Kaokoland - Africa's last wilderness
Tours to Kaokoland
Kaokoland comprises north-western part of the country and covers more than 70 000 sq. km. This arid and desolated area requires traveller to be fully self-sufficient regarding spare tyres, water and fuel and travel on some roads in 4x4 vehicle only. The name ''kaoko'' derived from ''okaoko'' in Herero which means ''small left arm'' was given to the area ''to the left'' of the Kunene river.
Kaokoland can be accessed from Hobatere or Palmwag. It borders Kunene river in the north, Ugab river in the south, the Namib desert, stretching along the coast in the west. Kaokoland is well known for its population of desert adapted elephants, black rhinos and occasionally groups of lions. In 1983 the system of local game rangers appointed by local headmen was introduced to protect game resources and reduce poaching. Within next couple of years more than 60 people were convicted of poaching and illegal hunting. The initiative was considered to be one of the most successful operations to curb poaching in the world.
Tips for travellers to Kaokoland:
* It is advisable to travel in a group of two or more vehicles
* Always take a good map along.
* Two or more spare wheels is a must as well as a pump, tyre repair kit, spare tubes, tyre levers.
* Extra petrol, water and food supplies
* Please stay on the road at all times. Off road driving damages sensitive surface.
* Burial places of Himba people are holy sacred sites. Please keep respectful distances and take only photos with you.
* Try not to camp in a river beds which can be very dangerous during rainy season when water levels can increase within short time. It is also paths for a large game species.
* Try not to camp near waterholes as animals would not be able to drink during your stay.
* Please do not bury your waste. It can be dig out by scavengers. Take back whatever you have brought.
* Do not leave fire burning when leaving your camp.
* Never use fountains and water springs for washing. Soap spoils the water.
These nomadic people live in the northern part of Kaokoland. Their lifestyle and the way they dress remain almost unchanged over three centuries. Please remember that a permission must be obtained before entering Himba village.
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