Natural Selection expands into Namibia

Natural Selection will open Hoanib Valley Camp in the Kaokoland in northwest Namibia in May 2018. The camp is a joint venture between Natural Selection, the local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Located in the Sesfontein Community Conservancy, the camps sites on the banks of the Obias River, just outside the 500sqkm Palmwag Concession and overlooks the Hoanib River. From camp, guests can track desert-adapted lion, elephant and black rhino, enjoy cultural experiences and discover more about desert-adapted giraffe which are the focus of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s work in Hoanib.

The six guest tents will be on raised decks comprising of bamboo and 70% recycled material and will feature locally sourced décor from Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers and basket weavers via the Omba project in Windhoek. The camp will be entirely solar-powered to ensure carbon emissions are kept to a minimum and grey water will be properly treated and all rubbish separated and recycled where possible.

Guests will have an opportunity to meet a researcher from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which began pioneering genetic work that revealed four distinct species of giraffe across Africa instead of what were formerly thought to be sub-species. For those interested in a deeper experience, they can spend time in the field with the team for a donation of US$500. In the Hoanib area, the Giraffe Conservation Foundaction is investigating the population dynamics and social structure of this unusual desert-dwelling population. Natural Selection donates 1.5% of its gross revenue to conservation, and the GCF is one of the partners who receives funds.

Dave van Smeerdijk, co-founder of Natural Selection says, “I started building camps in Namibia in 1999 and I am thrilled to be building a responsible business again in Namibia. We believe our camp cannot just deliver an outstanding safari experience, but also make a meaningful contribution to the conservation agenda via our partnerships with the local communities, government and local conservation organisations.”

Rates at Hoanib Valley Camp start at NAD$8 000pppn, inclusive of accommodation, all meals, daily activities and local drinks. The camp will be accessible both by road and air.