Technically 2 separate regions, Damaraland and the Kunene Region (previously known as Kaokoland) provides for some of the country’s most scenic and dramatic landscapes as well as being rich in culture and wildlife. Popular attractions in this area are:
- Brandberg – the country’s highest mountain and home to the famous White Lady painting estimated to date back some 1800 years
- Twyfelfontein – Namibia’s first world heritage site and home to the worlds largest collection, estimated at more than 2500 rock etchings dating several thousands of years
- Petrified Forest – the largest collection of petrified logs in Southern Africa, huge trees that turned to stone some 280 million years ago.
In addition to this, the northwestern part of this region is one of Africa’s last true wilderness areas where no people live except for the semi-nomadic Himba tribe.
In terms of wildlife, this area sustains numerous species of specially adapted desert mammals including the desert-adapted elephants, black rhinos, lions and giraffe, species all currently being researched and protected in this area. It is also here where the countries successful concept of communal conservancies started. These conservancies are largely controlled by local communities and are highly complementary to Namibia’s already existing protected areas and allow for some of the profits made from tourism being ploughed back to the communities at ground level as well as actively involving the communities in the protection of their natural resources.
For those really looking to get off the beaten track, this area is a must, with remote 4×4 trails for the more experienced off-roaders to relaxing on the banks of the Kunene River among the Malakani palms and overlooking the Epupa Falls a stark contrast to the rest of the region.
Experience the NorthWest with Lark Journeys on a 16 Day Wildlife Lovers NorthWest Namibia Camping Adventure taking in all the incredible landscapes, wildlife and people of Damaraland and the Kunene Region.