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Skeleton Coast / Kaokoland

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The Lodges

A handful of Skeleton Coast lodges

There are only a handful of Skeleton Coast lodges, an unsurprising fact given the harsh and uncompromising nature of the region. But our accommodation choices sit in prime positions, havens of serenity and comfort in a true wilderness. You’ll be assured of comfortable living quarters with en suite bathroom facilities and home-cooked cuisine.

Activities at the lodges are varied: you’ll head out on nature drives and walks with expert guides, and can enjoy archaeological tours and tours through the night time sky. There are rare birds to search for and amazing photographic opportunities at every turn.

Browse our recommended Skeleton Coast lodges below or simply contact us for advice on suitable accommodation for your needs and budget.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
In Short: Striking deluxe camp in breathtaking setting
Location: Hoanib River, Palmwag /Skeleton Coast NP, Namibia
Contemporary design & strict eco-principles make this tented masterpiece a sparkling gem in one of Namibia’s most remote settings. Search for elephant, rhino & lion & visit the dramatic, storm-battered coastline on drives with expert guides.
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USD 550p/p sharing
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Serra Cafema Camp
Serra Cafema Camp
In Short: The original oasis in the wild Kaokoveld
Location: Kunene River, Kaokoland, Namibia
Set on the Kunene River, this extraordinary lodge is surrounded by lush greenery & birdsong while the lunar-like desert shimmers on both sides. Look forward to surreal scenery; drives, walks & boating; interaction with local Himba communities & staggering starry nights.
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USD 470p/p sharing
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Okahirongo River Camp
Okahirongo River Camp
In Short: Great for activities plus family chalet
Location: Kunene River, Kaokoland, Namibia
Overlooking the Kunene River in Kaokoland, this clean-lined, 6-chalet lodge is packed with things to do: game drives, hikes & easy walks, river cruises, fishing & birding. It’s also a good place from which to meet the local Himba people.
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USD 318p/p sharing
Okaharingo Elephant Lodge
Okaharingo Elephant Lodge
In Short: Set at the heart of desert elephant country
Location: Purros Conservancy, Kaokoland, Namibia
Heavyweight game viewing is what this romantic Kaokoland lodge aims to deliver: you’ll enjoy game drives in search for elephants, rhino & lions. Back at camp, your suite comes with a private gazebo & day bed plus bathroom with an unfettered desert view.
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USD 318p/p sharing
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What To Do

Activities to Look Forward to

1. Walk the Coast

It’s usually sunny & the ocean is blue but thumping surf & icy water tells you that the Skeleton Coast is best walked! There’s stunning scenery, dramatic seal colonies & the occasional hulk of a shipwreck.

2. Meet the Himba

The ochre-painted Himba people are the masters of the Kaokoveld but are a fast-vanishing culture – travel with your guide to meet them in their local communities for an unforgettable encounter.

3. Retreat to the River

The green-fringed Kunene River lies like an oasis in the far northern Kaokoveld attracting birds & animals; stay at Serra Cafema Camp & explore this natural wonderland by 4X4, boat & on foot.

4. Look for Wildlife

Whether it’s lurking brown hyenas at seal colonies, desert antelope in the dunes or nocturnal predators seen on a night drive, there’s more wildlife in these stark regions than you might think.

5. Go Bird Watching

Despite its harsh appearance, the Skeleton Coast is home to over 250 bird species but you’ll have to travel to Serra Cafema in the Kaokoveld for Southern Africa’s rarest bird – the Cinderella Waxbill.

6. Tour the Cosmos

The night skies above the Skeleton Coast & Kaokoveld are some of the clearest & most star-filled you’re likely to see: sit back after supper & take a guided tour around the heavens.

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