One of the last remaining wilderness areas in Namibia, Kaokoland is home to the semi nomadic Himba tribe who still maintain their traditional ways and mostly remain isolated from the modern world.
The Himba wear little clothing and the women are famous for covering themselves in a mixture of butter fat and ochre giving them a distinctly red, earthly look.
The women are intrigued by beuaty and braid each others hair covering it in the ochre mix.
Visits to Himba settlements can be arranged for you.
Other attractions in Kaokoland include:-
Epupa Falls: A small waterfall on the Kunene River bordering Angola. Although not a particularly large waterfall Epupa Falls is extremely scenic and a wonderful destination to visit.
Marienfluss Valley : The Marienfluss Valley is beautiful and has such breathe taking views of green valleys; it is also right next to the Hartmann Valley. There are also different types of animals. Such as rare desert dwelling elephants, black rhinos and giraffes. 4x4 vehicles are recommend for this area.
Hoanib Valley Camp
This area is one of the best places to see desert adapted elephant, giraffe, lion, rhino, mountain zebra, and oryx.
Hoanib Valley’s six guest tents blend almost perfectly into the rugged environment. The colours, textures and patterns are inspired by the experience of the Hoanib; the rich ochre of the dunes, the geometric patterns of the Himba people and, of course, the giraffe that inspired the project.
The whole camp is a clean and green sort of place, leaving virtually no footprint on this fragile eco-system. It’s entirely solar powered to ensure carbon emissions are kept to a minimum, and the tents sit on decks made of a wood, bamboo and 70% recycled-material composite.
Omarunga Epupa Falls Camp
Two hundred metres upstream from the cascading falls, Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp is a cosy thatched lodge on the riverbank set under the palms.
The lodge comprises 14 en-suite rooms including a family room.
The main area houses the restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
Visits to the local Himba settlements can be organised.
Camping is available.
Wolwedans Dune Camp
Kapika Waterfall Lodge offers access to this region with 10 luxury chalets, pool, and restaurant.
The lodge offers an open restaurant and bar for your comfort and relaxation.
The beer is always ice cold, the atmosphere always happy and relaxed
Relax at the pool
Sunbathe while enjoying the magnitude of the mighty Kunene River.
Activities from the lodge include Himba settlement excursions, scenic drives and walks, birdwatching and river rafting.
Epupa Camp is situated on the southern bank of the Kunene River, from which the Kunene Region in the northwest of Namibia, takes its name.
Epupa Camp offers three kinds of accommodation, namely tented rooms, self-catering tented-campsites and traditional campsites.
The ten comfortable safari-style tents consist of eight twin tented rooms, one honeymoon tented room with a queen-sized bed and a four-bed family tented room, all with en suite bathrooms. The tents have electrical lights and mosquito netting at the windows and doors. Shaded patios in front of the tents overlook the Kunene River on its flow to the Atlantic Ocean.
Apart from a private island and swimming pool with a river view, the facilities include an outdoor bar with free wifi, lounge with small library and dining room.
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge
Perched on a hill above the banks of the ephemeral Hoarusib River, the Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is possibly one of the most remote lodges in Namibia. If you make it here, you will be rewarded with a genuine safari experience. The lodge will dazzle your senses with its mix of stylish tranquility, eccentric architecture, ultimate comfort and excellent service. An oasis of luxury in the middle of the desert.
Seven independent chalets, two with wide, three-quarter, twin beds and five with double king-size beds, each one with its private bathroom with double basins, inside and outdoor showers, bathtub and something no one else can spoil you with, an astonishing view of the oldest desert of the world.
Okahirongo River Camp
Okahirongo River Camp is an eco-friendly luxury tented lodge built on a sweeping ridge and opening up to breathtaking views of the Kunene River. The central area, constructed above the rapids, comprises two lounges, a library and dining room, decked out in African elegance. The turquoise waters of the swimming pool spell out refreshment from the desert heat and the spacious sundeck invites sunbathing or simply delighting in the exotic grandeur of the natural surroundings.
Cleverly built into the rocky terrain all the accommodation are constructed with wood and canvas, walls in concrete to recall the mountains around. Each have a magnificent view of their own.
70 square meters cottages with private bathroom and a spacious private deck. The interiors have been furnished with a minimalist African chic unique atmosphere
Set under trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa.
Guests can truly disconnect, unwind and relax to the sound of rushing water, and explore one of the driest deserts in the world.
Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating nature walks, boating (water levels permitting) and low-impact eco-sensitive guided quad-bike excursions complete the experience.
The eight chalets are set on elevated decks and crafted in wood, canvas and thatch to create a unique camp that is at one with its surroundings and celebrates the culture of the Himba people.
The Ozonganda (Herero, meaning “main area”) affords spectacular views over the Kunene River.
Opuwo Country Lodge
Opuwo is the gateway to Koakoland, the small town of Opuwo is the administrative hub of the Kunene Region.
Opuwo Country Hotel is situated on a hilltop just outside of town providing luxury and standard accommodation with air conditioning, swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and camping site, your ideal base from where to explore Kaokoland.
The lodge is within easy reach of Kaoko-Otavi, Epupa Falls and Swartbooisdrift.
Camping is available.
Kunene River Lodge
Kunene River Lodge and Camping is quite simply the most remote and beautiful place one can imagine.
In the vast wilderness of north-west Namibia, the Lodge is situated on the bank of the mighty river, overlooking Angola.
A lush tree canopy shades the grounds, accommodation and campsites, while the cool swimming pool beckons from a sunny green lawn.
A deck extends over the river from the Bar and Restaurant making a spectacular location for a relaxing drink, a delicious meal, spotting birds and wildlife, or just winding down to the pace of the river, while forgetting the outside world
Accommodation is available in Deluxe rooms, A Frame chalets and camping.
The Lodge is situated inside Fort Sesfontein which has been reestablished authentically even to details from the ruines of a historical Fort built in 1896. It is a monument providing safety and coziness but naturally fulfils the demand for modern facilities according to today’s standards.
The Fort offers comfortable double bedrooms and family units, all including bathroom/WC, for up to 44 persons. 25 local staff members are employed and do their best to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
The place offers a pleasant atmosphere with hot dry days and cool nights. After the adventures of the day and the culinary delights of the evening, you will enjoy a relaxing night below the Southern Cross and a fascinating star-studded sky. Fort Sesfontein is an oasis in the Namibian wilderness.
Khowarib Lodge nestles on the banks of the Hoanib river in the magnificent Khowarib Gorge in north west Namibia.
14 canvas chalets project out from the river bank on stilts over the river bed providing unrivalled, shady views of the cliffs opposite.
On the fringe of Kaokoland, the lodge offers a perfect jumping off point to explore the remote north west of the country, either independently or on one of the lodge's extensive guided tours.
The immediate surrounding area of Damaraland has many rich and interesting activities including desert adapted elephant and Himba settlements within easy reach.
Khowarib Lodge prides itself on the service provided by the local Damaran people. Of particular note are our guiding staff who all have many years experience in the area and unrivalled knowledge of the local environment and wildlife.
Epupa Falls Lodge
Providing river views, Epupa Falls Lodge in Epupa provides accommodation, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a garden and barbecue facilities.
The lodge features both WiFi and private parking free of charge.
A continental breakfast is available daily at Epupa Falls Lodge.
If you would like to discover the area, hiking and cycling are possible in the surroundings.
Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Epupa falls, Viewpoint (Sun down hill) and Viewpoint Sundowner Hill