SKELETON COAST / NAMIB DESERT
The extremely remote north-west of Namibia, formerly known as the Kaokoveld, is a study of life in extremes. On the surface, endless vistas across ‘fairy circle’-covered plains, ancient valleys, rugged peaks and desolate coastlines suggest one of the harshest environments on the planet. While this may be so, there is more here than at first meets the eye.
The most reliable, if minimalist, source of water for much of this area is the famous Namibian coastal fog. With its help, somehow life thrives here: mega-fauna such as desert-adapted elephant and giraffe, large mammals like Hartmann’s zebra and gemsbok, and, surprisingly, a growing population of lion. Even nomadic tribal people exploit a niche in the world’s oldest desert. The ochre-daubed Himba, their unusual and distinctive dress and intricate hairstyles identifying them as traditionalists, cling steadfastly to a long-established way of life. Visually it is perhaps the coast itself that is the most dramatic feature of this landscape. The shoreline is bleak, strewn with whalebones and shipwrecks; it is no wonder that it is called the Skeleton Coast. Here too can be found some of the largest seal colonies in the world, these ‘pantries’ attracting beachcombing carnivores such as the shy brown hyaena and the trotting blackbacked
Serra Cafema is set on the banks of the perennial Kunene River, the only permanent source of water in the region and a surprising oasis in an apparently barren landscape. A surreal experience, the rapids just below camp lull one to sleep after a day exploring one of the driest places in the world. Elevated to look out over the river, the elegant structures of wood, canvas and thatch celebrate raw nature, sustainable luxury and complete comfort, the unadorned desert reflected in dramatic, clean lines. The décor pays homage to the Himba people who call this unique locale home.
In this isolated area, the Himba people continue their traditional semi-nomadic way of life and guests have an opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and customs. Wildlife such as gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and Hartmann’s mountain zebra eke out an existence, while the Kunene River harbours Nile crocodile and vibrant birdlife. The
otherworldly fairy circle phenomenon is best viewed in the Hartmann’s Valley.
The accommodation is set out as 8 Villas (including 1 Family Tent) with an expansive canvas and thatch, en-suite bathroom, elevated deck, and one honeymoon villa.
- Nature drives
- Eco-sensitive quad-bike excursions
- Boating (seasonal)
- Respectful visit to the Himba community (dependent on their presence) “Rates are subject to change and availability”
|Period||Single Supplement||Per Person|
|11 January – 31 March 2017||ZAR 3265.00||ZAR 7355.00|
|1 April – 31 May 2017||ZAR 3745.00||ZAR 8445.00|
|01 June – 31 October 2017||ZAR 3750.00||ZAR 12570.00|
|1 November – 19 December 2017||ZAR 3390.00||ZAR 10055.00|
Hoanib Skeleton Coast
The new camp is located on the Hoanib River, the private concession straddling the Palmwag area and Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld. The Kaokoveld is a land of rugged scenery, a rugged and historic coastline, mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by incredible desert-adapted plant and animal life. Despite the arid environs, one of the greatest concentrations of desert elephant and lion can be found within this extraordinary area – along with sightings of giraffe, antelope, black rhino, leopard and cheetah.
Exploring the territory on foot, by vehicle, in hides, and by air, small groups led by expert safari guides can look forward to unravelling the enigmatic history of the original Strandlopers (“Beachcombers”), their stone circles lying in hidden valleys, marvelling at the ancient Welwitschia plant, following herds and other wildlife, and savouring endless coastlines and landscapes unfolding untouched for hundreds of kilometres.
For the first time, forays into the Hoanib floodplains (previously restricted inside the Skeleton Coast National Park) can be undertaken; this includes the strange upwelling of fresh water at a series of oases in the middle of the shifting Namib Desert.
This exclusive camp, comprising eight units (including one family unit), will be a Classic Camp with all the attendant luxuries and amenities, and is expected to be ready in July 2013, with departures offered on an easy-to-sell daily basis. Along with a dedicated new airfield in the vicinity granting improved access, we look forward to doing this magnificent landscape justice using low-impact design that is sensitive to the fragile desert environment.
“Rates are subject to change and availability”
|Period||Single Supplement||Per Person|
|11 January – 31 March 2017||ZAR 2220.00||ZAR 9470.00|
|01 April – 31 May 2017||ZAR 2220.00||ZAR 9470.00|
|01 June – 31 October 2017||ZAR 3295.00||ZAR 13055.00|
|01 November – 19 December 2017||ZAR 2220.00||ZAR 9470.00|
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