Kaokoland lies in the NW corner of Namibia's Kunene Region. Today it remains the most 'untouched' and remote part of the country, much of it still only accessible by 4x4 on hardcore tracks - not for the faint-hearted!
Puros - extremely remote village set amongst stunning mountain scenery, only accessible by 4x4, approximately 5 hours' drive from Opuwo to the south-west. Puros is particularly well-known for its desert elephants which are commonly to be found in the riverbed behind the village - and make regular visits to Puros Bush Lodge and Campsite! Also home to desert lions.
The local people in Kaokoland are mainly Herero and Himba. These two tribes are closely related and both speak Otjiherero. Many Herero people, particularly younger ones, speak good English and Afrikaans. Amongst traditional Himbas however, you are unlikely to find any that speak other languages. If you are looking for help or advice, general advice is to aim for a younger person in Western dress.
Photographs on the official Michel Piccaya website: http://watchtheworld.net
Michel Piccaya is an independent and freelance travel photographer. Currently based in Brussels from where he works on assignments & personal projects.
As a travel photographer, my studio is the world outside my door and the only equipment I need is a camera and a fervency to look for new horizons. Subject or location does not restrict me, only by an obligation to record the world we see with honesty and compassion. More than just exotic locations and wild adventures, travel photography is about seeing our surroundings with fresh eyes and childlike enthusiasm.
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