The Kunene region of north-west Namibia is a study of life in the extremes. With its endless stark plains, ancient valleys and rugged peaks, this is one of harshest, most remote and fascinating environments on the planet.

The Kunene River on Namibia’s northern boundary with Angola forms a verdant swathe though the desert, a welcome respite from the arid landscape with its lush riverine vegetation, palm trees and spectacular Epupa Falls.

In this remote region of rugged hills and ancient dry riverbeds, the desert rhino and elephant continue to thrive in small pockets. Viewing these desert-adapted animals is a highlight of any visit to this region, as is the opportunity to interact with the nomadic Himba people who have largely preserved their traditional lifestyles in an unforgiving environment.

recommended establishments
Damaraland Camp, set in the remote Huab river valley, and Desert Rhino Camp, in the million acre Palmwag Reserve, provide fascinating excursions to explore hidden valleys and view desert-adapted rhino and elephant.

Remote Serra Cafema is an intimate tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River, providing an oasis-like respite from the surrounding desert.