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is located in the Kaokaland West
area in the Northwest
region of Namibia
The broad Hartmann Valley runs south to north between ridges of basalt mountains in the extreme and remote northwest corner of the country.
The valley floor is pock-marked with mysterious 'fairy circles', amongst which small herds of oryx, mountain zebras and springboks roam. The area is also home to small bands of semi-nomadic Himba tribes-people, whose simple villages stand defiantly amongst utterly barren desert landscapes.
The most miraculous feature is the Kunene River at the northern end, which flows through the desert, creating a remarkable ribbon oasis which sustains both the people and wildlife through the harsh dry season. To the west, the huge dune-fields of the Skeleton Coast cascade over a ridge of red basalt cliffs down to meet the river, in stark contrast to the bare grey rock across the water in Angola.
Very few people are lucky enough to experience these wild and remote areas, it really is a deep privilege to explore these extraordinary landscapes.
Set remotely in the valley, Hartmann Bivouac is a simple mobile tented camp which can feature in private guided overland safari through the region.
Activities include vehicle safari in search of fabulous scenery, desert wildlife and Himba tribespeople.