Region/terrain explained

The Epupa Falls lie along the Kunene River, on the border between Namibia and Angola. They’re not particularly high – the highest single drop is less than 40 m – but its many small rivulets fan out across the roughly 500 m-wide river and, with numerous palm trees and baobabs, it’s one of Namibia’s most beautiful scenes.

Epupa Falls

Highlights of the region

The falls are at their best in the early morning and late afternoon, when the light softens and catches the spray. A few shot hikes lead to various viewpoints and sundowner spots. There’s a small Himba market at the falls, and the option to visit one of the local Himba villages nearby. If there’s enough water, you can also spend the afternoon river rafting, but be aware that water levels can vary considerably and during the dry winter months there may not be any falls at all.

A Himba village

Practical + driving advice about the region (time needed)

The easiest way to reach Epupa Falls is along the gravel C43. It’s reasonably well-maintained, but there are plenty of sudden dips and potholes and a high-clearance vehicle is recommended. To the east, the D3700 follows the river to Ruacana, but it’s 4x4 only and may be completely flooded and impassable in the rainy season. There’s camping and lodge accommodation at the falls, and a restaurant and basic supply store too