Stark but mesmerising beauty in Kaokoland


Be ready to experience the stark but mesmerizing beauty in Kaokoland Namibia, home of the nomadic Himba people, the rare desert-dwelling elephant, and the black rhinos. Safaris through Namibia and the remote and beautiful Kaokoland. Find the best packages, lodges and accommodation for your itinerary here.  Famous for its rugged purple mountain ranges and the Kunene River, Kaokoland is a harsh bit of Namibian desert with huge boulders dotted around and rare wildlife hiding.

Welcome to one of the wildest and least populated areas in Namibia, where Himba people make up a third of the total population. These descendants of the Herero (who migrated further south in the 18th century) retained much of their traditional, nomadic, and pastoral habits. The mountainous Kaokoland is a 4×4 country, its boundaries are the Hoanib River to the Kunene River on the border with Angola. 

Most visitors to Kaokoland seek out the unique desert-adapted elephants, often moving up to 200 km a day to find water. They only drink every three or four days, compared with elephants in Etosha which drink 100 to 200 liters of water a day. 

Did you know?

Kaokoland is a remote 40 000 square km region where many private lodges offer rhino-tracking safaris on foot or in a 4×4. It’s romantic too! 


  • The charismatic Kunene River is ideal for fantastic white-water rafting and canoeing adventures. Swimming is great but mind the crocodiles. 
  • White water rafting on Ondurusa Rapids is a wild adventure passing through the looming Zebra Mountains and crossing the challenging 13 Rapids. 
  • The only true waterfall in Namibia, Ruacana Falls, stands 120 m high and reaches 700 m wide when flooding. Nearby Epupa Falls (meaning ‘the spray’), is a smaller trail of cascades stretching nearly two km.
  • The Otjihipa Mountains in the north form an oasis on the eastern boundary of the Marienfluss Valley.
  • The historical Sesfontein Fort, named after the six fountains nearby, is shaded by date palms planted by German police officers who came to stop elephant and rhino poaching, and the smuggling of weapons.

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