Epupa Camp: Information from the owner
- Tented Camp
- No. of rooms
About this information
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own full report on Epupa Camp, which contains our own observations and views.
- Last updated by Owner
- 3 Sep 2019
Facilities at Epupa Camp
- Property facilities
- Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Internet Access (Complimentary), Library, Malaria Free, Pool
- Room facilities
- Activities on site
- Bird Watching, Walks (Guided)
Room types at Epupa Camp
Camping - Self Catering
Epupa Camp offers 12 spacious, riverfront campsites, shaded by indigenous trees. All campsites have a river view, each with private ablution facilities, a fire place and sink. Community members supply firewood and do laundry at negotiated prices. Our campsites combine the use of local material with pleasing attention to detail to allow for a most memorable stay in Namibia. One of our camping guests rated our showers as the best in Namibia. Campsites are spacious and can easily accommodate a group of 10 guests with vehicles with off-road trailers or caravans.
Family Tented Room
The tented family room has four beds, electrical lighting and mosquito netting at the windows and doors and an en suite bathroom with double basins.
Kingfisher Tent - Self Catering
Ten dome tents, each with two single beds and linen provide basic accommodation on this campsite. Barbecue and ablution facilities are shared. The barbecue area is on river front with a lovely Kunene River view. This campsite is perfect for guests and groups fully equipped for self catering. Community members supply firewood and do laundry at negotiated prices.
Tented Double Room
Epupa Camp has one honeymoon suite with a queen-size bed, with electrical lights, an en suite bathroom and mosquito netting at the doors and windows. A private patio overlooks the Kunene River.
Tented Twin Room
Epupa Camp has eight comfortable safari-style twin tented rooms. All tents have electrical lights, en suite bathrooms, mosquito netting at the doors and windows.
Activities at Epupa Camp
Bird Watching Trip By Boat
For bird lovers, we offer river birding trips where our expert guide will point out some of the 238 recorded species that inhabit the Kunene region, including Rufous-tailed Palm-Thrush (a permanent resident at our camp), Monteiro’s Hornbill, African Paradise-Flycatcher, Goliath Heron, African Fish-Eagle, various bee-eaters, kingfishers ranging from the Giant to the tiny Malachite Kingfisher, bulbuls, rollers (Purple, Lilac-breasted and European), Rosy Faced Lovebird, Golden, Spectacled and Lesser Masked-Weaver, and sunbirds, to name just a few. This is as close to nature as you will get, and truly a soothing way to spend your morning or afternoon.
Exclusive birding trips need to be booked well in advance.
Guided Hikes At And Around The Epupa Falls
Our guides can take you along the river or into the surrounding hills to explore the flora and fauna of Kaokoland and enjoy stunning views of the Kunene snaking its way through the dry desert landscape. During your hike you are likely to come across Bushman’s poison bushes with their beautiful but deadly pink flowers and large Euphorbia bushes, of which the poisonous milky-white latex has been used by the San and Himba for hunting for centuries. Also easily recognisable are the makalani palms, mopane scrub and the flat-topped umbrella thorn with the almost Mexican name: Acacia tortilis.
Depending on your interests, we offer guided walks to one of the following:
To and around the Epupa Falls down to a white beach below the Epupa Falls. The walk will take you through the village to the main fall where the Himba people often come to wash their clothes, bathe, or play in the shallow pools.
Into the surrounding hills to explore the fauna and flora of this riverine area and beyond.
The crocodile trail, a 3 km walk meandering eastwards along the Kunene River bank.
Birding walks at Epupa Falls and the surrounding area.
These walks can take up to three hours. In summer these are best undertaken in the early morning hours. The starting time depends on the guests and their interests.
Guided Visit To A Himba Village
Join one of our local Himba guides to visit a Himba village and learn how one of Africa’s remaining semi-nomadic people, live, work and worship. Through the guide’s interpretation you will be able to exchange information and be allowed to take photographs and film the Himba family as they go about their daily lives.
The activity is offered on a daily basis and normally departs after breakfast in one of our safari vehicles. Depending on your interests, you will be taken to a traditional Himba graveyard and the local primary school. Guests are back at about 11:30 in time to freshen up for lunch.
Our guides can take you along the river or into the surrounding hills to explore the flora and fauna of the Kaokoland and enjoy stunning views of the Kunene snaking its way through the dry desert landscape.
During your hike you are likely to come across large Euphorbia bushes (whose poisonous milky-white latex has been used by the Himba for hunting for centuries), rose quartz crystals, mopane scrub, and the flat-topped umbrella thorn with the almost Mexican name: Acacia tortilis.
For those of our guests who want more than just to gaze at the Kunene River, we offer seasonal rafting trips twice daily, namely after breakfast and lunch between May and November. After taking you upriver in our open safari vehicle, our qualified guide will provide you with the equipment needed and brief you on the day's expedition. He will then lead you on a gentle cruise down the river with ample time to stop and enjoy the scenery, watch the birds and the crocodiles sunbathing on the banks, and take photographs. En route we will stop at one of the islands for refreshments.
For those who do not want to paddle or are a bit wary of the water, we have 8-seater rafts where our guides do the paddling and manoeuvring for you The greatest fun, however, is the 2-seater crocs, where you and your partner do the paddling. No advance rafting experience is required. Our guide will instruct you and also give you a safety briefing. Helmets, safety jackets and dry bags for cameras and other personal belongings are provided.
Straw Wars 2018
Epupa Camp joined the Straw Wars and now invites all Kunene Region lodges to join us in this plastic straw combat.
Bar staff and waiters agreed, although a plastic straw seems like a small piece of plastic, one does not really need it.
More important is to focus on our rivers and oceans to eliminate plastic as far as possible.
Even if this is just a drop in the ocean, our aim is to create awareness for the sake of our children’s planet.
Although we are a small remote tented camp, we meet many international travellers who can help us spread the message.
Our guests, once we have explained why we do not serve a rock shandy with a straw, appreciate our efforts.
So do not wait to draw the last straw!
From the Epupa Camp Team - in peace
The Epupa Falls, a series of cascades that drop a total of 40 m over a distance of about 1,5 km, is just 800 m west of Epupa Camp, an easy walk. Originating from the Herero word for the spume created by falling water, Epupa is a fitting name for this fascinating sight.
To quote the Bradt Travel Guide, "Epupa Falls don't compare to Victoria Falls in scale, they are all the more beautiful for occurring in such an arid region." Nowhere else in the world do you find a waterfall contrasted with such wild arid desert landscape. Watching the Epupa Falls and its white mists of water against the red colours of the surrounding desert and mountains during sunset, with a sundowner drink in one hand and your camera or binoculars in the other, is likely to make up one of the most beautiful and memorable experiences during your trip to Namibia.
Every evening approximately one hour before sunset, we take you in our safari-style vehicle to the Epupa Falls and then to the top of one of the hills overlooking the waterfalls for a sundowner. Enjoy a gin and tonic or one of Namibia’s excellent beers while watching as the surrounding desert landscape explodes in colours and fascinating shadows. We return to the lodge in time to freshen up for dinner.
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