderness Safaris’ Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. The brand new luxury tented camp looks out over a waterhole and dry river bed to rugged rock formations and a pristine landscape that is as away from it all as you can get, the only access by light aircraft. This isolated wilderness in the private Palmwag concession, adjoining the Skeleton Coast National Park, is home to a surprising amount of desert adapted wildlife including elephant, oryx and lion. An expedition to the Skeleton Coast and return flight reveals the spectacular contrasts of this fascinating land.
The eight luxury tented suites are all very spacious and decorated with simple contemporary elegance to harmonise with the natural setting and conserve the fragile eco-system. Insulated walls and ceilings in bedroom and en-suite bathroom offset the desert extremes of temperature, the stylish Bedouin tent canopy stretching to shelter a private outdoor lounge with plenty of comfortable seating to relax and drink in the peaceful atmosphere, and perhaps watch an elephant strolling along the river bed. The family suite has two bedrooms connected by a lounge area.
At the eco-chic main lodge guests relax between activities in the comfortable bar and lounge, minimalist dining room and stylish swimming pool and deck. The professional and friendly staff work culinary wonders, including freshly baked breads and fresh produce, magically even providing gluten-free treats on request. Delicious picnic lunches might be served in a green oasis during a game drive with the informative guides, sundowners on a scenic lookout observing desert-adapted lion.
Staying for three nights allows for a full day expedition to the Skeleton Coast, a highlight for many, through a succession of landscapes including, dunes, the vlei with waterbirds, and then stark gravel coastal plain to the Mowe Bay seal colony. After a picnic lunch the short return flight unveils the unique landscapes from the air. Already acknowledged as ‘Most Out of this World’ lodge in the 2015 Tatler Travel Awards, the wild adventure in a photographers dream setting, together with the legendary Wilderness hospitality, ensure a memorable experience of a lifetime.