Opuwo is the capital of the Kunene Region of Namibia. It is also the only town of any consequence in the area and therefore an important base from which to explore the Kaokoland area and visit the nomadic Himba people. There aren't any tourist attractions here, but as it's the only settlement in the area where petrol and a limited supplies of groceries can be purchased, so it warrants at least a last-minute shopping trip.
It's out of the way location is emphasized with commercial buildings surrounded by traditional rondavels and Himba huts. It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that Opuwo in Herero means 'The End
The main C43 road from Palmwag to Opuwo as well as the C41 from Ruacana are gravel roads in relatively good condition and can generally be traversed in a sedan car (although during the rainy season the road system in the entire region becomes trickier). During the dry season it is also often possible to drive north from Opuwo towards Epupa (on the C43) in a sedan vehicle but the rest of the roads around Opuwo are little more than tracks and generally require a four wheel drive.
Opuwo has petrol, shops with limited supplies, several lodges and markets where you can purchase Himba jewellery.
There are a number of decent hotels and lodges in the area, including Ohakane Lodge and Mopane Tented Camp (under the same management) and Opuwo Country Hotel.
A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements
Previously this only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls. A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls
On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha
On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls
An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area.
An excellent lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must
In the village of Opuwo, this is a basic tented camp
One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland
Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants
On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.
A comfortable tented camp close to the Epupa falls
This is one of the newer lodges in Opuwo - it has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis
Up-market luxury safari camp on the Kunene River - only reachable by light aircraft