Namacunde is a simple town and, like many towns in this area, it is strung out along a road. The road here is busy as it is the principal route between the crossing into Namibia at Santa Clara (which the Namibians call Oshikango) and Ondjiva, the largest town in Cunene province and the location of the regional government.
From the road the ‘town’ comprises a few low level brick built buildings, numerous jobbing shop garages, a police station, a small medical facility, a handful of buildings which house some limited form of manufacturing and a number of shacks from which small business enterprises operate.
The land for miles around is flat. There are substantial numbers of majestic trees, although they are reasonably far apart and couldn’t be referred to as woods or forest. The land is dusty and sandy, although there are areas of richer soil.