Just seven twin-bedded tents and one family unit with en-suite bathrooms look out over rugged scenery.
The 450 000-hectare (1 111 935-acre) Palmwag Concession is made up of rolling, rocky hills, flat-topped mountains with scattered euphorbia, and stark plains with ancient welwitschia plants, scrubby vegetation and isolated clumps of trees. The conservancy supports the largest free-roaming population of desert- adapted black rhino in Africa as well as a healthy number of desert-adapted elephant. Thanks to the freshwater springs in the area there is a surprising amount of life here: Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok and kudu, as well as lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena. Birdlife is equally varied including endemics like Bokmakierie and Rüppell’s Korhaan. Palmwag holds the core of the rarely seen desert-adapted lion population of north-west Namibia.
Located in the most remote part of the Kaokoveld – a land of mountains, vast plains, and dry riverbeds inhabited by fascinating wildlife – Hoanib Lüderitz Skeleton Coast lies on the transient Hoanib River.
The area is explored by vehicle, on foot and in the air (weather permitting), with game drives discovering the wealth of desert-adapted life: elephant, giraffe and antelope followed by lion, leopard and cheetah. Guests can unravel the enigmatic history of the original Strandlopers (“Beachcombers”), their stone circles lying in hidden valleys, marvel at the ancient welwitschia plant, follow the great herds and savour landscapes that unfold untouched for hundreds of kilometres. Further afield, guests can visit oases and even the seal colonies on the coast itself (weather dependent).
The Kunene Region, formerly known as the Kaokoveld, is situated in north-west Namibia. It is one of the harshest environments on the planet, with endless vistas across stark plains, ancient valleys, rugged peaks and desolate coastline. The ephemeral rivers that bisect it form linear oases as they meander their way west towards the sea. The vegetation that fringes their courses provides sustenance to a diverse array of superbly adapted desert wildlife like black rhino, elephant, springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. The most reliable source of water here is the fog created when the icy Atlantic waters meet the warm air of the coast.