Epupa Falls
Epupa Falls
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Margot Solomon
Labuan Bajo, Indonesia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Worth every dusty mile to get to epupa falls. Unspoilt beautiful oasis. Contact Ruiter for local guided tours +264 81 428 1342. He is very knowledgable about birding, flora in the area, and offers tours including walks to the falls, bird tours, crocodile tours, himba village tour.
Written 25 May 2023
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Connie
Province of Bergamo, Italy520 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
We experienced Epupa Falls at the end of August 2013. To us it was an Oasis in the dessert after the dusty road from Opuwo to Epupa Falls. Dusty but lovely!!!!! There are three camps on the Kunene River at Epupa (now I know well). The first one is EPUPA FALLS CAMP as you enter Epupa Falls. Lovely spaced campsite as well as newly built Lodge Accommodation for 950 Namibian Dollar per night per room overlooking the river. This Lodge has a Bar with a wooden deck. No electricity at any of the campsites (what a shock to us!) but one can load your items at this Bar for 5 Namibian Dollar per item.

Next to Epupa Falls Camp, you fine a private Lodge OMARUNGA also with camping facilities - smaller campsites than the other two camps next door. This Lodge has a lovely pool.

The third and last Camp on the Kunene river is EPUPA CAMP - a short bumpy drive through the local village to get here but you will find a very outgoing energetic lady to welcome and help you. Here one can recharge your car fridge etc. at reception between 18h00 and 22h00 (if I remember well) and their campsites are further down the river. If you don't mind being further down the river, these campsite are VERY SPACIOUS with enough open bathrooms. Sunsets over the Kunene river from this campsite is SO BEAUTIFUL!. Certainly the best campsite on the Falls and although a bit far from the Lodge itself, our neighbours went by foot for dinner at the Lodge. No problem!

I noticed another Lodge on the hill further back from the river Camps - could be Kapika Camp but this one is not on the river bed.

We joined other tourists to visit a local Himba Village about 15 km from Epupa Falls (100 Namibian Dollars per person plus 50 Nam Dollars per person for food to the Himbas) which the tour guide buy from a local shop at Epupa. I was surprised to know there was this little shop for the locals. The Himba tour was fantastic and a must on your list. The children enjoyed our visit very much. Our guide was JOHN - a Himba and he speaks a few Italian words by now!

Our walk along the river on the rocky mountain to the "white sandy beach" was so unique. But NO swimming as there are crocodiles in the river. We crossed a Himba lady with her donkey but she was very rude as my money was apparently not enough to take a photo which she did'nt allow me. But I got a good shot from behind as she walked away and a lovely pic! From the Himba tour, I've come to learn that there are two groups of Himbas and they don't like each other. The Namibian side and the Angola side.

All and all, we have lovely memories of Epupa Falls. There are so much poverty and everywhere local people ask for anything. It did'nt rain during the previous summer and there are no food for many animals nor water. Very sad. We bought some bananas, bread, maize, rice etc to give to some people but the poverty is shocking! The road from Kamanjab to Opuwo was boring and hot and dry with animals almost dying from thirst. Really sad.

Do visit Epupa - most people stay 3 nights: I understand why!
Written 17 September 2013
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MarkfromtheIsland
Duncan, Canada802 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
So if you want to see falls there then check the time of year.

There are NO falls in September, October.

I suspect that when there ARE falls they'd still be difficult to see or photograph. Such is the nature of the area (and the area is absolutely horrible)

The landscape and river walk nearby the falls is quite nice. Just be careful walking or photographing alone as thieves are present. We got robbed here.
Written 7 November 2017
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Mireille H
Fjenneslev, Denmark125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
Not so easy to reach Epupa falls, but the beauty of the place is worth the long journey !
It's a pleasure to see water again after driving through Damaraland ....Geologically the region is very interesting too, not to forget the chance to meet Himbas at their settlement, It's a great experience ! We lodged in a very cosy tented camp on the bank of the Kunene river enjoying some divine sunset, a rich birdslife and the possibility to walk to the falls. They are not the bigest,
or the deepest falls in Africa, they have their own unique beauty.....
Written 17 April 2014
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GlobetrottersSweden
Sweden143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Nice with some green in the very dry Namibian landscape but a very long way to drive. It is a good idea to bring some school books or clothes, they can be traded for souvenirs in the village.
Written 2 July 2015
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awardemmy
Ghent, Belgium104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Great to have a morning or evening walk, be sure to go there around sunset. Very relaxing and quiet area, we were alone when we were walking there which is also nice.
Written 12 February 2020
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Karl V
Antwerp, Belgium26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Epupa falls provide a fantastic view, palm trees lining the water side, baobabs isolated on rocks between water masses smashing down the rocks. Take the walk up the hill and pay 40 N$ to the nice lady awaiting you there.
Written 23 July 2018
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samanthak27
Carlisle, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Take time to see the falls at different times of the day...we liked sunrise and sunset but take time to sit and watch the insect and the human life that visit the falls...stunning dragon flies...himba ladies washing clothes.
Written 3 March 2018
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Robert
London, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
PERFECT FOR SUNDOWNERS! It's a real beautiful gem in Namibia worth the almost 200km gravel/bumping road. What is sad is the amount of litter everywhere, almost like walking around a dump site. There is a 20NAD fees to view and a bar (which is never open) but the view from the mountain is breathtaking. If in the area try speaking to the locals and see if a gentleman by the name of Owen is around, clued up with the area and definitely will be worth your time having a small walk around with him.
Written 16 September 2016
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Lee_Durban
Balgowan, South Africa657 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Wow, after many days of sand and dunes we arrived at Epupa. As soon as we came over the hill and saw the thousands of palm trees we felt like a scene out of an Arabian Nights Movie. Wow. A true Oasis... All that was missing was the camels :-)

We then stopped by the waterfall and what a stunning sight. In all this desert to have such beauty is breathtaking.

A really stunning sight to behold. Sadly this and the rafting in the Kunene River is pretty much all their is to do out here, but if its on your path, it is strongly recommended. I however wouldn't stay more that a day and a night in the area...

The rafting was great. You get taken 8 kms up the river and get to do a little white water rafting as well as gentle rafting down the river. half way down, you stop on a little island on the angolan side for a Cola in Angola. A really great way to spend the afternoon.

Be warned, the crocodiles are HUGE !!! Quite exciting actually :-)
Written 16 August 2016
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