East of the Skeleton Coast Park lies a very rugged area that is one of Namibia’s most scenic regions – Kaokoland. Pronounce it “Coco-land” to sound like you know your apples! It is a starkly beautiful landscape of table top mountains, cone shaped hills, and rock- strewn plains where desert dwelling elephant, rhino and giraffe roam. The region is also home the home of the nomadic Himba people, who migrate seasonally with their herds of livestock in search of grazing, much as they did a century ago. Covering some 49,500km sq, Kaokoland stretches from the Hoanib River northward to the Kunene. Among its scenic attractions are the Epupa and Ruacana Falls, as well as the rapids at Enyandi and Ondorusu.
Though wildlife encounters are rare, you may be lucky enough to see giraffe, mountain zebra, gemsbok, black-faced impala, springbok. The northern border of Namibia follows the perennial Kunene River through an almost barren landscape towards the Skeleton Coast and the northern reaches of the Namib Desert. Two of southern Africa's rarest birds - the cinderella waxbill and the rufous-tailed palm thrush - live in the tropical belt of vegetation along the river.
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