Kunene & Damaraland

DESCRIPTION

The Kunene Region of Namibia covers a vast swathe of harsh and inhospitable desert. It covers much of north-west Namibia and is divided into several huge private conservancies where the most reliable source of water is the fog created by the Atlantic waters that meet the warm air of the coast. From rolling sand dunes to stark endless plains, ancient valleys and dry river beds give way to the desolate Skeleton Coast in this wild and yet beautiful landscape where only the hardiest of species survive.

Remarkably these seemingly inhabitable surroundings are home to superbly adapted wildlife that has evolved over time to survive in this arid environment. Herds of nomadic elephant are found traversing the dried seasonal riverbeds in search of water and vegetation. These small oases also provide sustenance to a wide range of superbly adapted species including springbok, gemsbok, giraffe and a variety of other species, as well as lion and cheetah. This is also home to the largest free roaming population of black rhino as well as several endemic Namibian species of bird. Nomadic Himba tribesmen still live their traditional nomadic lifestyle and Africa's largest collection of prehistoric rock engravings and San rock art can be found at Twyfelfontein, Namibia's first World Heritage Site.

Several remote bush camps offer a true wilderness experience in relative comfort with activities ranging from 4x4 nature drives and tracking black rhino on foot, to mountain biking and star gazing. This is not a big game experience, but the rewards of seeing a black rhino or a herd of elephant against a lunar landscape is one of the most rewarding wildlife experiences.

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Camp Kipwe

Camp Kipwe is situated in the Twyfelfontein Conservancy in the Damaraland area. Designed to creatively embrace the granite boulders, the camp takes advantage of the nearby Aba Huab River and the...

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Cape Cross Lodge

Situated metres from the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cross Lodge sits alongside the biggest breeding Cape Fur Seal colony in the world, but well out of the "smell" zone, 60km north of Henties Bay and 120...

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Conservancy Safaris

Conservancy Safaris run outstanding trips to Kunene. The company is 100% owned by the local Himba and Herero communities, meaning every guest makes directly aids conservation and the local...

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Damaraland Camp

Damaraland Camp is situated in the Huab River Valley, arguably the most pristine wilderness area in Namibia. The camp has sensational views of the surrounding desert plains, ancient valleys and...

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Desert Rhino Camp

Desert Rhino Camp lies amongst rocky hills in the 450,000 hectare Palmwag Concession. This region is marked for its tranquil, minimalist beauty, surprising wealth of arid-adapted wildlife and the...

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Doro Nawas Camp

Doro Nawas Camp is located in the dry Aba-Huab River Valley, within the Doro Nawas Conservancy in central Damaraland. The camp has spectacular views of the Etendeka Mountains to the north and the...

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Etambura Camp

Etambura, Namibia's first Himba-owned camp, is situated on top of a hill near the holy plains of Onjuva in the Orupembe Conservancy. Etambura has been built for the exclusive use of Conservancy...

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Etendeka Mountain Camp

The Etendeka Concession comprises an area of 50,000 hectares in the foothills of the Grootberg on the edge of the rocky Namib Desert. The ancient basalt has been eroded into a dramatic landscape...

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Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp is situated in Twyfelfontein and offers luxury tented accommodation with beautiful desert scenery. The camp consists of 12 luxury tents, all with en suite facilities, decorate...

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Palmwag Lodge

Palmwag Lodge is framed between the tall palms of a desert oasis on the banks of the dry Uniab River in Damaraland. Palmwag is one of Namibia's oldest and most popular tourist destinations...

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Serra Cafema

Serra Cafema is located on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley. Undoubtedly amongst the most remote camps in Southern Africa, Serra Cafema is only reached by a three hour light...

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