Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Reviews of Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Excellent(99%) From 33 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 33 of our travellers who have visited Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr R & Ms L from UK
Arrived on: 14-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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This was a stunning experience

As suggested by friends who had been previously and by Expert Africa, going to the Skeleton Coast was a brilliant experience and the camp itself is very in tune with the location, comfortable - if not luxurious and the staff very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. We particularly liked the fact that the modern design and decor, as the standard decor for most lodges tends towards what could be described as Bulawayo Safari Club, circa 1927.

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.

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Mr & Mrs V from Surrey
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp review

An interesting place.

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.

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Mr & Mrs T from Oxon
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Hoanib Camp - Desert and Sea

This camp was so new the paint had hardly dried! And for such a new camp the presentation was awesome. (The team managing when we were there included some of the staff from Serra Cafema - great to meet them again!) We loved the drive out to the ocean - I will never get enough of the singing sands! - and the short walk was also excellent.

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...

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