Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the dry Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld.
The camp consists of seven large tents and one family unit, each comprising stylish en-suite bedrooms with shaded outdoor decks. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills, the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay.
7 Large Tents & 1 Family Unit
Open all year
Explorations of this isolated yet diverse area take place via game drives along the riverbed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted wildlife can be found: elephant, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok, with glimpses of lion and brown hyaena. The Skeleton Coast with its desolate rocky coastline, noisy colonies of Cape fur seals and remains of shipwrecks is accessed either by a fascinating drive or scenic flight, depending on the weather.
Desert adapted wildlife including: elephant, giraffe, gemsbok and springbok. More difficult to find would be lion and brown hyaena.
The intimate camp consists of five traditional-style tents. There is also the separate 2 bedroom Duba Plains Suite available for guests. All the rooms are raised on recycled railway sleeper decking and offer guests amazing views of the surrounding floodplain and the steady stream of wildlife parading past. Each tent has a lounge area, with place to write and do your photographic downloads, as well as the opportunity for private dining in your tent. Each offers a private verandah plus beautifully appointed en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double basins and indoor and outdoor showers and luxurious baths. Ceiling fans, an environmentally friendly air-conditioning system over the guests bed, and careful tent design maintain comfortable climate for rest and relaxation.
Guests will be able to enjoy their own private plunge pool and outdoor under cover sala/day rest area. The main area consists of a large raised dining room, and comfortable lounge with private dining areas, wine cellar and library, with ample space for our guests to either get away and be private or be all together if they want to. Guests staying at the Duba Plains Suite automatically enjoy the services of a private game drive vehicle with their own guide as well as a private butler and chef. The camp’s centre-point is the gathering place of all bush experiences – the fire place on an extended deck into the swamp.
5 bespoke tents, in addition to a separate 2 bedroom suite aptly named the Duba Plains Suite,
5 Tents & 1 Suite
Game drives (day & night) take place in some of Botswana’s best adapted vehicles
4×4 vehicles are open-sided, canopied and customised for photographers (fold-down screens, raised roofs, photographic bars, multi-plug inverters). Seating only four to six guests on each vehicle, the Cruisers are fully stocked with drinks and snacks. Because Duba focuses on photographic safaris each tent has the latest Canon camera and lenses as a package for guests to use or try out. Images are downloaded and presented to guests to take away at no additional charge.
Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences and intimate up close exposure to the best of the best wildlife, from lions and leopards to elephants and buffalo and everything in between. Duba Plains is also known for interesting Kalahari species like Aardwolf and Pangolins.
With an emphasis on safari rather than luxury, nThambo provides an intimate, game-centred experience, allowing guest focus to remain on the natural beauty of the area, without unnecessary distraction. 5 treehouse-style, elevated suites are constructed of wood, canvas and thatch, and each has its own verandah overlooking the plains. Solar lighting is used, rather than electricity.
There is an outdoor lounge and dining area, under thatch, that offers guests beautiful views of the plain and small waterhole in front of camp, as well as the Drakensberg Mountain range in the distance.
There is also a splash pool with decking area and small library area stocked with reading material.
Wholesome meals are served in a social dining area, or in the boma around a blazing fire.
Wooden tented cabins on stilts with verandahs at eye level with the trees
5 sleeping a maximum of 10 guests
Open all year
Eco friendly camp, using a gray water system, solar power and an in-house recycling programme
WiFi in lounge area
Fully stocked bar
Pedestal fans in each room
Air horns in each room in case of emergency