NAMIBIA PHOTO LIBRARY: KAOKOVELD: KUNENE REGION

 

SERIOUS WARNING TO FOREIGN TOURISTS

A serious word of warning should be levelled travelling "off-road" in the Kunene Region (Kaokoland). Inexperienced foreign tourists should never leave the proclaimed road network. If they travel "off-road" then they should never travel with one vehicle only and they should ask advice from knowledgeable Namibians. They should use appropriate vehicles and equipment with sufficient fuel and water. Tracks outside Namibia's excellent road system are remote and desolate and are in many cases never properly built and are not maintained. Even if travelling on Namibia's well maintained gravel and earth roads, a speed of 90 km/h should never be exceeded.

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FROM OTJIKUARE (WERDA) VIA OPUWO TO KAOKO OTAVI AND SESFONTEIN

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Sunset at Otjikuare at the northwestern Corner of the Etosha Pan: First View of the Kaokoveld or Kaokoland (Kaoko means "Place of Silence", there was also an Ovahimba Chief with the name of Kaoko), September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba Woman at Opuwo in the Kaokoveld, Photo taken in 1978. Himba Women wear an assortment of necklaces, belts and straps, when dressed up for an important event or ceremony, weigh around 12 kg. Made from leather, iron beads and other decorations and packed with otjize (a mixture of ochre and butter fat), the ondengura is worn on the back of the neck. On the head the wear the leather erembe, the head-dress indicative of a married woman, fixed on top of her elaborate hairstyle of otjize-smeared plaits. Widows mourning for their husbands remove the erembe. In the front, worn between the bare breasts, is a large magnificent single shell, a symbol of fertility.
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba Village north of Opuwo, 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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District Road 3700: Opuwo to Okonguati: 20 km west of Opuwo in the Kaokoveld, Kaokoland Expedition 1978, Alexander Dierks and Katrin Dierks-Lecomte in the Foreground
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Kaoko Otavi or Oruhita (Otavi is an indigenous Tree: Tree of Chief Kaoko), southwest of Opuwo in the Kaokoveld, Photo taken in 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovaherero Women at Kaoko Otavi, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovaherero and Ovahimba Women at Kaoko Otavi, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ruins of the Dorslandtrekker Church of Kaoko Otavi of the Year 1879, Photo taken September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Images of the Kaoko Otavi Fontain, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Main Road 124: Opuwo-Kaoko Otavi-Sesfontein, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Baobab Tree along Main Road 124: Opuwo-Kaoko Otavi-Sesfontein, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Joubert Pass on Main Road 124: Opuwo-Kaoko Otavi-Sesfontein, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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FROM KAOKO OTAVI THROUGH THE HOARUSIB VALLEY TO SANITATAS

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Ovahimba Village in the Hoarusib Valley west of Kaoko Otavi in the Kaokoveld, Photo taken in 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba Girls in a Village in the Hoarusib Valley, 1978: Once girls have been initiated as "women", girls trade their lambskin aprons for sheep or goatskin skirts. The hairstyle is still the one worn during puberty, but the skin dress and additional beaded strings around her waist indicate that they have been given the rite of passage to adulthood.
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Hoarusib Valley east of Sanitatas, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Waterholes of Sanitatas in the Hoarusib Valley: Home of the Black Rhinoceros, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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FROM OKONGUATI (OTIJANDJASEMO) VIA EPEMBE TO SWARTBOOISDRIFT AT THE KUNENE

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Married Ovahimba Woman at Otjijandjasemo west of Okonguati: Photo taken in 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba Men at Otjijandjasemo west of Okonguati, 1978: To the left there is an old man at the Otjijandjasemo-Quelle. In the event of a man's wife dying, he will undo his hair and wear it uncovered for one year to indicate that he is mourning. The young man to the right wears a necklace made from pearls. Often he is wearing an omatupa, a necklace made of bones.
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Images of the Otjijandjasemo Hot Springs west of Okonguati, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba Village north-west of Okonguati near Omuhonga, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba in a Village north-west of Okonguati near Omuhonga, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ondoto River near Epembe east of Okonguati: Kaokoveld, Photo taken in 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba at Epembe, Photos taken in 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ondoto River near Epembe east of Okonguati: Kaokoveld, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Omuhimba at Epembe, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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District Road 3701: Epembe - Swartbooisdrift: View to the Ehomba Mountain: Kaokoveld, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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District Road 3701: Epembe - Swartbooisdrift: View from the Mountains North of Epembe in Direction Swartbooisdrift: Kaokoveld, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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District Road 3701: Epembe - Swartbooisdrift: View from the Mountains North of Epembe in Direction South into the Kaokoveld, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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District Road 3701: Epembe - Swartbooisdrift: Ovahimba from the Huila Province in Angola at the Ondoto River, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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View from Swartbooisdrift to the Zebra Mountains, Photo taken in 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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View from Swartbooisdrift to the Zebra Mountains, Photo taken in September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Dorslandtrekker Monument and Grave at Swartbooisdrift, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba Village near Swartbooisdrift at the Kunene River, 1978: On the right side one sees an old man who due to the death of his wife, he undid his hair and wear it uncovered for one year to indicate that he is mourning.
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Swartbooisdrift at the Kunene River, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Kunene River at Swartbooisdrift, 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Kunene River at Swartbooisdrift: View from the Dorslandtrekker Monument into Angola, September 2004
Copyright of Photos Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Kunene River at Swartbooisdrift, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Our Camping Site at the Kunene River at Swartbooisdrift, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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View from Swartbooisdrift in Direction of the Baynes Mountains, near the Epupa Falls, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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FROM RUACANA TO SWARTBOOISDRIFT AND EPUPA ALONG THE KUNENE RIVER

