Inland from the Skeleton Coast, covering some 50,000km², lies the harsh mountainous area known to the Himba people as Kaokoland - one of the wildest and most untouched areas of Africa. This is the home of the semi-nomadic Himba, some of the last people in Africa to be affected by western ways. Kaokoland is also a refuge for the critically endangered black rhino, the giraffe and is famous for its desert elephants. Black rhino tracking is an incredible activity to enjoy in the area, with the chance to see the rare rhino in the wild.
To the south is a desolate region of mountain ranges, table-top kopjes and dry rivers, especially attractive during the early morning and late afternoon when it is transformed into softly glowing pastel shades. In the north where the Kunene River is a permanent water source, the landscape changes - home to Namibia's only waterfalls, towering fig trees, makalani palms and baobabs. The river is full of crocodiles, white water rapids and waterfalls and to raft here is something special. At Epupa Falls the mighty river tumbles down a deep narrow gorge on its journey west to the Atlantic Ocean.
The camps and lodges you'll find on holidays to Kaokoland are some of Africa's most remote and the perfect escape from the outside world. Lose yourself in the Himba tribe's way of life: the chance to visit their traditional villages a highlight to any trip.
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