Kunene Region




Kunene is the most north-westerly of the 14 regions of Namibia with a large proportion of the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert, and directly adjacent to the province located in Angola Cunene. Both regions received its name from the border river Kunene.

With a population of only 68 224 inhabitants on an area of 144,254 km ², Kunene is one of the least populated regions of Namibia. The region is home to the ethnic group of the Himba. Capital and administrative seat is Opuwo.


The Kunene region covers large parts of the upper Skeleton Coast on the South Atlantic to the Kunenedelta and the border with Angola, and - following the lying directly on the coast Namib desert - large parts of Kaokoland and Damaraland. Major mountain ranges are the giraffes mountains, the Hartmann Mountains, the Joubert Mountains, the Onjuwaebene that Otjihipaberge and the cliff edge mountains. Direction east borders the Kunene to the Etosha National Park.


Since the independence of Namibia, the United Democratic Front (UDF), the relative majority of the 6 (six) Kunene Regional Council members, who are elected every five years in the Capital Region Opuwo. Governor Joshua is currently ǁ Hoebeb [ Khi 1].

Administrative divisions

Kunene is divided into six constituencies: