Opuwo is the capital of the Kunene region in north-western Namibia. Population 12 000.
About 720km north-northwest from Windhoek.
Hire a car in Windhoek (preferably a 4x4 to visit remote villages). A normal sedan will reach Opuwo easily.
Himba People, Epupa Waterfalls, Marienfluss, Desert Elephants, Van Zyl's pass (4x4), Traditional villages of the Himba, Herero and Dhimba people.
Walk around one of the most interesting towns in Africa and experience it's diverse people. Buy some cultural ornaments from the street markets and support the local economy. Drive to Epupa waterfalls (180km north) or a nearby traditional village.
Well stocked grocery shops, Internet Cafe, Banks, Petrol & Diesel. Local craftspeople selling hand-made jewellery and other crafts - to be found on street, in particular outside OK Supermarket.
ABBA guesthouse - Accessible, Beautiful, Budget Accommodation. Clean, ensuite bathrooms, hot water, free internet, TV in reception room, in center of Opuwo. From N$80 per person per night. Visit us on the web to see photos of guesthouse, town and area - Himba villages, Epupa waterfalls, Marien Fluss, Desert Elephants, Van Zyl's pass and more. www.opuwo.info
Kunene Village Rest Camp - camping accommodation for $60 pppn ($30 for children). Solar hot water, friendly staff. Guides can be arranged for visits to local Himba villages or to Epupa Falls. Campsite run as a non-profit enterprise by Namibian NGO supporting local communities by providing training and advice on rural development and nature conservation. Profits from camping go towards providing workshops and other training for conservancy members around NW Kunene.
Malaria area. Better to use bottled water (available at shops in town) - local water tends to give runny tummies! (Water outside Opuwo is fine).
This page was last edited at 09:23, on 13 January 2009 by Penny George. Based on work by Nick Roux and Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel.