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Epupa Falls

The trip from Opuwo to the Epupa waterfalls at the Kunene river is one of the easier, but really worthwhiile Kaokoland adventures. For the 2 to 3 hour trip to the falls a four-wheel drive is – at least outside the rainy season – not required. The track is usually in an acceptable condition. The vehicle should have a good ground clearance, however. Near Okongwati one must cross a riverbed, which can prove difficult otherwise.

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Left: Many Himba live in the Epupa area.
The little girls wear - before reaching puberty - two braids hanging into the face. When they become women, their hair is woven into a couple of smaller braids decorated with leather and perls.
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Just before Epupa one gets to a hill. From the top the scenery is truely enchanting. You see the Kunene valley, with palm and baobab trees lining the riverbed. It feels like having discovered a piece of paradise. "Epupa" means in the language of the Himba (Otjiherero) "falling water".

Near the falls there are a couple of campgrounds, some very basic, some with good service and even a restaurant. More information on the Epupa Travel Info page.

Kaokoveld Unterkunft

Omarunga Camp

Rustic camp at Epupa Falls; comfortable en-suite safari tents or camping; all meals; Himba tours; airstrip.

Rates: DBL from N$ 975 pP DBB

Phone +264 (0)64 403 096

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Opuwo Country Hotel

Gateway to the Kaokoveld; comfortable en-suite rooms with aircon; all meals; bar; patio; restaurant; pool.

Rates: DZ ab N$ 930 pP ÜF

Phone +264 (0)61 374750

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Khowarib Lodge

Stilish lodge at the Hoanib River. 14 tented ensuite Chalets. Gorgeous views. Lapa with bar, restaurant. Internet. Tours and safaris.

Rates: please enquire

Phone +264 (0)81 219 3291

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Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Magnificent position on the Hoarusib river banks. 7 stylish chalets, all ensuite. Grand views. Excellent cuisine. Pool. Safaris.

Rates: DBL from N$ 4081 pp full board

Phone +264 (0)65 685018

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Okahirongo River Camp

At the Kunene River. Breathtaking views. Luxurious double tents, all ensuite. Excellent cuisine. Pool. Safaris.

Rates: DBL from N$ 4081 pp full board

Phone +264 (0)65 685018

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Kapika Waterfall Lodge

Comfortable chalets close to the falls. Terrace overlooking the Kunene. Large pool. Lapa restaurant. Guided walks and Himba tours.

Rates: DBL from N$ 1100 PP DBB

Phone +264 (0)65 685111

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