Opuwo is the capital of the Kunene region in north-western Namibia. Population 12 000.
About 720km north-northwest from Windhoek. The road is now tarred/paved all the way from Windhoek to Opuwo.
Hire a car in Windhoek (preferably a 4x4 to visit remote villages). A normal sedan will reach Opuwo easily.
Actually with a capable sedan on good tires it is possible to reach Epupa Falls also - but do not attempt this in a car with poor tyres, and as there is one or two steep hills rear wheel drive is preferrable. I travelled to Okongwati in a 2WD fine (email@example.com)
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.abbaguesthouse.com. Profits from ABBA go towards running a feeding scheme in Opuwo for between 50 and 150 orphans and vulnerable children daily. We also use profits to send teaching teams to Himba villages and will soon start drilling water wells in some remote villages.
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.
Official Opuwo website: http://www.opuwo.org
Western Tjiposa - he is the best guide in Opuwo by a country mile. In Sept/Oct 2009 I travelled there with work and needed a very capable guide that knew Kaokoland and knew the Himba extremely well. Western was highly recommended by some local residents and he turned out to be the perfect guide (and was wonferful company too). He comes from a Himba family and so knows the traditions, the villages and can help you get the best out of your time in Opuwo and Kaokoland. His details are: +264 (0) 812750156 and he also has an email address at firstname.lastname@example.org but as this is Africa he may only access his emails every few days.....
Mayor of Opuwo (Cllr Pieter de Villiers): email@example.com or 0811222263
ABBA guesthouse: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0812346810
Malaria area. Regional Hospital and private pharmacy can treat most health related problems.