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Epupa Falls Lodge
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Situated east of the Epupa Falls on the banks of the Kunene River in northwest Namibia is Epupa Camp. It is a small luxury tented camp that offers the visitor a relaxing, yet exhilarating, few days of personalized service, excellent food and the seclusion of a lush riverine wilderness.

Epupa Camp

With its waving palms, spectacular sunsets and perennial waters, the Epupa area offers much to see, experience and do. Scattered settlements of Himba, nomadic people of Herero descent who still live and dress according to ancient customs and traditions, live in this part of Namibia.

Epupa Camp

Several hiking trails provide wonderful photographic opportunities of the spectacular views from the Epupa Falls (approximately 800m from Epupa Camp) and Kunene River. Bird life in this riverine paradise is rich and varied with some endemic species to the Kunene River environs.

Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp consists of 9 luxury safari-style tents with en- suite bathrooms.

Daily tariffs include accommodation, three excellent meals and a guided visit to a Himba village. Epupa Falls Lodge also offers rafting trips on the Kunene River.

Epupa Camp  Facilities

Our accommodation consists of nine luxury safari-style tents with two single beds in each. All tents are fitted with electrical lights and mosquito netting at the door and windows. All nine tents have en-suite bathrooms with water-borne toilets, showers and a hand washbasin with hot and cold water.

The tents have each four windows on the sides, which can also close from the inside. Shade netting covers the tent as well as the bathroom. Seven of the nine tents face the Kunene River, and have a sitting area in front of the tent. The other two tents are positioned underneath large shady trees.

The dining room and outdoor relaxing area as well as swimming pool face the Kunene River. The reception area doubles as a sitting room with a well-equipped information centre. A generator supplies 220V electrical power.

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Single Room

N$ 2260.00 DBB

Double Room

N$ 3700.00 DBB

Epupa Camp Activities

Apart from a guided visit to a Himba village and Himba gravesites there are wonderful nature walks and informal hiking trails. Birdlife in the area is rich and varied with some endemic species. Sundowners from a hill overlooking the falls provide excellent photographic opportunities of the spectacular views provided by Epupa Falls and the Kunene River. 

The Corkwood Walk – a one-hour, self-guided botanical hiking trail has been designed to introduce our guests to some of the more interesting plants in the area. Together with exciting views this is an interesting way to learn more about the traditional usage of the plants by the Himba people.



As from July 2003 Epupa Camp offers a new and exciting activity for our guests – river rafting on the Kunene River. This is a complete new way to experience the Kunene River and surrounding environment combined with the excitement of river rafting.



With its waving palms, spectacular sunsets and perennial waters, the Epupa area offers much to see, experience and do. As Epupa Camp is not merely an overnight stop on the way to another destination, but an experience in itself, we suggest a three-night stay, or at least two nights, for our guests.

Following is an idea of what we offer to our guests. Most of our guests have travelled quite long distances to reach Epupa and are travel weary on arrival. This, together with the natural tranquillity, excellent meals and personal service at Epupa Camp makes it an ideal stopover for two or more days.



Of the few nomadic tribes left in this world, one is found in Namibia. The Ochre People or Himba, tall, graceful and lovely, who follow the seasonal rains as their ancestors have done since time out of mind, live in Kaokoland. We offer our guests a special introduction to the Himba people by means of a guided tour to one of their temporary villages. Learn about the sacred fire, the twin that stayed behind, the holy oxen and how a day is spent in Africa by people who do not have calendars.

There are many questions regarding this unique people’s lifestyle. Our guides will introduce guests to the people in the village and show them how they live their daily lives.  Photography is allowed after a customary request. To return the goodwill, we supply them with foodstuff such as maize meal, salt and sugar. Guests will also be taken to Himba graves and told about their customs regarding the dead.



In former days the Kunene River, the border between Namibia and Angola, was the destination of many early explorers. To this day it has retained its aura of adventure and discovery. The confluence of several rivers, which rise in the highlands of Angola, the Kunene, becomes Namibia’s fastest-flowing river as it descends rapidly westwards through narrow gorges and steep ravines to the Atlantic Ocean.

With its richly coloured rock walls and dense variety of trees, the Epupa Falls are one of Namibia’s prime scenic destinations. The rushing water, which is clearly audible from Epupa Falls Lodge, has a seasonal peak flow of more than 500 000 litres per second and occasionally 1 000 000 litres per second.

A guided nature walk on a footpath along a hill will show your guests not only the main falls, but also the little side falls not always visible. Hundreds of little rock pools provide a relaxing time at the falls.

Sundowners are served from a little hill overlooking the main and side falls to offer guests the best photographic opportunities in the orange glow of sunset



There are several informal footpaths to discover the fauna and flora of the area. The Epupa area is characterised by dense reed banks and tall trees, of which the ana tree, Faidherbia albida, is the most dominant. Also conspicuous are wild fig trees, baobab, borassus, makalani and oil palms and many flowering shrubs. Fauna in the river ranges from crocodiles and clawless otters to freshwater shrimps and common water turtles.

The Kunene River with its associated vegetation makes for a very unique birding experience. A host of Namibian inland endemics, including Barecheeked Babbler, Monteiro’s Hornbill, Rüppell’s Parrot and White-tailed Shrike are common in the area. Specials include Rufoustailed Palmthrush (resident in Epupa Camp), Grey Kestrel (not so common) and Cinderella Waxbill (rare). The unmistakable cry of the African Fish Eagle reminds one of the presence of water where a number of aquatic species such as Black Crake, Goliath Heron and a variety of Kingfishers can be observed.



For guests who just need time to relax, we offer some interesting literature on the area, the Himba people and the proposed hydropower scheme. Coffee/tea and cake are served every afternoon. Guests will be amazed to see what can be served in the bush! In the evenings, if not out on a sundowner drive, drinks are served at Epupa Falls Lodge next to the river. Watch the sunset when the birds hurry to their nests and the bats welcome the night. The opportunities for star watching are endless after ‘lights out’ in the pitch dark.

As Epupa Falls Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kunene River, the sound of running water stays with you during your visit. Many of the bird species can been seen and heard at Epupa Falls Lodge as well. Therefore many guests enjoy sitting at the Camp next to the river, relaxing and listening to the sounds of the Kunene and its many unique inhabitants.

Epupa Camp Location

Epupa Camp is located on the banks of the Kunene River in Kaokoland, northwestern Namibia, ± 700m east of the main falls. The most suitable route to reach the area is via Opuwo and Okongwati - road no DR3700. Epupa is about 950km from Windhoek by road

The airfield is ± 7km from Epupa Falls Lodge on the road to Opuwo. Pilots need to buzz Epupa Camp.

Co-ordinates: S 17° 03’ 00 E 13° 15’ 00 Length: 945m

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