Creating a Desert Dream in the Hoanib Valley

This remarkable desert oasis was the perfect canvas for Tenthouse Structures to create the extraordinary. The camp has been widely celebrated, achieving numerous accolades since its establishment in 2015.

Nothing like a Skeleton Coast sunrise to warm the bones

Contending with Southern Africa’s harshest terrain

The remote location of Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, deep in Namibia’s Kaokoveld region, presents a unique set of challenges. Four hours from the nearest village, unforgiving terrain beset by rocky escarpments and rolling sand dunes finds you deep in the dry plains of the Hoanib River valley. Searing daytime temperatures of 50°C drop to a frosty 8°C at night. Frequent sandstorms and the threat of rainy-season flash floods were all factored into the remarkable custom-built tent design created by Tenthouse Structures for Wilderness Safaris.

Ultra-luxury accommodation in the desert

Each ingenious accommodation unit was set as a hybrid-pod structure with a protective, flexible membrane. Not only does it provide luxurious refuge from the elements but also award-winning contemporary design, keeping with the striking wilderness surrounds. To withstand the desert conditions over time with limited maintenance, the sustainable and economic design incorporates high-performance materials that were custom-engineered by Tenthouse Structures’ integrated team. Lightweight materials allowed for easy transportation, permitting rapid and cost-effective construction.

Sustainable engineering and a conservation-first approach gave us the opportunity to transfer skills to the local community and custodians of the Koakoveld.

Design imitating nature on the Skeleton Coast.

Hybrid design technology

Tenthouse Structures’ integrated team specialise in the design, supply and supervision of luxury wilderness habitats.

Whether you invest in a single luxury tent structure or appoint us as chief designers on a greenfield project, our strength is in understanding our client’s needs – each project is personal.