Kaokoland

Kaokoland represents one of Namibia's greatest challenges and is alluring, yet utterly inhospitable, to all but the local population and extremely well-prepared travellers.

It is a barren mountain desert region and offers very little in the way of water, vegetation and animals. A visit to this region is not something to undertake lightly, as you will be hundreds of kilometers from help, and days from a hospital if something goes wrong. It is the home of the very interesting Himba people, who live in an equally fascinating environment.

The Kaokoland area is situated in the top left-hand corner of Namibia and comprises an area of approximately 48 000 km². Its boundaries are the Kunene River to the north, Ovamboland and the Etosha National Park to the east, Damaraland to the south and the Skeleton Coast National Park to the west.

(Text by Johan Snyman)