Why Visit Kunene Region?
The Kunene Region is one of the most remote and unspoiled areas within Namibia, comprising vast, red dunes, desert dwelling elephant and rhino, the Skeleton Coast and many other attractions. This is also the home of the indigenous Himba people.
Kunene Region Overview
The Kunene Region has one of the most ancient and interesting cultures found within Namibia. Traditionally, the Himba people were nomadic tribes that roamed the deserts with their livestock. Over time, the Himba people began to adapt to the often harsh conditions of the region, finding water and grazing land when needed and using natural resources to protect against the hot sun. Himba women still wear the traditional face painting made of ochre and butter, with traditional clothing and jewellery also still found.
With its contrasting landscapes of red dunes, blue sky and vast open spaces, rare desert wildlife and rich culture, the Kunene Region is an area that has managed to remain unchanged through the ages, ensuring one of the most memorable destinations within Namibia.
Highlights & Places in Kunene Region
- Himba people
- Desert elephant and rhino
- Kunene River
- Game viewing
- Skeleton Coast
- Ruacana and Epupa Falls
One of the most popular activities to enjoy within the Kunene Region is the chance to experience the rich, fascinating culture of the Himba people. While the Himba are traditionally nomadic, settlements can be found throughout the region. These villages can be visited by those who wish to discover the secrets of one of the most ancient desert-dwelling tribes in Southern Africa, with traditional dancing, stories and cultures offering insight into the often difficult conditions of life in the deserts. Coffee, tobacco and sugar can be exchanged by visitors for the leatherwork, jewellery and pottery of the Himba people.
Game viewing can also be enjoyed within the Kunene Region. While game may not be as abundant as it is in other areas within Namibia, this region is one of the few places where the rare desert-dwelling elephant and rhino can be found. These animals have adapted to the dry conditions, allowing them to thrive in a region that receives very little rain. Other game can also be found across the Kunene Region, with bird spotting also to be enjoyed. Photography is however, still one of the top things to do in this beautiful region, with images straight out of a travel guide seen throughout the region.
Best Time to Visit Kunene Region
Kunene Region Weather
Kunene Region average temperatures range from 5°C to 30°C.
When to Go
The Kunene Region has two marked seasons, which are summer and winter. Being further inland from the coast, the area has more extreme temperatures, with warm to hot summers running from October to May, and mild to cold winters running from June to September. The average annual rainfall is 233 mm.
Getting There & Getting Around
Getting To Kunene Region
International travellers can enter Kunene via Windhoek International Airport. The region can be accessed by road, with bus routes from Windhoek as well as chartered flights also on offer.
Getting Around Kunene Region
The best way to get around the Kunene Region is by 4x4 vehicles or foot. Some areas cannot be accessed by car, but walking long distance is not always possible either.
Kunene Region Tips : Know Before You Go
ATMs/Currency/Money: there are banks and other facilities in Windhoek or other small towns, but not in the Kunene Region itself.
Internet Availability: there is no internet access in this remote region.
Drinking Water: it is best to bring bottled water in good supply when entering Kunene Region.
Hospitals & Medical: medical facilities can be found in Windhoek, while some camps may have first aid facilities.
Visa Requirements: most travellers do not require a visa to enter Namibia.
Kunene Region Accommodation: This page features 1 recommended places to stay in Kunene Region.
Serra Cafema Camp Kunene Region Price On RequestCategory : Safari Lodges
This camp is the perfect hideaway as it is only reachable by aircraft from Windhoek. Serra Cafema Serra Cafema is peaceful camp with a unique mix of down-to-earth and luxury elements nestled amongst the shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene.
Kunene Region Map