Far away, in Namibia's distant north, on the border to Angola and hundreds of kilometres from civilisation and everyday life, the Okahirongo River Camp offers extravagant accommodation in a truly remote setting.
The scenery is magical in an outlandish way. Rugged mountains reach for the sun-bleached skies. A river winds its way through the dry and seemingly inhospitable land like an artery of life, encouraging palm trees to grow here and there amidst the stone.
The Kunene River marks the
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border to Angola and the Skeleton Coast Park meets the camp on its western end. The setting is so secluded that the only feasible transportation is by light aircraft. The flight is sensational and allows you to admire the Otupambua rapids from above.
Where culinary delights are concerned, the camp leaves nothing to be desired. The cuisine's delightful creations ingeniously fuse African with Italian influences and accompany the resulting delicacies with select South African wines and perfect service.
In total, the Okahirongo River Camp accommodates no more than fourteen guests at any one time. Five luxurious double tents and a large family villa with two bedrooms are available. All units offer both an indoor and open-air shower and command a view of the nearby river from a private terrace.
The Okahirongo's main building marks the start of the river rapids. For your comfort and convenience, it offers two lounges, a reading room, souvenir shop and a restaurant facing the river. At the heart of the facilities is a pool complete with a large sundeck.
Not far from the camp, in the Kaokofeld, lies the home of the legendary Himbas, the continent's last true nomads. All of the Okahirongo River Camp's activities and excursions include at least one visit to a Himba village.
The Ovahimbas have refused to surrender themselves to the blessings and curses of modern-day civilisation and still lead their life's in accordance with their age-old traditions. The villages accommodate a number of families that house in huts built from wood, earth and dung.
Then, of course, educative and entertaining game and scenic drives are being offered. Sturdy all-terrain vehicles take you into the mountains and through the red sand dunes. Moreover, you may also join a boot tour with the chance to observe crocodiles and the diverse birdlife.
Hiking is also a popular activity. Especially recommendable are the hikes down the Marienfluss Valley in the early morning hours. You may request to have picnic basket arranged or to have breakfast set up on the river or amidst the red dunes.
Dinner is always served on the jetty. Rain is hardly ever a problem in these dry lands. Travel to heart of nothingness and spend memorable days at the sustainable Okahirongo River Camp for a taste of Namibia's rugged wilderness!
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