Travelling through tiring stretches of Mopane bush, up and down the hills that stretch along the foot of the Baines Mountains, the Epupa Falls appear quite unexpectedly as a spectacular surprise!
Visitors descending the final gradient suddenly encounter the Kunene River amidst a lush oasis of Makalani palms and Baobab trees. The water approaches, flowing widely, then falls down a deep gorge and splashes over granite rocks into countless little streams.
Epupa Falls has become one of the must-see destinations of any Kaokoland trip and is fairly easily accessible, even for travellers without a 4x4 vehicle.
Watching the cataracts from the Sundowner Hill on a late afternoon, while sipping a glass of wine, one is encouraged to stay for more than only a night. In the evening the singing, clapping and dancing of local people adds to the murmur of the river. During the early morning hours, the fish eagle's call reminds visitors that they are indeed in Africa.
Extended strolls along the river are recommended to identify a big variety of birds, perhaps discovering a crocodile, enjoy the playful vervet monkeys and observe the local people at work. There is an abundance of life around Epupa that is best discovered and appreciated on foot.
At the same time there is no better place to relax, read or simply idle the time away than under the Makalani palms on the banks of the Kunene.