The remote northwest corner of Namibia, the remotest part of the country, is one of our favourite places on the planet. Now part of the Kunene Region, it's rugged yet sublimely beautiful, with incredible craggy mountains, coastal desert, huge areas of sand in dried-up river beds full of trees and bushes, the countries only flowing waterfalls at Epupa and Ruacana. Stretching north from the Hoanib River up to the Kunene River and the Angolan border, the region is home to desert-adapted wildlife; elephants, black rhino, lions, giraffe, springbok, Hartmann's zebra and around 5,000 Himba pastoralists. The game is relatively sparse, but so rewarding to see it, and the backdrops make excellent photographs in the early morning and late afternoon light, when the pastel shades glow. Kaokoland is also the place from where the Skeleton Coast can be experienced more in depth, if staying at one of the exclusive lodges around here, like Shipwreck and Hoanib Valley Lodge.
- tracking the desert-adapted wildlife - elephants, rhinos, and lions
- Himba village visits
- boating and fishing on the Kunene River
- excursions to the skeleton coast
where to stay...
From our visits to the Kaokoland we have first-hand knowledge of the lodges and below you can find the ones we most commonly use. Those include mainly our favourites sorted from south to north, which are usually smaller properties with very personalised service. Open, close, then open each tab again to display the images fully.
shipwreck lodge - skeleton coast
hoanib valley CAMP
Okahirongo elephant camp
omarunga camp - epupa falls
okahirongo river camp