Epupa Falls & along the Kunene to Ruacana

We wanted to get to the most northern point of Namibia and to the Epupa Falls, even as it was a long drive. The Kunene River is one of the few rivers that carry water all year round in Namibia and has a green lush riverbank with palm trees – something to look forward to, while driving for hours through a very dry area.

Epupa Camp

When we reached Epupa, we chose the Epupa Lodge and campsite a little up the river from the falls, where we had a lovely spot at the river for the next days, but could also use the restaurant, bar and pool from the lodge. We walked down to the falls from here and did a rafting tour along the river, where we saw many crocodiles, up to 2 metres long. There are even some fellows of 3 metres length, but they are hiding very well we learned, as the locals try to kill them, to protect their livestock.

Kunene River
Epupa Falls
Percy the Piglet

At the campsite, we were surrounded by many animals. Beside of goats and pigs, which sometimes made it into the camp, we had a monitor, velvet monkeys and of course many birds around us.

Vervet Monkey
Water Monitor – 1.5 metres long
Bush Camp Toilet

Our next destination was now the Caprivi Strip, this small pan handle in the north-east of Namibia. To get there we could drive all the way back to Opuwo, and up again or take the road along the Kunene River. A couple of years ago, this road was a very difficult 4×4 route, but had been improved we were told, but how good or bad is this road now? We asked many locals and finally decided to try it.

Himba village
Himba woman
River Crossing

The road was actually very good, not corrugated and good to drive. We just had a lot of rivers to cross, luckily they were all dry, just at some there was a little water left, and the sand was not too bad either. We were happy we could easily drive this route, as the landscape along the river with the palm trees was lovely.

View to Angola
Checking out the next river crossing
HImba woman watching what we were doing
Our neighbour at Kunene River Lodge

We had stopped at Kunene River Lodge, as we didn’t want to drive any further that day. Even as the camp was at the river under trees, the price we had to pay was too high in our opinion.

The next day we continued to Ruacana, where we came to a very weak waterfall, as a power plant uses all the water at the moment to generate power. During the rainy season this waterfall will be very impressive for sure, but just not now.

Ruacana Falls
Okapika Camp, our stop for 3 nights @ Ruacana
very friendly team @ Okapika camp
Our friendly neighbour

We are back to good roads, supermarkets, petrol stations and good internet – we will catch up with some work before we drive east to the Caprivi Strip – more soon.

2 thoughts on “Epupa Falls & along the Kunene to Ruacana”

  1. Thanks for your comments. Would you have Co soldered going from Epupa falls straight to Okapika camp and skipping Kunene river lodge? Is this doable distance wise?

    1. Dear Jenny, I think it is doable, depending on your car, travelling speed and of course the road condition. I don’t know what car you are driving, but we are big, heavy and therefore slow on difficult roads. We were in no hurry, so we made that stop. I hope that helps for your planning. All the best Cordy

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