One of Namibia's 14 regions, Kunene is located in the North-western part of Namibia, occupying an area of 115 293 square kilometres, making it the second largest region in the country after //Karas Region. Kunene’s location, with a myriad of attractions, makes it a prime destination. Sitting with the Skeleton Coast to the west, Kunene River in the north which forms the border between Namibia and Angola, Omusati to the East, the globally renowned Etosha National Park to the South-East, and Erongo and Otjozondjupa Regions to the South, the region has much to offer.
Home of the Ovahimba people, a group culturally rich, Kunene is known for its virgin landscape and diversity. The region boasts the presence of many famous tourist attractions such as The Skeleton Coast, the Petrified Forest, Epupa Falls and the World Heritage Site. 36 of the 79 registered communal conservancies in Namibia are in Kunene region. Kunene has something for everyone, be it thrill seekers looking for adventure tourism or tranquillity lovers looking for a serene slice of Namibia to explore. Like the rest of the nation, the climate is arid with a very short wet season extending from February to April so visitors to the region should come prepared for long dry spells and often sauna-like temperatures.
Travellers are encouraged to stock up on bottles of water, sunscreen and summer hats when venturing out into the beautiful Kunene wild.
The first rains usually fall in October and November followed by a dry spell in December. There are occasional dust storms between August and October. Kunene’s summer temperatures range between 14 and 35 degrees Celsius, and the winter temperatures range between 5 and 26 degrees Celsius. The terrain, which consists of mountains, rocky plains and valleys, gradually becomes desert land towards the Skeleton Coast.
Kunene region is divided into seven constituencies, namely Kamanjab, Outjo, Sesfontein Opuwo Rural, Opuwo Urban, Epupa and Khorixas. Each constituency has individual characteristics that set it apart from the rest, giving them all distinct identifying marks in the region. Kunene’s diversity stretches from landscape to people, making it a rich destination for those with anthropological interests. If you are an investor looking for a new venture, Kunene is ripe with possibilities. A wealth of untapped opportunities waits to be explored in agriculture, mining, tourism and trade & industry. Kunene promises great returns for anyone willing to take a leap and dive into this wildly tranquil, diverse area, partner with the locals and discover resources still hidden under the region’s maiden land.