For an authentic experience of almost untouched Africa, head for Kunene, (historically known as Kaokoveld). This vast wilderness is best visited by air and there are a few lodges in the area which we recommend. If you wanted to visit independently you would need at least two 4WD vehicles and previous experience along with plenty of supplies - this terrain is not for novices or sissies, but if you have the time it really is a special place to visit that will leave a lasting impression.
Reasons to visit Kunene include:
Weather patterns here are predictable and temperatures extreme. Night time and early morning in winter are bone chilling, sub-zero temperatures are not unusual. Summer is extremely hot with the occasional soaking downpour.
Kunene is remote and fairly inaccessible. We recommend flying in by light aircraft. If you are attempting it by road you will need at least 2 4x4s, it's a remote area and not to be taken lightly, but it is worth it.
There are very few lodges in this area and the remoteness of the area does make this a more expensive region to visit. Serra Cafema is one of the more well-known lodges offering top-notch service and accommodation.
Exclusive camp in a remote valley setting, where you can see desert-adapted wildlife and meet local tribespeople.
Opuwo Country Lodge is built on a hill overlooking the surrounding valleys and hills, a good base for exploring Kaokoland.
This is about as remote as you can get, a beautiful setting on the banks of the Kunene river in northern Namibia.
Time: GMT +2 hours
Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.
Language: Namibiaâ€™s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.
Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.
Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.