Hoanib Skeleton Coast Fly–In Safari

4 Day Fly-In Safari

Safari Description:

The Skeleton Coast in Namibia stretches from the borders of Angola in the north, down to the south of the country and conjures up mysterious visions of mist–enshrouded beaches. This Namibian fly–in safari bases itself around the beautiful and remote pristine landscapes of the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp and access is by small plane. We recommend a 3–4night stay to fully appreciate what’s on offer.   A luxury camp located on the Hoanib River bed where desert elephants and lion freely roam. Can be enjoyed as a stand–alone trip for African enthusiasts on limited time, or added to a tour of the country – ideally at the end! A true journey of discovery in a highly–protected region

Safari Highlights:

Remote and desolate coastline of Skeleton Coast and tour of Mowe Bay museum; Luxury Hoanib Camp; explore fresh–water desert oasis surrounded by towering dunes; nature walks and game drives for predators and desert elephants; interaction with specialist wildlife researchers.

Main Attractions:

Namibia: Skeleton Coast, Damaraland

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1–3 Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Day 4  Return to Windhoek or Doro Nawas Damaraland

Map & Itinerary
Length 4 days
Safari Type Fly-In Safari
Price From NAD 71065
Countries Namibia
Accommodation Luxury
Group Size Minimum 2 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Children may have restrictions on activities
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Luxury Comfort4 Star5 Star

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1–3 Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

From Windhoek International Airport, fly north via Doro Nawas to the remote and exclusive Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, where 8 large en–suite tents overlook rugged desert scenery close to the normally dry Hoanib River. The camp acts as a base from where you’ll head out and explore this isolated but diverse area – watch out for desert–adapted elephant, perhaps lion and brown hyena along with giraffe, oryx and springbok. The camp offers a range of activities (all shared with other guests and arranged once at camp to suit your interests), whether you choose to join a game drive, or nature walk to get up close with smaller creatures and fascinating plant life and to understand the desert. We highly recommend a day trip to the coast taking in the wilderness and wildlife along the floodplains and dune fields to the pounding ocean visiting a seal colony and of shipwrecks – after remains all this is what you’ve come here to see! Other activities include visiting oases to see animals come to drink the refreshing water set in the heart of surrounding dunes. You can also meet with local researchers including work carried out on desert–adapted lions who survive in this incredibly tough environment and find out what is being done to help protect them. There is a surprising variety of activities offering clients an insight to this remarkable and pristine region where visitor numbers are naturally restricted and conservation of the land, animals and local communities in nearby conservations is paramount.

Day 4 Windhoek or Doro Nawas (Damaraland)

Take a mid–morning flight back to Windhoek arriving at the international airport for 14h00. Note; the Skeleton Coast is not for everyone, it is exclusive, remote and harsh and most visitors that give enthusiastic feedback are seasoned safari visitors – it is not geared for large game sightings.

How we rate our safaris

Namibia, Botswana and some other African destinations do not have a set star system that is familiar worldwide to many countries, however, as this is widely used, we have tried to replicate this format to give you an idea of the level of comfort during your safari. For example, a mobile camping tour in Namibia is given 1* and luxury accommodation increasing to 5*. Depending on your tour, there may be a bit of a mix of levels of comfort so please check if you are not sure.

1* or 1–2* Rated Safaris – Camping tours:

These are generally scheduled/small group or self–drive safaris (though a private–guided safari can also fall into this category if you wish to camp); the scheduled trips generally involve client participation where you may be expected to put up/take down your tent and assist with camp chores, dome tents and a ground mattress is supplied. For self–drive options this will often mean roof tents on the vehicle and all camping equipment. There may be the occasional night in simple accommodation but majority of nights are spent camping and most camp sites will have shared ablution facilities. If there is a good mix of both camping and accommodation, this may be rated at 1&2*. These are the most basic level of safaris offered and scheduled safari group sizes vary according to the trip and company – 1* tours are the most affordable option and geared for adventurous travellers who do not mind a bit of discomfort.

Accommodated Safaris

Standard/Mid–range safaris 2–3.5*

Standard accommodation style trips generally have no camping included (though on occasion with a specific activity such as a Delta or Serengeti excursion, or perhaps hiking, a couple of nights may be included). As a general rule this is not the case. With most small group/scheduled tours accommodation is generally 2/3* level – clean and affordable but generally without too many frills; rooms will have en–suite facilities, most will offer air con/fans in the rooms, swimming pools etc (not guaranteed), restaurant/bar facilities, though location can be a little further away from main place of interest this option offers excellent value for money for those seeking a bed each night! We try to indicate on each trip the level of comfort for the particular tour

Superior/Luxury Safaris 3.5–5*

A superior style of accommodation. Most lodges at this level will have air–conditioning or fans in the room though some accommodation establishments are technically “camps” as they may be partially build of canvas – these “camps” are permanent fixtures, generally built on a platform, and will have full and comfortable facilities – the occasional trip may have a more basic night or two involved depending on location to ensure clients can fully appreciate the region they are experiencing. Service is generally very good and most places (outside of towns/cities) will have just a few rooms/chalets. Tours in this bracket include very small group safaris (up to 8 clients), self–drive and private–guided options which are tailored to suit you. The luxury options offer a high standard of accommodation, facilities and service in the region with attention to detail – some “camps” /lodges will have private guides and vehicles, but all accommodation is the best available with personalized service and a quality or unique experience perhaps unavailable elsewhere or in a more moderate price bracket. Tours include fly–in safaris, self–drive and private–guided options.

Please note: this is a guideline only and each destination can vary – some areas in Southern Africa do not always have 5* accommodation (there are limited hotels outside of cities that have the same * grading accommodation) but will be best in the area, have limited volume of rooms and some of the best locations and experiences for clients that is outside of the normal “tourist/travel” route. This can include exclusive conservation regions and emphasis is place on clients having a unique experience rather than offering hairdresser type of facilities that may be found is hotels in cities in other countries. Please also remember that some of these locations can be remote so wifi may not always be available, nor a huge menu range.

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7 Voigt St,  Windhoek