KAOKOLAND

Kaokoland, situated in the Kunene region in the North-Western corner of Namibia is one of the Worlds’ last few true wilderness areas, an unspoilt area that is travelled in isolation. It is one of the few places on earth that have remained very much unchanged in regards to the living and non-living aspects of nature, something that becomes apparent once you have arrived in this phenomenal landscape. In the north it borders against the meandering Kunene River while the western border flows over into the Skeleton Coast National Park. The geological processes in Kaokoland have moulded a landscape unique on earth – rugged, natural, yet soulful and liberating. It is epic canvasses of incredible mountain scenery, a refuge for the rare desert dwelling elephant, black rhino and free-roaming game species that have specially adapted to find food and water in the deeply incised gorges of age-old riverbeds and valleys. It is also the home of the Himba tribes people.

Epupa Falls

These falls are situated on the Kunene River at the Namibian / Angolan border. Wending its way through awesome mountainous terrain, it suddenly interrupts the arid landscape by a cascading network of spectacular falls that tumble over a multitude of rock shelves into a 35-meter deep gorge. Adding to the allure are the Baobab trees clinging to the steep cliffs of the gorge, whilst majestic makalani palms line the banks of the river and the islands separating the channels. Taking photographs of the falls is most rewarding in the early morning or the late afternoon.

The Ovahimba

Unlike many indigenous groups in Africa, the Himba have managed to maintain much of their traditional lifestyle, perhaps owing to the fact that the land they occupy is so harsh and unyielding that it has been rarely coveted by the colonialists and commercial farmers that have affected so many other regions of the continent. Today, the Himba live as they have for centuries and manage to continue an existence in small villages or family groups by following their herds of goats and cattle to new grazing areas and waterholes as existing areas become depleted.

The Desert Elephant

The desert elephant are truly incredible survivalists, claiming a three-thousand square kilometer range and regularly traveling up to two hundred kilometers in search of water. They only drink every three or four days, compared with elephant in Etosha drinking one-hundred to two-hundred liters of water a day. They also seem to be more environmentally conscious than other elephants and rarely knock over trees, break branches, or tear away bark, as if knowing if they do so their food will be less than what it was before. Physiologically they also differ from the African elephants found in southern African National Parks. The surface area of their feet is largely increased as not to sink into the soft dune sand, while their ears are also prominently larger to aid them in the cooling process of the blood flowing directly to the brain. They have the unique ability to live comfortably with an increased blood temperature, a temperature that would lead to certain death of other elephants or living organisms for that matter.