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Epupa Falls Lodge

Accommodation in Kaokoland - Namibia

Epupa Falls Lodge has been built amongst mopane bush, swaying makalani palm trees, baobab and fever trees which themselves are home to an abundance of birdlife and arboreal creatures. Although set on the banks of the Kunene River, the lodge does not affect the beauty of one of Kaokoland's most visited tourist landmarks. The prime location cannot be bettered, it is the closest accommodation to the Epupa Waterfall.

Access to the Epupa Falls, Namibia's most northern tourist destination, is best conducted in a self-drive 4x4 vehicle. Other attractions in Kaokoland include the Baines Mountains, Marienfluss Valley, the Kunene River and Ruacana Falls. Individual travellers, families and groups appreciate the stunning scenery and surroundings especially on arrival after days of bumping up and down on dusty roads.

The settlement at Epupa has a police station, a clinic, a small farm shop and modest Himba homesteads. The Himba ladies produce and sell curios at their stall close to the main viewpoint.

The focus of the lodge is a large living & dining area with restaurant & bar and sundowner deck overlooking Epupa Falls. While the accommodation is fairly rustic, it is comfortable and adequate. Wi-fi connection and the recharging of equipment can be done here.

Accommodation is in 5 rooms all built on stilts with under cover parking beneath (which stops falling makalani nuts denting your vehicle). The elevation ensures they are above flood water levels and every chalet affords fantastic river views, some closer to the water than others. Four rooms have twin beds and one has a double bed. An en-suite toilet and shower, mosquito nets, solar power and a large open window overlooking the falls are standard. Children sleep on stretchers.

Accommodation in Namibia

  • Epupa Falls Lodge: River Frontage
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Chalets
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Camp Panorama
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Room Interior
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Epupa Falls Panorama
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Amongst The Makalani Palms
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Bare Cheecked Babbler
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Landscape Around Epupa Falls
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Himba Girl
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Enjoying Drinks On The Deck
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: The Lodge
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Blacksmith Lapwing
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: View From Kunene River
  • Epupa Falls Lodge: Burchells Starling
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Over 240 species of bird have been recorded in the area including bee-eaters, African fish eagle, hornbills, kingfishers and the rare rufous-tailed palm thrush.
Strolling along the river birding comes highly recommended. Crocs, monkey and locals at work complement your leisurely activity. For many this is the most enjoyable way to discover the going's on around Epupa and the falls. Alternatively some prefer the shade of a Makalani Palm Tree to relax or update journals.
Sundowner Trip
A late afternoon glass of wine on Sundowner Hill is highly recommended.
Enjoy the singing and dancing of the local Himba people.
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Directions to the lodge

The best way to reach Epupa Lodge is via Opuwo and Okongwati on the road D3700

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Epupa Falls Lodge

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Ohakane Lodge

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Okahirongo River Camp

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Omarunga Camp

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Opuwo Country Lodge

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Serra Cafema

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