Epupa Falls The trip from Opuwo to the Epupa waterfalls at the Kunene river is one of the easier, but really worthwhiile Kaokoland adventures. For the 2 to 3 hour trip to the falls a four-wheel drive is – at least outside the rainy season – not required. The track is usually in an acceptable condition. The vehicle should have a good ground clearance, however. Near Okongwati one must cross a riverbed, which can prove difficult otherwise.
Left: Many Himba live in the Epupa area. The little girls wear - before reaching puberty - two braids hanging into the face. When they become women, their hair is woven into a couple of smaller braids decorated with leather and perls.
Just before Epupa one gets to a hill. From the top the scenery is truely enchanting. You see the Kunene valley, with palm and baobab trees lining the riverbed. It feels like having discovered a piece of paradise. "Epupa" means in the language of the Himba (Otjiherero) "falling water".
Near the falls there are a couple of campgrounds, some very basic, some with good service and even a restaurant. More information on the Epupa Travel Info page.