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Opuwo, which is the capital of the Kunene region is connected Kamanjab and Windhoek through paved roads. Situated 720 kilometres northwest of Windhoek, make sure to make Opuwo one of your stops in your self-drive adventure to Namibia
The word opuwo, in Herero, means ‘the end’, but it certainly should not hinder you from visiting the town. Spend a few days here to experience traditional culture and get to know the indigenous people of Opuwo. Here you will find the very friendly Himba people, who are semi-nomadic, pastoral and they speak OtjiHimba. The Herero people, which you may also find in other parts of Namibia, are cattle-herding pastoralists and their caste system is based on the number of cattle that is owned. Meanwhile, another tribe you can meet here are the Dhimba who speak Zemba and are Sub-Saharan African people.
In Opuwo, you will also be able to see the Epupa Falls, which is also known as the Monte Negro Falls in Angola, located in the border of the Angola and the Kaokoland. It’s name “Epupa’ comes from the Herero word for ‘foam’ referencing the foam created by the falling water. You will be able to reach the waterfalls, which spreads up to 1.5 kilometres, with a 4WD. In the vicinity you will find lush fauna with fig trees, baobabs and makalani palms.
If you have a well-equipped 4X4, then drive away to Marienfluss, a valley with soft sand road in the savannah The valley is the gateway to the infamous Van Zyl’s Pass. The pass is located between two very steep mountain ranges. To get there, you must take the the D3703 district through Okangwati. The pass is dangerous and one must be well-versed and brave enough to get through. You can also drive your way through Namibia's other towns such as Otavi, Tsumeb and Walvis Bay.