Waving palms, spectacular sunsets, the rush of perennially flowing waters cascading down richly colored rock walls, a vibrant bird life.
This is Epupa Camp, situated east of the Epupa Falls on the banks of the Kunene River in northwestern Namibia.
Our small tented camp offers you a relaxing yet exhilarating few days of personalized service and excellent meals in the seclusion of a lush riverine wilderness of baobabs, wild figs and Makalani palms.
Epupa Camp campsite is situated well out of reach of the sometimes noisy Epupa Village and visitors can be ensured of falling asleep hearing only the tranquil sounds of the Kunene River and nocturnal animals and birds.
The Epupa area offers much to see, experience and do. A visit to Epupa Camp will allow for you most memorable stay in Namibia.
Accommodation Available at the Camp:
- 9 Luxury Safari Style En-Suite Tents
- Electrical Lights
- Mosquito Nets in front of doors & windows
- 1 Luxury En-Suite Family Tent that can accommodate up to 4 people
- Kingfisher Camp which has 10 Dome Style Tents
- Each tent is equipped with 2 beds
- Electrical Lights
- Ablution is shared and there are braai/kitchen facilities for self catering
- 6 Riverfront Campsites
- Private Ablution facilities
- Barbeque area & dish wash basin for each site
Facilities available at the Camp:
- Free Wi-Fi
- Afternoon Coffee / Cake
- Plunge Pool
Activities Available at the Camp:
- Visit to a Himba Settlement
Join one of our trained local Himba guides as he/she take you through one of the small Himba villages in the region and learn how these fascinating nomadic people live, work, think and worship. You will be able to exchange information and be allowed to take photographs. This activity includes a visit to a traditional Himba graveyard.
This activity is offered daily and departs after breakfast at about 8H00 with our safari vehicle.
Guests are back at Epupa Camp at about 11H30, in time for a drink before lunch.
- Sundowner & guided tour to Epupa Falls
After cake, coffee/tea in the afternoon we offer a sundowner trip to the Epupa Falls. Guests are transported with our safari-style vehicle to the Epupa Falls and have about half an hour to explore the area, take photographs and even bathe in some of the pools around the falls. Thereafter guests are taken up a little hill for sun downers. The perfect spot for photographs of the falls and river. Guests are returned to Epupa Camp about an hour before dinner.
- Guided tour to Epupa Falls
If you wish for more time at the Epupa Falls, we also offer a three-hour guided walk to the falls and beyond. Departure time early morning or mid-afternoon.
Depending on your needs we can offer a three-hour guided walk along the river or into the surrounding hills to explore the fauna and flora of riverine area.
You can choose between the crocodile trial, a 3-km walk meandering northwards along the banks of the Kunene or a walk to the white beach below the Epupa Falls.
We offer seasonal half-day rafting trips on the Kunene River on a daily basis between May – November, depending on the level of the river.
After taking you to our upriver launch station in our safari-style vehicle, a qualified guide will provide you with equipment needed and brief you on the day's expedition and safety measures.
He will then lead you on a gentle cruise down the river, with ample time to stop and enjoy the scenery, watch birds and crocodiles sunbathing on the banks, and take photographs. En route we will stop on an island for refreshments.
We offer twice daily departures, 8H00 and 14H00 and the duration is about three hours.
All rates applicable for a minimum of two adult guests.
Bookings need to be done with Camp Management.
Availability depends on the weather conditions and guides being available.
How to Get There:
Epupa Camp lies on the banks of the Kunene River in the Kunene Region, of which the northern part was known as Kaokoland. From Opuwo take the DR 3700 gravel road north.
Epupa is about 180 km or three-hour's driving from Opuwo. It is scenic road, made slow by the many dry river beds, herds of farm animals and the nomadic Himba you pass.
After 100 km you reach Okongwati. On arrival at Epupa, follow the signs for Epupa Camp as it winds through the picturesque village. We are about 800
meters upstream from the main falls. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended, especially during the rainy season.
What used to be a road only for the most daring and adventurous, taking an entire day of gruelling offroading and more likely than not a couple of stops to replace your shredded tyres, has recently gotten a bit of a face lift.
Completed at the end of 2017, a new dirt road has been scraped between Epupa and the Kunene River Lodge and the 90km journey can now be completed smoothly (comparatively) in about three hours (although we would recommend budgeting 5 hours to enjoy the scenery and have a picnic).
This facilitates a much better round trip and can make the distance travelled to this isolated part of Namibia all the more worthwhile as you can now diversify your trip between the arid beauty of the Epupa area and the lush majesty of the Ruacana area.
For those diehard offroaders to whom this may seem a piece of tragic news, do not be disheartened, much of the old track remains alongside the new road and can still be traversed for a thrilling ride.
Please note though that in the rainy season between December and April, the rivers from the Namibian side into the Kunene are in full flow and the road is completely impassable and we would advise strongly that the road is not attempted during this time.