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KUNENE

ABOUT

Kunene, also known as Kaokoland, is the most isolated region in Namibia, stretching from the Skeleton Coast up to Namibia’s border with Angola. This massive area of grassland, jagged mountains, and breathtaking valleys covers Namibia’s northwestern corner, and its incredible colors and vistas leave you feeling as if you are a visitor on another planet.

NORTHERN KUNENE

The remote Namib Desert sands, the lush banks of the Kunene River, and authentic cultural experiences make Northern Kunene an unforgettable destination. Activities here are focused on exploring this remote desert and learning about the unique way of life of local Himba tribes. Secluded from outside influences, the Himba people have been able to maintain their seminomadic way of life and preserve their rich culture and traditions. While harsh, their home is breathtakingly beautiful, and experiencing this desert instills a deep appreciation and closeness with this peaceful environment.

SKELETON COAST

The Skeleton Coast is one of the most unique coastlines in the world. This harsh, uninhabitable stretch of land is lined with towering sand dunes and dramatic shores. The coastal tide is as harsh as the barren desert sands, as the South Atlantic Benguela current constantly batters the shoreline. Strong winds and riptides make navigating this coastline a treacherous endeavor. Its remote sands are littered with exposed remains of shipwrecks and tracks of scarce desert dwellers. Scavengers scour Cape fur seal colonies that make their home along the coast.

SEASONS

Winter months in Kunene are quite comfortable, lasting from May to September. In May, temperatures begin to drop, and days are sunny and comfortable with temperatures reaching into the mid-70s, with cool and crisp nights. June and July are typically the coldest winter months when some nights dip into freezing temperatures.

Typically by October, temperatures rise as the region transitions into summer. Average daytime temperatures are in the mid-80s, and December and January tend to be the warmest months. The first rains fall in January, as short late-afternoon showers. Typically lasting into March, the rains bring much-needed relief to the dry, desert landscape.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
HIGH (F°) 76° 76° 74° 72° 72° 70° 68° 66° 68° 70° 72° 74°
LOW (F°) 64° 64° 64° 60° 56° 54° 52° 52° 54° 56° 60° 62°
RAINFALL (mm) 1 7 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ACCOMMODATIONS
HOANIB SKELETON COAST


SERRA CAFEMA CAMP
WILDLIFE

Wildlife is not as much of an emphasis as Kunene’s unmatched scenery and cultural experience. This special region is home to few large species of wildlife, although depending upon rainfall, large numbers of springboks and oryxes can migrate into the vast open plains. A definite wildlife highlight in the northern part of this region is the rich birdlife along the Kunene River. Kunene is also a great place to look for a few of its endemic reptiles, such as the desert-plated lizard.

In southern Kunene, inland mountains and valleys are home to impressive desert-adapted elephants, giraffes, lions, and antelopes. Along the coast, massive colonies of Cape fur seals and opportunistic black-backed jackals and brown hyenas can be found.

ACTIVITIES
  • Travel down the Kunene River by boat and take in the surreal combination of the lush riverside set against a dry, harsh desert.

  • Visit a Himba settlement in Northern Kunene and learn about their seminomadic lifestyle, rich history, and traditions.

  • Take nature walks to learn about the small distinctive creatures, or explore the region in a 4x4 vehicle.

  • Visit the Skeleton Coast, one of the most unique coastlines in the world. Discover this harsh, desolate coastline littered with the abandoned remains of old shipwrecks.