Reviews of Hoanib Skeleton Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
38 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Hoanib Skeleton Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Out of this world experience"
The trip to the coast is particularly impressive" See all these reviews: 20n in Namibia
"Hoanib camp review"
The modern camp makes for a luxurious experience and all the staff are welcoming and efficient as well as great fun. Our guide , Francois was superb and made every day special even getting stuck in the sand !! The ability to see the elephants,lion,giraffe and cheetah living in the desert was an outstanding experience, We had an amazing day at the ocean with seals , flamingos and shipwrecks and flew back to the camp.
Researchers staying at the camp gave interesting talks in the evening - a bonus." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
"Unique location in spectacular setting"
The only thing that is a problem here we thought, is the vehicles they are using for the trips, the views were rather restricted when sitting anywhere but in the front seat, there was a lifting roof but this could only really be used when stationery, and though they had put a window in the front above the windscreen. To be fair they are clearly aware of the shortcomings of their vehicles, and say the need it to be closed in because of the cold, but they could provide a fleecy blanket, and use vehicles similar to other places" See all these reviews: 15n in Namibia
"Amazing place, amazing experience."
"a new camp, needs work"
No attention to details, poor maintenance of equipment. Can be simply dangerous." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
With regards to a couple of issues, these travellers explained to us that whilst on an excursion with Hoanib Camp they noted the vehicle had a slow puncture, which they mentioned to their guide. However, the following day it appeared that the tyre had not been changed and consequently went flat after a few hours. The vehicle had no spare, and the jack didn’t work. A second vehicle was able to supply a spare tyre, and after some work the tyre was changed. The guests were concerned that these issues could lead to a dangerous situation given how far from camp the excursions travel in this remote area.
These travellers also did not feel that the camp manager ran the camp well. They felt that he didn’t maintain the maintenance on vehicles well. They also felt that the service was slow getting warm meals from the kitchen and commented that the camp appeared understaffed.
Expert Africa brought this to Hoanib Camps attention. They apologised for the issue with the slow puncture and agree that the tyre with the slow puncture should have been changed once it was noticed, and also say that the vehicle should have had two spare tyres. The camp pointed out that this was the first time they’d had any issues with their vehicles, which are relatively new and well maintained. They advised us that the camp team had a meeting regarding this isolated incident, to ensure that it doesn’t occur again.
They assured us that every vehicle would have two spare tyres, and that the jack was replaced and all jacks would be regularly checked. They also advised that each vehicle is fitted with a radio to remain in touch with the camp in case of emergencies. For longer excursions the guide will take a satellite phone for when he is out of radio range.
Hoanib was sorry to receive these guests’ comments regarding the camp manager and staff. They tell us that he has been a manager with Wilderness Safaris for many years, and has always received glowing feedback. However, the camp team has been advised of the feedback in order that it may assist them in their constant aim to offer great service.
"This was a stunning experience"
The camp staff and the guides were very good, and one (Gert we think) was outstanding. Once again they appeared to work well as a team and we were again impressed by the competence and confidence of young staff members. Our guide, Gert, drove a party of us down to the coast, to the seal colonies, the Park Ranger station and so, and then we got on a plane and flew back to the Skeleton Coast camp whilst Gert drove the four hours back - he then took us out for a walk in the camp vicinity, looking at what were probably strand loper/San encampments. It would be good if the camp developed more visits to nearby archeological sites as it shows how people managed to live in the desert for centuries.
Overall our experience here was really very good, with a surprisingly high level of good game sightings, including a large pride of adult female and young male lions on the plateau near the camp." See all these reviews: 28n in Namibia
"Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp review"
The communal areas of the camp are very comfortable and eating dinner in the open one night was delightful. The staff entertained us with singing and dancing after dinner which we loved (ask them to do the Toyota song!)
The staff here are very charming and helpful and fun to be with. Gert our guide was outstanding and we loved our time with him. He was very informative on animals and plants and the geology of the area.
The rooms seemed almost too modern and because we were told to keep windows closed at night you could have been sleeping in a good quality hotel anywhere. You don't have the experience of feeling you are part of the environment as you do in a tent or chalet. It was all very comfortable and good quality but lacked the charm of other Wilderness camps.
We really enjoyed the flights to and from Hoanib." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia; 2n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Hoanib Camp - Desert and Sea"
Wilderness have a good strategy for camp location and management and this camp reflects their approach. The rooms are not the 'traditional' chalets or tents, and are rather built as 'modern-eco' units i.e. you won't need air-con because the room design keeps it cool. That's not to say they aren't spacious and very comfortable.
The full water purifying system wasn't on line when we visited, so a lot of bottled water was being used - I trust this is now working, because trucked-in bottled water is just not a good thing.
If I've marked them down here, that's really only the starting up process. We had an excellent time - including a visit to the Skeleton Coast Museum. (Spoiler Alert)
It's one room full of the most amazing random stuff that washed/washes up on the shore..." See all these reviews: 13n in Namibia
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