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Settlement Puros

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Located in Namibia :: Kaokoland  :: Puros Area
Category: Places :: Settlement

Before colonial times, Kaokoland was mostly inhabited by the Ovambo, Nama and Herero people. In the second half of the 19th century, a group of Herero crossed the Kunene River, migrating north to what is now Angola, joining with the Bushmen in Southern Angola. The modern day Himba people, which is the most represented ethnic group in Kaokoland, originated from this Angolan Herero group. In 1884, Kaokoland became part of German South West Africa and Namibian Herero changed much of their habits and costumes as a consequence of German rule. However, the Himba retained much of their traditional, nomadic and pastoral habits.

Traveller Description

Although Puros doesn't offer much as a town, the area is very popular amongst overlanders as it offers a taste of the real beauty and remoteness of Kaokoland. Puros can be reached with a sedan vehicle with high clearance but you will need an off-road vehicle if you want to explore the dry riverbeds.

The Puros elephants are one of only two desert-dwelling elephant populations in the world that live in dry riverbeds. The Hoarusib riverbed is not only frequented by desert-adapted elephant but also giraffe, rhino, kudu, zebra, ostrich and smaller animals like jackal and the desert chameleon.

Address :  Kaokoland, Namibia
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  MTC

Destination Information
Petrol Diesel Intermittent Diesel Supply Basic Food Supplies Lodging Camping Liquor Airstrip Towing Service
Towing Service Telephone :  +264(0)81 129 7490 ( Polka 24hr services)
Intermittent Diesel Supply

Travelling Information

Fuel may be available in containers, at a higher price.
Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia.
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are legal payment instruments, but many fuel stations choose NOT to accept Debit and/or Credit cards. But generally credit cards are accepted at garages in bigger and touristy towns. Take extra cash with still in case!

Puros can be reached with a sedan vehicle with high clearance but you will need an off-road vehicle if you want to explore the dry riverbeds.

The shop is very basic, but does sell cold beer!

No tow-in in the area but Polka 24hr services this area they are based in Okahandja.+264(0)81 129 7490. Alternative tow-in numbers: +264 (0)62 500 132 / +264(0)62 504 250.

 Travel Tip!

Get a local guide to take you on a day trip down the dry Hoarusib riverbed. You will see breathtaking landscapes and vistas down to the Skeleton Coast. You will also cross mountain ranges and many wet and dry riverbeds. You will marvel at the variety of animals and birds to be seen, and learn about the plants and people of the region when you visit a Himba village.

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