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District Road 3700: Ruacana Falls to Swartbooisdrift: Landscapes, February 2002
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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District Road 3700: Swartbooisdrift to the Epupa Falls with the Zebra Mountains in the Background, 1978 (The Standard of the District Road is not higher in the year 2004)
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Kunene River east of the Epupa Falls, on the right-hand Side lies Angola, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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THE EPUPA FALLS IN THE KUNENE RIVER

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The Beginning of the Epupa Falls, in the Background lies Angola, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Beginning of the Epupa Falls: View to the East upstream, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Beginning of the Epupa Falls, in the Background lies Angola, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Beginning of the Epupa Falls on the Namibian Side, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba Girls at the Epupa Falls on the Namibian Side, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Epupa Falls: View into the Main Gorge to the West: with Baobab Trees on the right-hand Side, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Epupa Falls: View into the Main Gorge to the West: with Baobab Trees on the right-hand Side, September 2004
Copyright: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Epupa Falls, View to the North-East into Angola, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Epupa Falls, View to the East with Baobab Trees on the Namibian Side, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Epupa Falls, View to the North-East into Angola, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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View on the Epupa Falls from  a Hilltop, a former South African Army Observation Spot, Panorama from the South East (Namibia) to the North East (Angola), September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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View on the Epupa Falls from  a Hilltop at Sunset, with my Daughter Annette Dierks to the Right, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Our Camp Site at the Epupa Falls on a Hilltop at Sunset, with the Baynes Mountains in the Background, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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View from our Camp Site at the Epupa Falls on a Hilltop at Sunrise, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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View from our Camp Site at the Epupa Falls on a Hilltop with the Baynes Mountains in the Background, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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FROM EPUPA TO OKONGUATI

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Grave of the Ovahimba Chief Wozombu Rumuno near the Epupa Falls, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Graves of the Ovahimba Chiefs Wozombu Rumuno and Ipundua Rutjindo near the Epupa Falls, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Scenes of the Village Omuramba of Ovahimba Chief Kapika along District Road 3700 between Epupa and Okonguati, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Hut of the "Holy Fire" in the Village Omuramba of Ovahimba Chief Kapika along District Road 3700 between Epupa and Okonguati, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Hut of Ovahimba Chief Kapika at Omuramba along District Road 3700 between Epupa and Okonguati, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba Girl near Ondova along District Road 3700 between Epupa and Okonguati, September 2004
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ondova River near District Road 3700 between Epupa and Okonguati, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Young Ovahimba Men near Ondova, playing "African Chess", at the District Road 3700 between Epupa and Okonguati, September 2004
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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FROM EPUPA VIA OTJITANDA INTO THE MARIENFLUSS VALLEY

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Otjitanda in the western Kaokoveld, Photos taken in 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Ovahimba in Otjitanda, Photos taken in 1978: Married men (second photo to the left) indicate their marital status by wearing turbans of softened skeepskin. Their long hair is set into a rest. Ash, pieces of bark and sticks are used to fold their hair into the required shape, which is anointed with aromatic herbs and plants before covering with the leather cloth. Since this haistyle appeals to insects both as food and as shelter, the Himba men keep a stick handy, called an okati, to scratch their heads.
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Kaokoland Landscape between Otjitanda and Etanga, 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Landscape between Otjitanda and Van Zyl's Pass, 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Escarpment to the Marienfluss at the Edge to the northern Namib Desert in the western Kaokoveld (Van Zyl's Pass), Photos taken in July 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Escarpment to the Marienfluss at the Edge to the northern Namib Desert in the western Kaokoveld (Van Zyl's Pass), Photos taken in July 1991
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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At the Foot of the Escarpment to the Marienfluss (Van Zyl's Pass) still some lonely Ovahimba are living, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The enigmatic Circles in the Plains of the Marienfluss: A Theory establishes that these Circles are created by a Termite Species: the Hodotermes Mossambicus, 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Makalani Palm Trees near the Conjunction of the Marienfluss with the Kunene River, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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The Kunene River at the Conjunction with the Marienfluss, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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A small Ovahimba Village near the Conjunction of the Marienfluss with the Kunene River, Photos taken 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Dancing Ovahimba Girls at the Village near the Conjunction of the Marienfluss with the Kunene River, 1978
Copyright of Photos: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Blind Ovahimba Woman at the Village near the Conjunction of the Marienfluss with the Kunene River, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Kunene River below the Confluence with the Marienfluss in the Direction of the Hartmann Mountains, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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Kunene River below the Confluence with the Marienfluss in the Direction of the Hartmann Mountains, 1978 (with Katrin Dierks-Lecomte in the Foreground)
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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FROM THE MARIENFLUSS VALLEY ("RED DRUM") TO ANGRA FRIA AT THE SKELETON COAST AND PURROS IN THE HOARUSIB VALLEY

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"Red Drum" at Road Junction between Orupembe, Marienfluss and Angra Fria at the Skeleton Coast at the Atlantic Ocean, 1978
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

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On Road to Angra Fria at the Skeleton Coast at the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 20 km east of Angra Fria), July 1991
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Angra Fria at the Skeleton Coast at the Atlantic Ocean (Scene of the Dunedin Star Disaster 1942/43), July 1991
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Purros in the Hoarusib Valley at the Edge of the Namib Desert, 1985 
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