Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp: Information from the owner

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Type Tented Camp
No. of rooms 9
Last updated 16-Aug-2017

Main description of Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp: Facilities

Property facilities Pool
Room facilities Bath, En-Suite, Mosquito Nets, Shower
Available services Credit Card
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Walks (Guided)

Room types at Epupa Camp

Campsite

Campsite

Five exclusive campsites under huge ana and makalani trees allow for a camping of tranquillity in a secluded, shady and quiet corner along the Kunene River. 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. Each campsite has a river view and has private ablution facilities, consisting of a shower with warm & cold water, flush toilets and two hand basins, a barbeque area and a sink for dishes. The campsites are spacious to easily allow a group of 10 guests with 5 vehicles with off-road trailers or caravans.

Family Tented Room

Family Tented Room

Epupa Camp consists of nine luxury safari-style tents erected on stone platforms, each with two single beds and en-suite bathroom. All tents have electricity and mosquito netting and an outside, shaded balcony overlooking the tranquil Kunene River. Large makalani palms overhead provide welcome shade from the midday sun.

Kingfisher Tent

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Tented Double Room

Tented Double Room

Epupa Camp consists of nine luxury safari-style tents erected on stone platforms, each with two single beds and en-suite bathroom. All tents have electricity and mosquito netting and an outside, shaded balcony overlooking the tranquil Kunene River. Large makalani palms overhead provide welcome shade from the midday sun.

Tented Twin Room

Tented Twin Room

Epupa Camp consists of nine luxury safari-style tents erected on stone platforms, each with two single beds and en-suite bathroom. All tents have electricity and mosquito netting and an outside, shaded balcony overlooking the tranquil Kunene River. Large makalani palms overhead provide welcome shade from the midday sun.

Activities at Epupa Camp

Bird Watching Trip by Boat

Bird Watching Trip by Boat

For bird lovers, we offer half-day river birding trips where our expert guide will point out some of our 238 different species that inhabit the Kunene region, including Cinderella Waxbill, 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.

Guided Himba Village Visit

Guided Himba Village Visit

More than anything, Kaokoland and Epupa is the land of the fascinating Himba people, one of world's last nomadic tribes.

The Himba are a traditional, pastoral people, relying upon herds of drought-resistant cattle, hunting, and gathering for their survival. They look and live like no other people in Africa.

One of the most striking things about the Himba is the colour of their skin and hair and their unique way of dressing. They smear their skin with a mixture of cattle fat, ash, and ochre to protect themselves from the harsh desert climate and the merciless sun above. As an additional bonus, the paste gives the Himba a deep red colour that is a highly desirable look in the Himba culture and is very striking to look at. The women wear small skirts made of goat skins adorned with shells and jewellery made of iron and copper. The men and boys wear goatskin loin cloths.

Their houses are simplistic cone-shaped structures made with saplings covered in mud and dung.

Until the late 1980's, people living in the area relied entirely on a hunter-gatherer existence, using only stone implements. For the most part, the Himba people are still unaffected by modern civilization and are a rare and unique people to experience.

Epupa Camp offers daily, guided tours to some of the different seasonal Himba settlements in the region. To avoid disturbing or ruining the Himba's way of life and their fragile culture, we visit different settlements on a rotation basis and only with a knowledgeable Himba guide - all depending on the whereabouts and seasonal migration of the Himba.

Join one of our local Himba guides as they 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 allowed to take photographs and will also be taken for a private visit to a traditional Himba graveyard.

Half Day Rafting

Half Day Rafting

For those of our guests who want more than just to gaze at the river, we offer half-day and full-day rafting or canoeing trips down the gentle Kunene River. After taking you to our upriver launch station in our open safari vehicle, your qualified guide will provide you with all 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. RaftingEn route we will stop along the river banks for refreshments. A delicious lunch package is included in the full-day trip.

We have two rafts to choose between:

An 8-seater raft where our guides do all of the paddling and maneuvering for you
Six 2-seater "crocs" where you do the paddling together with your rafting partner
No advance rafting experience is required.

Hiking

Hiking

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.

Sundowner

Sundowner

Every evening approximately 1 hour before sunset, we take you in our open safari vehicle to one of the hills overlooking the Epupa Falls for a sundowner as the surrounding desert landscape explodes in colors and fascinating shadows.

Visit to Epupa Falls

Visit to Epupa Falls

Just a few minute's walk downstream from Epupa Camp—but out of earshot—you will find the Epupa Falls, a series of cascades that drop a total of 60 m over a distance of about 1.5 km, reaching a maximum width of 500 m. 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 the most beautiful and memorable experiences during your trip to Namibia.

However, Epupa Falls is not just a great place to see and photograph. It is also a great place to go for a dip in one of the hundreds of natural pools gradually carved out of the rocks over millennia by the torrents of the falling water.

And even if you don't feel like a dip yourself, sitting back and watching the Himba people bathing, washing, and playing in the water is an experience in itself.

Every day we offer a guided walk to Epupa Falls. The walk will take you past the calm waters before the dramatic falls where the Himba people often come to wash their clothes, bathe, or play in the water. Finally, you will be taken to the best lookouts of the falls further downstream.
The falls are a total of 700 meter long with a height of 35 meters, including rapids. Depending on the season, the falls have a typical flow from 20 (winter) to 800 m3 (summer) of water per second.

Restaurants at Epupa Camp

Epupa Camp Restaurant

At Epupa, we serve three meals a day with complimentary coffee and tea available all day. Our bar is always available for something more exotic. A fine cuisine is always servedBreakfast is served from 07h30 and consists of a healthy buffet with fresh fruits and nuts, cereals, homemade muesli, freshly baked bread, meats, cheeses, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggs. A light lunch is served at 13h00 and usually consists of quiches, lasagne, or pasta accompanied by fresh salads. Complimentary afternoon tea, coffee and cake is served at 16h00. If weather permits, romantic candle-lit three course dinners are served on riverfront under the Namibian starlight. Please inform us well in advance if you have any special dietary requirements (the nearest food supplier is about 200 km away!). Depending on the season, some of the vegetables will be our own organic crop, home-grown in one of our vegetable gardens.

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