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Ruacana Falls

On the way from Kaokoland to Ovamboland a side-trip to the Ruacana Falls is worthwhile. From Opuwo the C41 to the east and the c35 to the north to get to the waterfalls at the Kunene River.

The Kunene has water throughout the year. Its source lies in the Angolan highland of Bié at an altitude of 1800 metres. In the beginning the river flows towards the south-west through parts of the Kalahari basin. East of Ruacana it is dammed up in the Calueque Dam. The remaining water gushes in many single streams down into a 700 metre wide and 120 metre deep ravine.

From Ruacana onwards the Kunene flows in western direction marking the natural border between Angola and Namibia, before eventually reaching a wide delta amd flowing into the Atlantic.

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The Ruacana waterfalls are impressive particularly after the rainy season, some time between February and May, and then even remind a little of the Victoria Falls.

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