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      Kaokland-Hoanib

      One of the Last true Wild Areas in Namibia

      Located in north-western Namibia, this area includes towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. The Hoanib River is one of the 12 ephemeral seasonal rivers in the west of Namibia, where it was the border between northern Damaraland and Kaokoland. Low population density, the oasis character of the river valley and the relatively high wildlife population make Hoanib one of the last true wilderness areas in Namibia and one of the last settlements of desert adapted elephants. The Hoanib River flows only every few years from heavy rainfall in the hinterland of its catchment area, but then the flood wave can be several meters high and last for several days. A large part of the water seeps into and contributes to a large underground aquifer, so that even in dry years there is groundwater. Surrounding groundwater forms efflorescence used by many antelope as salt licks. During dry periods Hoanib desert elephant use their feet to dig deep holes to reach the near-surface groundwater.

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