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Namibia's isolated northern territory

Home to ochre-coloured Himba people, this is one of Namibia's most sparse and spectacular valleys stretching right down to the Skeleton Coast

The Kunene is probably the most remote region in the whole of Nambia. Considering how sparsely populated Namibia is in general, this is saying a lot. The famous Himba people call this place home, along with interesting desert-adapted wildlife such as elephant, black rhino and lion. The Kunene River marks the boundary between Namiba and Angola, a lifeline through the otherwise dry and unforgiving landscape. 

Paul Steyn says

The epic, endless vistas of the Kunene and Hartmann's Valley are life-changing to witness. I will never forget perching quietly on a bare rock on the edge of the Hartmann's valley, staring out over a the red/brown desert and feeling as if the world had literally ceased to roll on it's axis.

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Luxury Namibia: Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene

Experience Sossusvlei's red dunes glowing in the early morning light, find desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland and meet the Himba nomads in Namibia's far north-west

$ 5,986

£ 4,565

R 86,539

5,365

per person

7 days

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The Kunene is situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in Africa: the Hartmann's Valley. The views in this part of northern Namibia are are spectacular, and an afternoon flight into the Kunene is a powerful experience. 

An encounter with the traditional Himba people is something truly unique. A once nomadic people, the Himba are now permanently situated in the area. As protection from the sun and heat, the women cover their skin in a mixture of ocher and butter, creating a beautiful tone that seems to blend right into the reds of the desert. There are a number of villages that happily display their way of life to interested visitors - it is possible to enter right into a Himba hut and interact with the elders of the village. 

Along the Kunene River are the Ruacana and Epupa Falls, both of which are amazing sights. Serra Cafema camp is one of the best-known lodges on the Kunene River and offers boat cruises and game drives in search of the desert adapted elephant and rare black rhino. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kunene Region

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location.

What shots should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and…

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