Omarunga epupa-falls camp

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.

Read MoreRead Less Book Now

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.

Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements.

Epupa Falls Lodge

Epupa Falls Lodge

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.

Fort Sesfontein

Fort Sesfontein

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha.

Hoanib Valley Camp - Natural Selection

Hoanib Valley Camp - Natural Selection


Kapika Waterfall Lodge

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls.

Khowarib Lodge

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area.

Kunene River Lodge

Kunene River Lodge

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.

Mopane Campsite

Mopane Campsite

A campsite near the village of Opuwo.

Ohakane Lodge

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants.

Okahirongo River Camp

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Opuwo Country Lodge

Opuwo Country Lodge

On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis.

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Tusing, Jeff

30 Jul 2009

My wife and I had a bungalow right next to the river. It was wonderful. owner and staff did a very good job.

Fritzen, Victor

17 May 2011

Beautiful lodge, situated in a perfect spot for Epupa! Very nice couple managing the lodge! Very, very nice!!


6 Oct 2016

The lodge is fine and in a beautyful position but the Himba escursion is just too much turistic and commercial

Mariman, Karin

13 Jan 2012

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.

Moysey, Deb

14 Oct 2017

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

Sogne, Mauro

21 Nov 2016

Everything perfect! Location, accommodation, the food and especially the owners very kind and supportive. One of the best place with kalahari and Erindi

Bergstrom, Jorgen

8 Oct 2011

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.

Brink, Ulla

1 Sep 2013

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.

Pycroft, Liz

27 Aug 2015

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


Book Now

Our interactive Itinerary Builder allows you to plan your trip to Botswana or Namibia, selecting multiple properties on an easy-to-use map. Compatible properties can be booked immediately, and those without online availability can be sent to our reservations team for processing.

Launching soon...

Sorry, we can’t seem to find any matches for your search. Have a look at our popular searches below.