Arid and remote, among the world’s last great wilderness areas, located in the far north-west, Kaokoland (also called Kaokoveld) is one of the relatively untouched regions in Namibia. Almost inaccessible area, south of the Kunene River, is home to the Himba ethnic group, who kept their ethnic individuality and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland.
Traveling through this region should only be done in the company of an experienced guide. Routes are hardly signposted, corrugated and extremely stony or sandy. Should you wish to camp ? it will be set in the wild!
The Van-Zyl’s Pass is regarded as the most difficult mountain pass in Namibia. The narrow track, leading through the rugged Otjihipa Mountains, consists of coarse, jagged rocks. The gradients to be surmounted are quite extreme. For this reason, it takes about three hours to cover a distance of 10 km by car. Only well-equipped four-wheel drive vehicles with powerful engines and good ground clearance are able to manage the trip.
Once you have reached the bottom, the utopian landscape of the Marienfluss Valley, surrounded by shimmering, purple mountain chains, embraces you. Slightly soft, but nevertheless, negotiable sand roads lead through a somewhat undulating grass savannah. Following the northerly direction, will lead you to the most beautiful site at the Kunene River. Directly at the river (beware of the crocodiles!), lies Camp Okarohombo, managed by the local Himba tribe.