In the Erongo-Kunene region of northwestern Namibia, 12 000 hectares have been set aside by the ≠Khoadi-//Hôas community for conservation and tourism. The area is characterised by the granite hills and flat-topped basalt ranges, a remnant of volcanic activity during the final breakup of the Gondwana supercontinent 128 million years ago.

The area – the ≠Khoadi-//Hôas – offers something for every traveller: an upmarket lodge, a full-service camping site, and a “sidetrack” route for explorers passing through. Visitors can discover this remote wilderness either by foot, bicycle, or car, experiencing the inhabitants of this arid biosphere as well as the surprising diversity of wildlife it holds.

Communal areas of Namibia – including conservancies and communal forests – cover approximately 40% of the country. They have been set aside for livelihood use and benefit by and for local communities and are based on the premise that local people are the best custodians of indigenous resources and their sustainable management.