Opuwo is the largest centre in the sparsely populated northern reaches of Namibia and the only stretch of paved road for miles around. The fascinating semi-nomadic Himba people live here and the region is a hotspot for many rare and endemic birds.
In the centre of this bustling market town, the Ohakane Lodge is an excellent base from which to explore this rugged realm of rocky mountains, grizzly heat and mopane savannah.
All rooms at the lodge have en suite bathrooms and much needed air conditioning. The thatched living area houses the restaurant, bar, bistro and a small curio shop. If the air conditioning in the rooms is much needed, the pool is essential and its lush lawn and thatched gazebo will provide a welcome retreat after a days bird watching and interaction with the proud Himba.
A little out of town and smaller, quieter and more rustic is Mopane Camp - the younger sibling to Ohakane Lodge and another excellent base camp for exploring the Kunene region. Both lodges offer day trips and longer excursions that take you deep into the uncharted territories camping overnight wherever ample shade can be found.
En suite rooms; air conditioning; bar; restaurant; curio shop; swimming pool; in the centre of town, close to basic amenities and beer halls
Guided tours to Himba villages; guided multi-day excursions into Kaokoland
Page last updated: 17 Sep 2013