Opuwo

Travel Guide Africa Namibia Opuwo

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Introduction

Opuwo is the main town of the Kaokoland area, and the capital of the wider Kunene region, in northwestern Namibia. It has a population of 12,000.

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Sights and Activities

Himba People, Marienfluss, Desert Elephants, Van Zyl's pass (4x4), Traditional villages of the Himba, Herero and Dhimba people.

Walk around one of the most interesting towns in Africa and experience it's diverse people. Buy some cultural ornaments from the street markets and support the local economy. Drive to Epupa waterfalls (180km north) or a nearby traditional village.

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Getting There

About 720km north-northwest from Windhoek. The road is now tarred/paved all the way from Windhoek to Opuwo.

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Getting Around

Hire a car in Windhoek (preferably a 4x4 to visit remote villages). A normal sedan will reach Opuwo easily.

Actually with a capable sedan on good tires it is possible to reach Epupa Falls also - but do not attempt this in a car with poor tyres, and as there is one or two steep hills rear wheel drive is preferable.

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Eat

  • Kaokoland Restaurant (just outside OK Grocer, the main supermarket) - breakfast, lunch and dinner. The only "standard" restaurant in town. The outside area is a nice spot to watch people selling their wares. Pizza from 55N$, other meals 35-130N$.

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Drink

  • Facebook Bar (on the main road). All day except early morning hours. The place to be on Friday nights. Loud music and all the locals. Drinks are seldom cold and occasionally sold out. Buy at other shebeens nearby and bring in, nobody will care. A quart (750ml) of good beer below 20N$.

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Sleep

  • ABBA guesthouse. Accessible, Beautiful, Budget Accommodation. Clean, en suite bathrooms, hot water, free internet, TV in reception room, in the center of Opuwo. Profits from ABBA go towards running a feeding scheme in Opuwo for between 50 and 150 orphans and vulnerable children daily. Profits are used to send teaching teams to Himba villages and will soon start drilling water wells in some remote villages. From N$80 per person per night.
  • Kunene Village Rest Camp. Solar hot water, friendly staff. Guides can be arranged for visits to local Himba villages or to Epupa Falls. Campsite run as a non-profit enterprise by Namibian NGO supporting local communities by providing training and advice on rural development and nature conservation. Profits from camping go towards providing workshops and other training for conservancy members around NW Kunene. camping accommodation for $60 pppn ($30 for children).
  • Ohakane Lodge (downtown off the main road). Ugly from the outside, very nice inside. Pool, lapa, good breakfast and friendly staff. Aircon and TV in every room. Single: 500N$, double: 420N$ pp.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are Internet cafes in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Opuwo, and hostels often have access as well. Wifi is on the rise, but still not on the level of neighbouring South Africa.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Namibia's country code is 264. Each city or region has a two-digit area code. When calling long distance within Namibia, prefix the area code with a '0'. Mobile phones are very common and run on the GSM network, using the same frequency as Europe and the rest of Africa. Be aware that when you get off the beaten track signal can be erratic.

To avoid high costs, switch off data roaming and/or buy a local SIM card instead. Internet rates especially are extremely high still, but you will also save money on calling costs.

Post

Nampost is the national postal service of Namibia. It has post offices in most major cities and towns or postal services are incorporated within small shops in the smallest settlements. As for many countries in Southern Africa, services are actually fairly reliable but not very fast. Count on 2 weeks or more for postcards or letters to be send to countries in Europe or North America. Most post offices are open from 8:00 or 9:00am to around 4:30pm, with shorter hours (mornings) on Saturdays. Note that local variations may apply. For parcels, you might choose more expensive but faster companies like DHL, UPS, FedEx or TNT.

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