Himba Cultural Encounters

from £1540
excluding flights *
4 nights Year round


Travel far off the beaten track on a private safari to the remote northwestern reaches of Kaokoland, where the indigenous Himba people still follow a traditional way of life. Travelling from Damaraland, this itinerary explores Namibia’s far northwest with a focus on cultural encounters with the nomadic tribes of Kaokoland.


  • Meet local Himba and Herero people and learn more about their culture and traditions
  • Journey to Namibia’s northern border at the mighty Kunene River
  • Travel with a private guide to get the most out of your Namibian experience
  • Set up camp in the midst of spectacular wilderness areas

What's Included

  • Accommodation in two-man tents
  • All meals
  • House wine and beer with dinner
  • Private driver/guide throughout
  • Game drives and activities

Full description

Visit remote villages and meet herdsmen along the road as you head far off the beaten track. Your private guide will share stories of the local people’s way of life and explain their traditions and rituals.

Along the way you may also spot a variety of wildlife, mainly plains game but also desert adapted elephants and rhino if you are lucky.

Another highlight of this safari is the rare opportunity to reach Namibia’s northern border with Angola, marked by the Kunene River. Largely inaccessible, few visitors travel to this area. Your journey will be rewarded with a night at the stunning Epupa Falls, a welcome sight after your desert adventures.

Camping in the wilderness offers the chance to truly immerse yourself in the spectacular landscapes of Kaokoland. Surrounded by a vast and untouched terrain, here you are a privileged guest in the home of the Himba people.

Contact our Namibia specialists now
worldwide team erin glennie bw
Authentic holidays for passionate travellers

Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £700 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a tent

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
Year round 4 nights £1,540

What's Included

  • Accommodation in two-man tents with camp beds
  • All meals (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5)
  • Refreshing non-alcoholic drinks during drives
  • House wine and beer at dinner whilst camping
  • Private driver/guide services throughout
  • Game drives, activities, entrance and park fees
  • All applicable taxes and levies
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size:

Minimum group size: 2

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation


Day 1: Palmwag area - Hoarusib River Valley

Depart early this morning on your long journey north, travelling past native Herero villages en route to Kaoko Otavi, an old Dorsland trek settlement located just southwest of Opuwo. Here you will enjoy your first encounters with the nomadic Himba tribe. After a brief stop, continue west via several small Himba settlements and villages to the picturesque Hoarusib River Valley, an area often frequented by desert adapted wildlife. Your overnight camp will be set up near the dry riverbed.

Day 2: Hoarusib River Valley - Northwestern Kaokoland

Follow the ancient riverbed north into the heart of Kaokoland, with a good chance of passing local Himba herdsmen and their families along the way. The trail leads over striking mountain ranges and densely vegetated riverbeds as it winds its way towards the Kunene River. Another night of wild camping offers the chance to immerse yourself in the natural surrounds of this untouched corner of Namibia.

Day 3: Northwestern Kaokoland - Kunene River

Today’s destination is the breathtaking Epupa Falls on the mighty Kunene River, which forms the border between Namibia and Angola. Take a hike along the river to view the impressive waterfalls, before diving into one of the upper pools for a refreshing swim. Camp will be set up on the banks of the Kunene River.

Day 4: Kunene River - Otjomatemba

After breakfast your safari heads back south into central Kaokoland, travelling via the village of Okangwati; a major trading station of the Himba and Herero people of this area. Next, you will continue further south to the Otjomatemba area, a tranquil and very scenic part of southern Kaokoland.

Day 5: Otjomatemba to Palmwag area

Today you continue towards Sesfontein with a short visit to the colonial German fort of the same name. Journey to the Ongongo Waterfall for a picnic lunch, before arriving back in the Palmwag area late afternoon.


The joy of camping in Namibia is being able to get off the beaten track to experience the beautiful wilderness and nature. This trip is operated on a non participation basis so you can relax with a sundowner whilst the crew set up camp and prepare dinner.

On this trip you will be sleeping in a dome tent on a camping fold up bed with a comfortable mattress and a duvet. The tent also contains an electric tent lantern and bedside table and towels will be provided.

Bathroom facilities comprise a long-drop toilet, solar bucket shower (both one for every four guests) and a washing stand at the overnight camps.

There are no electrical supplies for charging batteries, so please ensure you carry a spare for your camera etc.

How to Book
Call us on 01737 214 250 to discuss your plans or
Enquire Now
Browse the website

Find a holiday idea or suggested itinerary that inspires you, then send an enquiry or call us

Personalised Quote

Your dedicated travel specialist will create a quote based on your preferences

Refine & Book

Together we’ll refine your itinerary until you’re happy and ready to book

You’re in safe hands

From the moment you book until you return home we’re here for you no matter what

You may also like

In Search of Desert Elephants and Black Rhinos

from £1047
excluding flights
3 nights Year round
Combine wildlife encounters with cultural discovery on this compact itinerary focusing on unique desert-adapted elephants of Damaraland
  • Wildlife
  • Escorted
  • Safari

Skeleton Coast Air Safari

from £5986
excluding flights
3 nights Year round
Explore the wild and remote Skeleton Coast on this unforgettable small group safari.
  • Wildlife
  • Escorted
  • Safari