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Kunene Dunes Bivouac

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Kunene Dunes Bivouac
is located in the Kaokaland West area in the Northwest region of Namibia.

This camp is one of a handful of bivouac locations used on our Skeleton Coast Expeditions, a family of private guided safaris though the remarkable wild landscapes of this fabulous corner of Namibia.

Kunene Dunes Bivouac is usually the fourth stop on an expedition. It starts with the continued drive north along the beach, heading for the remote Kunene Mouth and the border with Namibia. There are more seals, impressive whale skulls to be seen on the way and some huge crocodiles at the mouth itself, where we break for lunch.

Turning back south and passing the remote and apparently disused diamond mine, we turn inland to start the epic two day crossing of the enormous dune sea that lies between the coast and the Hartmann Valley, pushed up against the miraculous Kunene River. This desert crossing is one of the greatest 'safari' experiences in Africa. There is no road, no fixed route, but we are utterly dependent upon our dune pilot to find our way across. The top of each and every dune presents another conundrum and there is lots of getting stuck, going back and forth and winching. At times it seems like we will never get through and it can make for a very arduous and occasionally stressful day.

Ultimately we arrive at an awesome hyper-remote campsite in dunes above the river where, if we are lucky, we will encounter the local jackals, who like to pop by and see what the aliens are up to.

The previous stop is usually Dunedin Star Bivouac.

The next stop is usually Cafema Valley Bivouac.

For the trip overview please refer to Skeleton Coast Expeditions.
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