The biggest difference between Damaraland and Kaokoland is in terms of accessibility and infrastructure. While Damaraland is rather isolated, Kaokoland even more so. Home to 16,000 people, 5,000 of which are Himba, Kaokoland has a population density of one person to every two square kilometers which is about a quarter of Namibia’s average.
Considered one of the last remaining wilderness areas in southern Africa, the Kaokoveld is a region of magnificent mountain scenery, a refuge for desert adapted elephant, Hartmann’s Mountain zebra, black rhino and giraffe and the home of the semi-nomadic Himba people. The rugged landscape is ideal for landscape photographers during the early morning and late afternoon when the land is glowing in soft pastel shades. It is also the region where you will find Namibia’s famous waterfalls: Epupa and Ruacana Falls.
Kaokoland is bordered by two rivers. The Haonib River in the south and the Kunene River to the north. The Kunene River also forms Namibia’s border with Angola.
Kaokoland can be included as part of any itinerary. To learn more about our itineraries, click on one of the sample itinerary links below:
- Namibia Sample Self Drive Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Guided Safari Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Classic Fly & Guided Safari Itinerary
Best Times to Go
The best time to go to Kaokoland is between the months of April – September. During these months the days are warm and the nights cool. The months between October – March the days are blistering hot with sporadic rain showers.
Below are some of the accommodations we recommend in Kaokoland. Click a link below for more information.