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Epupa Falls

Epupa Falls

40 metre waterfalls of the Kunene

The border river between Namibia and Angola, the Kunene, plummets down a 40 metre deep gorge at the Epupa Falls close to the nearby village of Epupa. In the Herero language Epupa means “falling water”.

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Specifications

Type
Point of interest
Sleep
Several lodges and camps
Campsites
Several campsites
Location
Kaokoveld
Activities
Short walking trail
Viewpoints
Ovahimba culture

The Kunene River is one of Namibia’s five perennial rivers. Nonetheless the water level changes depending on the annual rain falls so that the natural spectacle Epupa Falls is subject to seasonal fluctuations. The best months to view the falls are April and May.

As the Kunene region is very dry the thread of malaria is minimal. Much more dangerous are the crocodiles in the Kunene River thus swimming in the river is not advisable!

The Epupa Falls can be reached via Opuwo on the C43. It is advisable to top up on fuel, water and food supplies in Opuwo before departing to Epupa as shopping opportunities are scarce there.

The area is also interesting for 4x4 enthusiasts: the “road” along the river connecting Epupa and Swartbooisdrift is infamous amongst experienced off road drivers. For these 90 km at least a whole days driving should be planned and it can be anticipated that some “road construction” has to be done manually to get through.