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Himba Cultural Experience



Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Etaambura Camp
Situated on top of the hill with amazing views over the valley, Etaambura Camp offers five rooms, each sleeping two peop...

Khowarib Schlucht Community Rest Camp
Khowarib Schlucht Community Rest Camp has four well maintained campsites overlooking the Khowarib River. Each campsite h...

Cameltop Mountain Camp
Cameltop Mountain Camp has six campsites each with water and braai (barbeque) facilities. Each campsite has a flushing t...

Etendeka Mountain Camp
In the foothills of the Grootberg massif, in stunning scenery set amidst the ancient Etendeka lava flows of northern Dam...

Fig Tree Community Campsite
Fig Tree Community Campsite is located under giant, shady fig trees with four campsites and four tents per each site. Al...

Fort Sesfontein Lodge & Safaris
Fort Sesfontein Lodge is an oasis in the Namibian wilderness. The exposed position of the Fort between Damaraland and Ka...

Marble Community Campsite
Marble Community Campsite offers five private and secluded campsites with braai (barbeque) areas, sinks, food preparatio...

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is located in the Purros Conservancy, 55km from the Skeleton Coast and around 200km south of t...

Camp Syncro
Camp Syncro has three well shaded and spacious campsites with running water, warm showers, flushing toilets and wash up...

Camp Aussicht Lodge & Campsite
Located on top of a hill overlooking Damaraland to the west, Camp Aussicht Campsite offers four sites with enough space...

House on the Hill
House on the Hill offers comfortable self-catering accommodation to travellers. Located on top of a small hill in Onjuva...

Okahirongo River Camp
Okahirongo River Camp is an eco-friendly lodge built on a sweeping ridge and opening up to breathtaking views of the Kun...

Okaruhombo Community Rest Camp
Okaruhombo Community Rest Camp is situated on the Kunene River and has four campsites with warm showers and flushing toi...

Otijize Mountain River Tented Camp
Otijize Mountain River Tented Camp is located under large Acacia trees and offers three en-suite tents accommodating up...

Palmwag Lodge & Camping
Palmwag Lodge & Camping has 11 luxury tents, 13 thatched bungalows, two family units, five luxury tents and 14 camps...

Red Rocks Campsite
Red Rocks Campsite has six campsites on the Hoanib River. Each site has its own braai (barbeque). They also have two sel...

Khowarib Lodge & Safaris
Khowarib Lodge is situated on the banks of the Hoanib River in the beautiful Khowarib Schlught. Accommodation is offered...

Puros Community Campsite & Bush Lodge
Puros Community Campsite has six campsites - each with its own flushing toilet and warm shower. Braai (barbeque) facilit...


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This route links oasis settlements and springs through a unique part of the Himba tribal heartland. Palmwag is a cluster of ancient palm trees under which small herds of elephants congregate in the river vegetation. Local tour operators offer walking tours to find the last free ranging black rhinos found within the conservancies. Attractions in the vicinity include the restored German fort dating back to 1896, the promise of a refreshing swim at the spectacular Ongogo waterfall and the Khowarib Schlucht (gorge) that offers shelter from the surrounding desert. 

The stretch of road between Sesfontein and Puros skirts the sparsely vegetated Namib dune fields that support a range of wildlife such as ostriches, springbok and giraffe. The remote Himba settlement at Puros comes as a surprise in the harsh desert environment. Cool campsites under huge camelthorn trees offer shelter from the blazing sun with the odd desert elephant may stroll by. The famous Hoanib elephant herd can be tracked down by experienced local guides.

Another highlight on the route, albeit insignificant at first sight is rooidrom (red drum), a junction known by adventure travellers far and wide. This quirky landmark is a major intersection in the far north of Kaokoland and those with a sense of humour have added distance markers telling you how far you are from Moscow, London and Cape Town. The Marienfluss valley, dotted with mud covered Himba huts, can either be covered in waving yellow grass or be a wind-sept landscape covered by a red sand. The permanently flowing Kuenen River comes as a refreshing surprise with its clear water and river bank studded with makalani palms.

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This route links oasis settlements and springs through a unique part of the Himba tribal heartland.

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