Luxury Safaris in Kunene River
Far in the north, the Kunene Region is a true wilderness outpost, a remote place even by Namibian standards.
After flying over the endless golden dunes, one could be forgiven for thinking that nothing civilized could be in reach. But as you edge towards the frontier, a green band appears in the barren landscape, the meandering Kunene River that forms much of the border with Angola.
The only perennial water source in the entire region, the river creates a lush oasis along its banks – an inviting contrast to the lunar like landscape of the Namib Desert which supports the Himba people and wildlife such as crocodile, oryx and Hartmann’s zebra as well as other reptiles and birdlife. The real draw here though is the sheer isolation and surreal desert landscapes.
When to go
April and especially May are the best months to visit. Minimal rain, a real freshness in the air, and as much greenery in the landscape as you can expect in a desert region from recent rains, it is also the time when the air is most free from dust.
What to do
- Nature drives in open Land Rovers
- Guided quad bike excursions through the fragile dunes
- Boating on the Kunene River
- Walking in the remote mountain and river valleys and waterfalls
- Visits to a Himba settlement (should the nomadic people be in the area)
- Full day outing to Marienfluss Valley with a packed picnic lunch
Itineraries including Kunene River
Accommodation in Kunene River
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Wilderness Serra CafemaWilderness Serra Cafema is located in the extreme north-west of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River in the Hartmann Valley. Undoubtedly amongst the most remote camps in Southern Africa, Serra Cafema is only reachable by light aircraft which adds to the exclusivity of this beautiful property. Wilderness Serra Cafema is an intimate, peaceful camp with a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements nestled amongst the shady Albida trees on the banks of the Kunene. Rapids just below camp provide a calming ambiance with guests often lulled into dreamland by the gurgling waters after a day exploring one of the driest, starkly beautiful regions in the world. Accommodation at here consists of eight riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched villas on spacious, elevated decks blended smoothly into the picturesque surroundings. Each fully furnished tent has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets. A late afternoon spent lounging on the front deck soaking up the breathtaking vistas of this contrasting wilderness is an absolute must.