The remote and extremely arid Kaokoveld is arguably best known for the nomadic Himba people, who live with their livestock along the banks of the Kunene River. These dignified, gentle people rub a fine powder made from a mixture of butter and ochre from crushed rocksonto their skin, giving them a striking,red appearance. Although modern-day pressures are slowly changing their traditional ways, and some Himba are making a living by posing for photographs and selling articles to tourists, it is still possible to see Himba people go about their daily lives in a relatively traditional manner.

You will encounter a few species of wildlife in the area, but not enough to make this the main focus of a trip to the region. However, there are a few sought-after birds in the area, such as the Cinderella waxbill and rufous-tailed palm-thrush.

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Photo gallery: Himba, Hearts of Sand

Travel diary: Himba – Photographing from the shadows

Travel diary: One Month with the Himba

Photo gallery: Himba – Wild Born

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