Hoanib Valley Camp


Where the elephant roam

In a country jam-packed with vast spectacularly beautiful landscapes, Kaokoland may just be the most incredible of them all. Furthermore deep in north-western Namibia, the area is a melee of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert. While scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. It’s also one of Namibia’s most remote and wild environments, and one that not many will get the chance to discover in a lifetime.

And that’s exactly why we’ve decided to build Hoanib Valley Camp. A joint venture between the local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. While being the world’s only Africa-wide giraffe conservation organisation. In addition the camp is an elegant, intimate affair that immerses you into the wilds of the desert. Similarly the six rooms blend seamlessly with the environment, offering a simple aesthetic that matches the rugged landscape down to a tee. Days are spent tracking endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and of course desert-adapted giraffe, before retiring to your private veranda to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings (G&T in hand).


  • Game drives to track desert adapted lion, elephant and giraffe.
  • Nature walks.
  • Rhino tracking.
  • Cultural experiences with local Herero people.
  • Learn more about the giraffe research happening in the area (please contact us for more information on project funding).


Hoanib Valley’s six guest tents blend almost perfectly into the rugged environment. The colours, textures and patterns are inspired by the experience of the Hoanib; the rich ochre of the dunes, the geometric patterns of the Himba people and, of course, the giraffe that inspired the project. True to the ethos of Natural Selection, we’ve sourced materials locally, whereby you’ll find furniture shaped by the local Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers, as well as baskets weaved by the people of the Omba Project in Windhoek. While the whole camp leaves virtually no footprint on this fragile eco-system. In addition it is entirely solar powered to ensure carbon emissions are kept to a minimum, and the tents sit on decks made of a wood, bamboo and 70% recycled-material composite.


  • 6 tents: 5 twins, 1 family
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers
  • Wifi available: Yes
  • Hairdryers: No
  • Battery charging facilities: In the mess tent & in room
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: We welcome children of all ages.
  • Disabled access: Please enquire with reservations



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