Kunene

East of the famous Skeleton Coast – an area named for its sun-bleached whale and seal bones – lies one of the most scenic areas in all of Namibia, the rugged Kunene (formerly Kaokoland). Covering some 50 000km2 stretching from the Kunene to the Hoanib River, the Kunene region is the traditional land of the distinctive Himba ethic group and the uniquely adapted desert-dwelling elephants of Namibia.

Known for its stark, mountainous landscape, the Kunene region offers almost unrivalled tranquility under the full starlit canopy of the African sky. With practically no inhabitants as far as the eye can see, your only neighbors will be the scattered populations of desert elephants, rhinos, giraffes, mountain zebras and gemsboks. For bird enthusiasts, the tropical belt of vegetation along the Kunene River is home to two of southern Africa’s rarest birds – the rufous-tailed palm thrush and the Cinderella waxbill.

Natural attractions in the area include the beautiful Epupa and Ruacana waterfalls, and the Ondorusu and Enyandi rapids. However a visit to the region would not be complete though without a visit to the Himba people, the last nomadic tribe in Nambia. Known as much for their beehive huts and distinctive appearance as for their hospitality and friendly spirit, the Himba people provide fascinating insight into how simple and peaceful life could be.

With its union of the cold Atlantic currents and the warm desert air, the Kunene region is one of the most distinctive in Africa. Offering tranquil desert serenity and the true chance to ‘get away from it all’, our consultants can personally vouch for the mental rejuvenation to be found in this remote corner of Namibia. With accommodation choices including the Kavita Lion Lodge, the Palmwag Lodge and the (extremely) luxurious fly-in Serra Cafema Camp on the banks of the river, there is sure to be one that meets all your requirements and more.

 

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Serra Cafema Camp

Serra Cafema Camp

An oasis in a breathtakingly beautiful wilderness, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote luxury camps in Southern Africa. Shaded by Albida trees on the each of the Kunene River, it is surrounded by the dry and dramatic desert landscapes of Namibia’s northern border and is one of the few places on earth that you really are away from it all. A three hour flight in a light aircraft followed by an hour drive to the camp offers awe-inspiring views of the spectacular other-worldly scenery with glimpses of the wildlife that has adapted to this harsh environment.

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Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

The wilds of Namibia with its dry desert plains and dramatic mountain ranges is the setting for Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, which perches above the seasonal Hoarusib River in total tranquillity and surprising luxury. The airstrip close to the remote lodge is a 2 ½ hour light aircraft flight from Windhoek, or the intrepid can arrive by 4×4 as part of a Namibian adventure.

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Okahirongo River Camp

Okahirongo River Camp

A welcoming eco-friendly lodge in the most remote corner of Namibia’s desert wilderness, Okahirongo River Camp provides a luxury refuge in a land of stark and dramatic beauty. Set on the banks of the Kunene River in the Marienfluss valley on the border with Angola, the river fringe of lush vegetation contrasts with the dry plains, dunes and mountains of this spectacular landscape.

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