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Kaokaland West
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Kaokaland West


... is an extremely remote and wonderful part of Namibia, where the desert landscapes are absolutely vast and the sense of utter wilderness is palpable.

Broad valleys run north to south between ridges of basalt mountains, their floors pock-marked with mysterious 'fairy circles', amongst which small herds of oryx and springbok 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, which flows through the desert, creating a remarkable ribbon oasis which sustains both the people and wildlife through the harsh dry season. On this southern side, huge dune-fields cascade over a ridge of red basalt cliffs down to meet the river, in stark contrast to the bare grey rock across 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. The few camps here offer a range of activities including vehicle safari, walking and hiking, motorboat safari, quad-bike safari and cultural visits.

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