Why we like it
- Tented camp set in one of Namibia’s most remote regions
- Beautiful views of the Kunene River
- There’s a wide range of activities on offer, including walking, fishing and 4x4 nature drives
- Our top tip: take the time to meet some of the semi-nomadic Himba, Tjimba and other Herero – this is one of the best places in Africa to experience tribal culture
About Okahirongo River Camp
Tucked away in Marienfluss – a rugged wilderness in northwest Namibia – Okahirongo River Camp is an intimate desert retreat with a strong sense of place. Okahirongo’s close connection with the environment and local Himba guides means it’s one of the few places where you can gain a deeper understanding of semi-nomadic culture and meet some of Africa’s oldest tribal communities.
Guided walks and fishing are on offer, as well as 4x4 nature drives and cruises on the Kunene River. Adventures take on a gentler pace and it’s easy to relax, though keep an eye out for thrilling sightings of crocodiles and elusive desert lions. Then there are sundowners surrounded by the rusty red earth of Red Moon Valley.
Stylish tents are built into the rocks, positioned to make the most of the riverfront setting. Inspired by an ‘African-chic’ style, each tent features a canopied bed and private bathroom, with the option of a hot indoor or outdoor shower. Gaze out from your large private deck by day and drift off to the sound of the flowing river at night.
The camp’s main area perches dramatically above the rapids, where a pool provides the chance to cool off. Dinner is served in the mess tent or under the stars and, for a refreshing dessert in the desert, there’s creamy homemade Italian gelato.
Camp staff take sustainability seriously; Okahirongo runs on 100% solar power, leaving a minimal footprint on the environment.