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is located in the Damaraland North
area in the Northwest
region of Namibia
The remote and inaccessible Hoanib Valley an area of remarkable and atmospheric desert landscapes, centred on the ephemeral Hoanib River, whose canyon dramatically cuts a path through ranges of granite hills before passing underneath an enormous dune sea on the way to the coast. Although this river only tends to flow quite rarely, the sub-surface water encourages significant flora to exist along its course which, along with the occasional waterhole, manages to sustain an unusual range of desert wildlife.
The wildlife viewing in this area is as good as any in the country, bearing in mind that locations such as Etosha are fenced and therefore not wild. The area is perhaps best know for its populations of desert elephants and lions, but there is much more besides, including oryx, giraffes, springboks, ostriches and kudus, as well as more elusive predators such as brown and spotted hyenas, jackals, leopards and even caracals.
When you see those fabulous BBC Wildlife documentaries about desert elephants, lions and giraffes, this is where most of them were filmed.
Set close to the Hoanib River itself, Hoanib Bivouac is a simple mobile tented camp which can feature in private guided overland safari through the region.
Activities include vehicle safari in search of fabulous scenery and desert wildlife, including those famous elephants.