Hoanib Valley Camp

Experience a truly luxurious immersion into the wild Namibian desert at the brand new Hoanib Valley Camp. Opening in June 2018, this intimate and isolated lodge offers just 6 guest tents and is surrounded by the towering mountains and sand dunes of Kaokoland, northwest Namibia. These vast landscapes are home to unique desert-adapted wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements, providing the opportunity for a wealth of fascinating encounters during your stay.

The property is located on the banks of the Obias River in the Sesfontein Community Conservancy, overlooking the Hoanib River Valley. During the course of the year the landscape changes dramatically – you may find a river flowing through grassy, springbok-dotted plains, or dry sandy riverbeds being explored by resident elephant or giraffe. Your local guide will explain the survival techniques of wildlife living in this arid landscape, and with luck you may spot the unique desert-adapted elephant, desert-adapted giraffe, and even desert lion as you track wildlife on a game drive. This region is also home to large populations of black rhino, as well as zebra, klipspringer and kudu. Overhead, Monteiro’s hornbills and Ruppell’s korhaans circle in the valleys, whilst the imperious Verreaux’s eagle soars through the mountains.

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Hoanib Valley Camp has been carefully designed to reflect its natural surroundings, with each of the guest tents (5 twin and 1 family) decorated in an ochre-toned palette and featuring the geometric patterns of the Himba people. Local Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers have created the furniture, whilst baskets are weaved Windhoek’s Omba Project. Each tent is en-suite, complete with indoor and outdoor showers and is raised on its own private deck made from a wood, bamboo and 70% recycled-material composite. The main communal area is also under canvas, featuring a dining area, small bar and communal lounge. Magnificent views during the day time are replaced by a dazzling display of stars after dark, with the fire pit the ideal place at which to end the day’s adventures with fellow-guests.

A strong commitment to sustainability is in evidence throughout and the camp is fully solar powered. It has been created as a joint venture between the local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), the longest running giraffe conservation charity in Africa. GCF carry out extensive research into giraffes across Africa, and in this region focus not only on the desert-adapted giraffe, but also help to monitor elephant and other wildlife. During your stay at Hoanib Valley Camp you can meet researchers and learn more about the plight of the giraffe, an endangered species often overlooked. For a donation of US$500 you can also spend time in the field alongside the research team.

Additional activities available from the camp include guided nature walks, game drives into the Skeleton Coast National Park, rhino tracking and cultural experiences with the Himba and Herero people.


  • 6 guest tents (5 twin, 1 family)
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor & outdoor shower
  • Wifi
  • Battery charging facilities
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Games drives and nature walks
  • Cultural experiences with both the Himba and Herero people
  • Visits to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation field-base

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Optional Activities

A variety of optional activities are available, including the following:

Game drives
Explore dry riverbeds in search of desert-adapted wildlife including giraffe, elephant and lion, or track the endangered black rhino. Along the way you may also see zebra, kudu, steenbok, springbox, oryx and more.

Nature walks
Guided nature walks offer the chance to uncover small desert-dwelling creatures and the fascinating plant life that thrives in this harsh landscape.

Skeleton Coast excursion 
Take a 4WD excursion to the iconic Skeleton Coast; endless stretches of beach backed by dunes reveal colonies of Cape fur seals and the haunting remains of shipwrecks. 

Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF)
Meet the researchers at GCF’s field base and learn about the critical work they are doing to protect the region’s desert-adapted giraffes.

Cultural encounters
Visit local settlements to meet the indigenous Himba and Herero people as they go about their daily lives.


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