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Destination Info: Regions - Kunene Region - Part 1

     

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The Kunene Region, named after the mighty river on its northern border shared with Angola, comprises of two distinctly different parts:

The northern part, supplied with goods from its only town Opuwo, constitutes the legendary Kaokoveld or Kaokoland - home of the Herero-speaking Himba people and of some of Namibia's most difficult to access areas. 
Dense forests and widely spread out traditional settlements of the OvaHimba line the route from Opuwo to the Epupa Falls of the Kunene River.
Images of the most remote areas of the Namib Desert's Skeleton Coast,  of the Marienfluss Valley, the infamous Van Zyl's Pass and countless other spectacular landscape features have been published in an ever-growing number of coffee-table books for their stark beauty and eerie serenity.


The Ruacana Falls of the Kunene River, on the region's north-eastern boundary to

 

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Further south, towards Sesfontein, the Kunene Region becomes slightly more populated and easier to travel but still remains 4x4 country for its better part. The historic fort at Sesfontein, the Ongongo Waterfall, and  tracking the elusive Desert Elephant in the Hoanib River nowadays count amongst the most popular tourist attractions.


Steadily growing tracks of land under tribal authority and their diverse wildlife populations are protected in communal Conservancies. These serve the local communities of livestock breeders as

 


The Hartmann's Mountain Zebra is a common inhabitant of the Kaokoveld, in Namibia's northern Kunene Region.
Stripes along the entire length of its legs make it easy to tell the Mountain Zebra apart from the Burchell's Zebra whose
stripes fade away towards the hooves.
The Burchell's or Plains Zebra occurs in far greater numbers and is regularly seen
on the savannas all over Namibia.
Photo: I. Ohm 

 

 

 

 

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alternative sources of income from photo tourism and regulated hunting, and thus encourage the reduction of ecologically detrimental land utilisation practices such as over-grazing.

Conservancies continue in the Kunene Region's southern part, better known as Damaraland. Even though settlements and farms of the Damara people can be found as far south as the Brandberg Mountain, only the northern areas of Damaraland have been integrated into the Kunene Region while the southern areas were consolidated with the Erongo Region. Khorixas, the only town in the south of the Kunene Region, is the regions administrative centre. - to be continued

 



 




 

 

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