Where elephants roam
Hoanib Vally Camp is a joint venture between the local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the world’s only Africa-wide giraffe conservation organisation. The six guest tents blend seamlessly into their rugged environment with colours, textures and patterns inspired by the rich ochre of the dunes and the geometric patterns of the Himba. A central mess tent provides relaxed lounge areas and dining space while a campfire area draws people together in the evenings. All building materials were locally sourced and you’ll find furniture shaped by local Rundu carpenters, work by Himba carvers and baskets weaved by the people of the Omba Project in Windhoek. The whole camp is built to the highest green standards being entirely solar powered, and constructed using recycled-material composite materials.
Activities centre around the area’s wildlife with game drives and nature walking taking place twice daily to track desert adapted lion, elephant and giraffe. Specialist rhino tracking is also possible and those wishing to interact with the locals might like to meet the Herero people for an authentic cultural experience. If you are interested in giraffe conservation you can meet researchers and learn more about the critical research projects happening in the area in collaboration with and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
A stay at Hoanib Valley camp combines fantastic wildlife, stunning scenery and strong ethics providing a perfectly rounded Namibian safari experience.
Hoanib Valley Camp is a joint venture with the local community and with the NGO the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF). GCF are the longest running giraffe conservation charity in Africa and are the leaders in cutting edge giraffe research. In Hoanib, their research not only focuses on the desert-adapted giraffe in the area, but also helps to monitor elephant and general game.
Very few people realise the giraffe are endangered and they are often over-shadowed by high profile species such as rhino and elephant. Through their genetic work, Dr. Fennessy and the GCF have discovered four distinct species of giraffe across Africa, instead of what was formally thought to be sub-species – crucial information concerning the future of giraffe populations across the continent. 1.5% of the camp’s gross revenue is given to conservation, and the GCF is one of the partners who receives funds.
You will love
Strong community & conservation principles
Frequent lion & elephant sightings
Meet the researchers of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation
Styled with local furniture & handicrafts
Exellent and wonderful, reaching way above expectations.Elizabeth Mackintosh
Julia you did a fantastic job - everything was first class. Well organised, efficient and stress free. We all agreed it was the best holiday we've ever had. Cant wait to travel with CSC again.Milford family
We are so happy we put our trust in CSC, we had an amazing adventure and would recommend them to anyone.Kim & Brad Balance
The trip exceeded my expectations and was the best family holiday I have ever had. Our children simply loved it and now I know more about African wildlife than they do about our own farm animals.Rowntree family
Classic Safari are the people who genuinely know other culture and offer incredible insight to perfectly meet your expectations.Melanie McMillan & Iain Jones
We loved it all. Our son wants to go back tomorrow. We would ALL go back again!Laurence & Remi Cunningham
An amazing experience - the best family holiday we have ever had. We were extremely impressed by the meticulous attention to our itinerary. I can't speak highly enough of all the elements of this exciting journey!Sheryl & Robert Taylor
Thank you for making our trip to Africa so spectacular. The attention to detail really made it special. It was the trip of a lifetime for our family together.Sarah & Paul Cozzi
Very knowledgeable and patient. Our trip was all that we hoped for. Wonderful!Jane & Robert Happell
Everything was perfect! Advice and information on destinations and activities hit everything I had hoped to experience. I contacted the Classic Safari Company upon recommendation and have now, in turn, recommended to others.Tim Bradley
You can't improve on perfection. I had my best birthday and holiday with my family celebrating my 80th birthday in Africa. Everything that Julia organised was perfect and the whole trip was a highlight!Buckingham Family
The trip of a lifetime, couldn't have dreamt of a better adventure if I tried.Emma Jeffcoat
Absolutely everything was first class & so well organised.Simon & Jackie Adams
Classic Safari Company has done it again! A unique experience that ticked all the boxes - wildlife, culture and dining experience. A dream come true!Ros Wheeler
Their experience and knowledge of Africa is evident and we couldn't have been happier with the total package. This has given us a taste for Africa - now we are ready for more.Andrew & Pip Stevens
If you want the most sensational experience in Africa let Julia and the staff at Classic Safari Co plan it for you! Their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for their job means your every wish will be fulfilled.Miriam & Joseph Harrison
Classic Safari is the place to go to for "top end" adventure travel.Ron & Alison Guthrie
Classic Safari Company were brilliant - 10/10Di & Kingsley Yates
The Classic Safari Company is the best I have dealt with. Extremely knowledgeable & professional, friendly, patient & understanding of first timers to Africa.Annette Whiley
It certainly was the best trip we have EVER had. The experiences were mind blowing. We want everyone we know to experience Africa - the animals, the people - magical.Jo-anne & Dean Mifsud
Would do it all again and not change a moment. Best holiday ever!The McGowan Tribe
An absolutely fantastic travel company - every one of the many trips they have organised for us over 22 years have been faultless and fabulous.Judith & Roger Williams