Located at the T-junction from Opuwo, leading to Warmquelle on the left and Sesfontein on the right, the residents of Anabeb Farm have an interesting vantage on Kunene as a crossroads between well-worn ways of life and the demands of an ever-hastening world. Tourism in Kunene, and indeed across Namibia, has been increasing in recent years and in 2015 represented more than 3% of the country’s GDP.* Tourists have become a common site along the main roads in Kunene, bringing income and a growing foreign influence to the region. While the communal conservancies help local residents receive direct and indirect benefits from tourism this increase is not without costs to farmers. Highly sought-after wildlife, such as elephants, leopard, and lions, can be difficult for farmers to live with on a day-to-day basis. As Harold Ganuseb, a Damara farmer residing at Anabeb Farm noted, “Lions do not follow rain; lions follow their stomachs.” As the recent drought has taken its toll this has often meant that lions follow their stomachs to farms like Mr. Ganuseb’s. The demands of living in Kunene and the desires of the outside world are often on-display as Kunene’s residents navigate a shared world of people and animals.
* Source: World Travel and Tourism Council, Economic Impact 2015 – Namibia