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.
Birding: 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.
Walks: 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.
Cultural: Enjoy the singing and dancing of the local Himba people.
A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements.
AMONGST THE MOUNTAINS AND SAND DUNES OF REMOTE NORTH-WESTERN NAMIBIA IS HOANIB VALLEY CAMP, A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE GIRAFFE CONSERVATION FUND AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area.
A great lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges.
A campsite near the village of Opuwo.
Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants.
On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.
Welcome to Kaokoland, a true wilderness that is home to the Himba, one of the world’s last semi-nomadic cultures. Despite the harshness of the arid surrounds and the isolation of the area, this truly is the land of milk and honey. An off-the-beaten track experience! Beyond a gorgeous campsite overlooking the Kunene River, this camp offers guests comfortable tented chalets, all en suite. Each chalet is equipped with a watercooler to keep the heat at bay, as well as a terrace for relaxing while the river waters meander past. Omarunga offers a sunset excursion to a lovely look out point, where the Epupa-Falls can be appreciated in their full majesty. As well as visits of local Himba villages, and for he more adventurous, a river rafting trip.
On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis.
These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
Fantastic setting. Great views of the falls. Quite basic due to remote location. Very hot here fan would have helped
The camp seemed rather neglected which is a shame as it occupies a prime spot. The ablutions are rather primitive and lacking for the size of the camp.
Lovely rooms, no warm water on arrival, but quickly fixed. Absolutely superb location, highly recommended. Food was great and large portions. Friendly staff.
Splendid lodge and very nice view Meeting Himba people in a very subtle way Guide for the hiking along the river was very interesting and able to show us crocodiles
The best way to reach Epupa Lodge is via Opuwo and Okongwati on the road D3700Download Map
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