Omarunga Camp enjoys a Kunene river setting with the lush riverine vegetation a welcome respite the inhospitable surrounds of Kaokoland. This has become a popular destination to relax for a few days and to explore the delights of the nearby Epupa Falls. In addition to the natural beauty of the camp, hidden in the shade of exotic makalani palm trees, many guests head here to visit the nearby Himba Village as well. The breathtaking scenery of the Angolan mountains is complemented by high standards of personal attention and hospitality.
The restaurant, bar and lounge are located in an open sided thatched building, which is on the banks of the Kunene River. While seated at dinner or at the bar your view is of the river and the Makalani Palms on the opposite bank. A breakfast, light lunch and 3 course dinner are served here. There is also a Himba curio shop. Souvenirs and gifts purchased here, provide valuable income for the local community.
Omarunga has 13 comfortable, but basic, thatched chalets. Each tent is separately located and has en-suite facilities, mosquito nets and an outside washbasin. Furnishings and fittings include wooden beds with quality bed linen, bedside table/lamp and seating on the small veranda.
There is a whole variety of activities awaiting! Guests can explore the spectrum of smaller waterfalls, created by the 800 meter wide river system. The more adventurous can cool off in one of the crocodile-safe pools.
Popular with Omarunga Lodge's guests is the late afternoon Sundowner Tour. Enjoy a drink and a snack high atop a koppie, overlooking the magnificent Epupa waterfalls.
Their off-road vehicle, complete with local translator, will take you on a safari to visit the famous indigenous Himba. Largely untouched by modern civilization, the Ovahimba still live much as they did centuries ago. Guests visit a typical small village, where they can experience the traditional way of the Himba's. An inside view of how they herd and milk their cattle, build houses and create their own jewelry, is both informative and immensely enjoyable .
As Omarunga Camp only caters for small groups, a personal and undisturbed interaction with the Himba can be achieved.
Sundowner trip: This is an enjoyable excursion to finish off your day. You are driven to a koppie that overlooks Epupa Falls for a drink and a snack as the sun sets.
Cultural visit: Visit a typical small Himba village to experience their traditional way of life. Women milk the cattle and goats, create beautiful jewelery, build houses and fetch water and firewood. An interesting and hugely enjoyable insight into the lives of people living and surviving in a harsh desert environment.
A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements.
A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls.
On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha.
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
On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls.
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.
One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland
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.
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.
My wife and I had a bungalow right next to the river. It was wonderful. owner and staff did a very good job.
Beautiful lodge, situated in a perfect spot for Epupa! Very nice couple managing the lodge! Very, very nice!!
The lodge is fine and in a beautyful position but the Himba escursion is just too much turistic and commercial
Fritz is in the beginning a bit cool but after that facade was a friendly man. the bathroom of the camping site is very nice.
Fantastic great rooms on river great meals great staff tour himba village very good rafting great fun a very pleasant place to break the trip up
Everything perfect! Location, accommodation, the food and especially the owners very kind and supportive. One of the best place with kalahari and Erindi
Great camp grounds and facilities, very friendly personell. People do however wander into camp to beg and sell stuff. Still at a degree one can accept, but if the frequency increase it'll be annoying.
We loved that place. Beautiful surroundings and calm and easy.We had a lot of fun with the bartender Petrus.The visit to the Himba village was very exiting for us and one of the best experiences we had.
This is a beautiful campsite right on the banks of the river, sublime. The sites are large and shady and private. It was so peaceful , we also ate in the restaurant here and the food was excellent. There is a lovely pool and bar area , thoroughly enjoyed this campsite. 9/10
Take the C43 north to Epupa Falls. Omarunga Camp is situated on the eastern side (upstream) of the falls, this is the second property you encounter as you enter the settlement of Epupa (and it is well signposted)Download Map
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