Everything about the holiday was just perfect. Elsa's Kopje was brilliant - we were the only guests until the last evening so they took really good care of us.
Damaraland and Kaokaland
Dominated by rugged mountain ranges and steep escarpments, ancient highlands and barren valleys scorched by a relentless sun and inhabited almost exclusively by the semi-nomadic Himba tribe, Kaokoland is probably the least visited and accessible area but it is certainly a very fascinating part of Namibia.
Forests of Makalani palms skirt the course of the Kunene river which forms the border with Angola which includes along its course the beautiful Popa and Ruacana waterfalls.
There are a few excellent small camps in this region which contains some wildlife but the main attraction is the stunning landscapes, the remoteness of the location and the fascinating nomadic culture of the Himba people.
Damaraland lies to the South and also has spectacular mountain scenery, the Northern area of Damaraland has many huge privately managed conservancies many of which are run as partnerships with local communities, similar to those in neighbouring Botswana. The South is easily accessible to self drivers and the popular tourist attractions of the Petrified Forest, Organ Pipes and Burn't mountain are located here.
Wildlife is abundant and varied offering encounters with the famous desert elephant that roam the riverbeds and adjacent mopane woodlands or numerous herds of Mountain zebra, springbok and Oryx. This area also contains some of the few black rhinos surviving outside the national parks.
Damaraland and Kaokaland are usually combined in a safari circuit visiting the red dunes at Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park and the Skeleton Coast National Park giving a very scenic and varied safari holiday, a couple of days visiting the Africat Foundation at Okonjima is a popular extension.