Geography and history

The Kunene Province is situated in the north western parts of Namibia. It has a total population of approximately 89 000 inhabitants and is also known as Kaokoland. The Himba ethnic group are the local inhabitants of this province and the name of the province is derived from the Kunene River. This province’s capital is Opuwo and it borders Angola and five other provinces of the country – Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa and Erongo.

The capital town of Opuwo offers great outdoor activities with regards to water sports. It is conveniently located near the Kunene River where most visitors like to fish. Tourists who would like to visit the very popular and well-known Etosha National Park can do so by using the town of Outjo as a gateway. This town also offers many historical buildings and sites.


The Kunene Province offers tourists the chance to experience its beautiful landscapes by staying over in one of its many accommodation options. There are guest houses, bed and breakfasts, hotels, lodges, self-catering units and camping sites available in the area. Please go to our accommodation directory for more information on places to stay in the area.


The business community of the Kunene Province is doing well thanks to local businesses and the bordering country of Angola. There are many stalls, shops, local products and great restaurants in the area. Please see our business directory for a list of businesses you will find in the region. The activities and attractions in the region are mostly of historical and outdoor nature. Please view our activities directory for a complete list of things to do.