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The Uniab River

Rivers of Namibia

The Uniab, an ephemeral river, is perhaps best-known as desert-adapted elephant country. Black rhino, giraffe, Hartmann's mountain zebra, oryx, springbok and kudu, also visit the Uniab riverbed. There is also a large predator presence in and around the river, including lion, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Birdlife is prolific, with most of Namibia's endemics present.

Rhino tracking is a specialty of Desert Rhino Camp, a mobile camp run in conjunction with the 'Save the Rhino Trust'. This exciting and popular activity starts early in the morning, and generally you will be driven to within 1km of the rhino, before approaching on foot, close enough to get a great view, but not so close as to disturb the animals.

Another way to view the Uniab River is from the air on a the Skeleton Coast (Uniab River Flight).

Rivers of Namibia

  • Uniab River: Digging Elephant
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Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements

Epupa Falls Lodge

A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls

Fort Sesfontein

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area

Kunene River Lodge

n great 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. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges

Mopane Camp

A campsite near the village of Opuwo

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Camp

A comfortable tented camp, on the banks of the Kunene River, close to the Epupa falls

Opuwo Country Lodge

On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis

Serra Cafema

Up-market luxury safari camp in a spectacuar setting overlooking the Kunene River. A range of activities are included and a highlight is a visit to the local Himba community

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