Frothing masses of water tumbling over ancient, richly coloured rocks create a fine mist behind which a delicate rainbow shimmers. The rumbling of the river breaks the humbling silence of this vast land which has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Baobabs perched precariously on the steep rocks personify the tenacity it takes to survive in this remarkable and remote land.

These are the Epupa Falls on the banks of the Kunene River, just several hundred metres from the luxurious Epupa Falls Lodge in north-western Namibia. In dramatic contrast to the stark and arid beauty of remote Kaokoland, the tall trees and lush riverine vegetation provide cool shade and within their branches keen birdwatchers might recognise Monteiro's Hornbill, the Rufoustailed Palmthrush or a host of other birds endemic to the area.

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Nine luxury safari style tents ensure that you will experience this land of contrasts and rugged beauty in perfect comfort and our intimate, personalised service will allow you to unwind and absorb your surroundings.

The river facing dining area is perfect for enjoying our outstanding meals while enjoying magnificent views of the water, and perhaps a glimpse of crocodiles, turtles or water monitor lizards, while the unmistakeable call of the African Fish eagle completes this blissful stimulation of the senses.

A swaying suspension bridge connects the lodge to our own private island where you can relax in a lounger or hammock. Come evening, enjoy an absolutely secluded candle lit dinner on the beach.

During the day visit a Himba village and learn about these fascinating people who remain virtually untouched by modern life, or set your adrenalin racing rafting on the river. The beauty of the falls compels you to sit and appreciate a spectacular sunset while sipping a sundowner, and at night, stare up into one of the clearest skies in the world and marvel at a breathtaking array of stars in the velvet sky.

This vast and ancient landscape fills you with a sense of primeval belonging, as the soft sound of rushing water nourishes your soul.

At a Glance

  • Lodge consisting of nine safari style tents overlooking the tranquil Kunene river
  • Lodge is only a few minutes walk away from the Epupa Falls
  • The lodge provides the opportunity to interact with the fascinating Himba people, one of the worlds last
    nomadic tribes
  • Main activities - Walks and hikes, sundowners overlooking the falls, canoeing and rafting, birding cruises,
    Himba village visits
  • Magnificent bird watching with many rare and endemic bird species in the area
  • Kaokoland is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Southern Africa with some of Namibia's highest
    mountain ranges
  • Lush riverine vegetation surrounding the Kunene river that snakes creating a thin green oasis with a variety of
    exotic trees including the wild fig, baobabs and makalani palms
  • Epupa has interesting geology with the oldest rocks in Namibia, as well as a San rock painting nearby to the
  • Telephone & fax
  • Internet facilities (slow but adequate for e-mail)
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Laptop facility for downloading your pictures and burning them to a disc
    Please note that Epupa Falls Lodge does not have facilities for camping or self-catering guests.
    A minimum stay of 2 nights, ideally 3, is recommended to fully benefit from everything this region has to offer.

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comfortable twin tents erected on stone platforms
2 standard guide tents (not the same standard as a guest unit)

  • Each tent has an outside, shaded balcony overlooking the Kunene river
  • Each tent has an en suite bathroom with water-borne toilets, showers and a hand washbasin with hot and cold
  • All tents have electricity and mosquito netting
  • A generator supplies 220V of power for electric lighting
  • A laundry service is available


  • River facing dining area and bar
  • Lounge
  • Small reference library
  • Lounging pool
  • No curio shop but a curio stall run by locals is located nearby

Activities & vehicles

  • Visit to Himba settlement
  • Sundowner at the Falls
  • Visit to Epupa Falls
  • Hiking (Self guided, maps provided)
    Activities not included in the rate
  • Bird-watching trip by raft
  • Canoeing and Rafting
  • Game drives into the Chobe National Park

Bar Purchases
Unless otherwise specified, soft drinks, local brand beers and house wines are included in our rates. Furthermore,
we offer a selection of cellar wines, imported beers, spirits and liqueurs.
Children are welcome. Children 0 - 4 years stay free of charge. As our lodges are in wildlife areas, children
should be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times.
As our lodges are in wildlife areas, children should be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times.

Anti-malaria tablets are advisable all year round. We recommend you check with your physician for prophylaxis
advice. Mosquito repellent sprays are provided, and we recommend that long sleeves and pants are worn in the
evenings and early mornings.

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Power supply

The electricity is generator supplied, and runs on 220V electrical power for 6 hours per day and 24-hour lighting
(bedside lamps).


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