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16/07/2011

Mountains in Kaokoland, Namibia


This photo was taken in Kaokoland (also called Kaokoveld), an area in Northern Namibia, in the Kunene Region. It is one of the wildest and less populated areas in Namibia, with a population density of one person every 2 km², that is 1/4 of the national average. The most represented ethnic group is the Himba people, that accounts for about 5,000 of the overall 16,000 inhabitants of Kaokoland. The main settlement in Kaokoland is the city of Opuwo.
Kaokoland used to be a bantustan of South West Africa during the apartheid era. While it was intended to be a self-governing Himba homeland, an actual government was never established. Like other homelands in South West Africa, the Kaokoland bantustan was abolished in may 1989, at the beginning of the transition of Namibia towards independence. "Kaokoland" remained as an informal name for the geographic area.

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