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Kaokaland East


... is located in the Northwest region of Namibia.

This area represents the more accessible portion of this extreme northwest corner of the country, at least it is by comparison with the adjacent but utterly remote Kaokaland West area.

Anchoring the south of the area is the town of Opuwo, the main urban centre for the Himba tribespeople. Although having an interesting frontier atmosphere, it is not a particularly inspiring or interesting place in its own right.

To the northeast, on the border with Angola, lie the Epupa Falls, a beautiful series of cascades through which the Kunene river drops about 30 metres. This is one of the most remote locations accessible to self-drivers and has a number of budget accommodation options.

Around 80km further east is Swartbooisdrift, a historic crossing point which remains an attractive spot and is home to Kunene River Lodge.

Another 40km upstream is the Ruacana dam, a major hydro-electric installation which provides half of the country's electricity. The falls here are less of an attraction despite being a lot more accessible, with two sealed roads reaching the nearby town.
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