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Hippo Pools

Community Campsites - Namibia

Wake up with the sound of hippos, bird life and the distant Ruacana falls at this community run campsite in the Owamboland region of northern Namibia

Why visit Hippo Pools campsite?

  • A chance to visit these natural water falls
  • A gateway to Epupa falls and Kaokoland
  • A relaxing picnic nest to the river
  • Guided walks to the Ruacana falls
  • A diversity of rare bird species
  • Access to the Himba and Zemba people.

What can you experience?

  • Enjoy guided walks to the Ruacana Waterfalls.
  • Enjoy guided walks along the Kunene River and observe wildlife
  • Experience a visit in a himba permanent settlement or a cattle post.
  • Visit the Ruacana waterfalls

What facilities are available?

  • 10 campsites under mopane and acacia trees, on the bank of the river.
  • Campsites offer fireplaces and braai facilities (grills)
  • Ablution block with hot showers and environmental friendly toilets.
  • Fire wood available
  • Parafine lamps available
  • Services of local guides

Nearby attractions include:

  • Ruacana Waterfalls (10 minutes drive, possible by walk)
  • Opuwo (4 h drive)
  • Epupa Falls (5h drive)
  • Tsandi traditional homestead and Kingdom (2 h drive)
  • Regional capital Oshakati (1h 30 drive)

Where is it?

  • On the banks of the Kunene River, 37 km west of Ruacana Town, on the road from Etosha National Park to Epupa falls and Opuwo.

How do I get there?

  • From Oshakati (Namutoni), take the C46 road to Ruacana Water falls (Don't turn left to Ruacana town). At the junction between C46 road and the road going on the right to the Ruacana border post, continue straight for 4 km. The campsite is on the right hand side, 200 meters after the NamPower hydropower station, at the junction between the C46 tarred road and the DR 3700 gravel road.
  • From Epupa, take the DR 3700 to Ruacana waterfalls. The campsite is located at the junction between the DR 3700 gravel road and the C 46 tarred road.

Unfortunately we are not able to book community campsites as there are no reliable contact numbers or booking offices in places.
The only way to get a site is to arrange it on arrival at the campsite.

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