Travel to Northern Namibia – Kaokoveld & Damaraland Wilderness
Namibia’s far north – the area between Etosha National Park and the Angolan border – is totally different from the rest of the country. It is flat, green and alive with people. The ground is mostly sand; rocks and stones are rare. The numerous elongated depressions which dissect the plain and fill up with water during the rainy season are called Oshanas. Originally this area was a mix of grassland, shrub savannah and dry forest. Save for a few patches on the periphery, however, the forest has disappeared; all that remains are the many fences of the homesteads. The only trees left are the striking Makalani palms in the central north, the Mopane forests in the northwest and mighty Baobabs here and there.
Game has also disappeared from this fertile land – to the south and the sanctuary of Etosha. This part of the country is at its most beautiful during the rainy season between October and April. ‘Rainy season’ is slightly misleading though. It only means that the probability of rain is higher than during the other months, regarded as the dry season, and that water then enters the Oshanas also from Angola in the north. As they will soon teem with fish they represent a valuable source of food.
Visiting the northern part of Namibia gives the chance to experience the fascinating tribal villages in Kaokoveld and Damarland and the excellent game within Etosha National Park.
- Spot around 114 wildlife species at the numerous waterholes in Etosha National Park.
- Explore the renowned Skeleton Coast.
- Hike through the beautiful Waterberg Plateau Park.