[well]Epupa Falls Quick Facts

  • A collection of falls on the Kunene River
  • Largest drop is 121 feet (37 m)
  • Total drop in the cascades is 197 feet (60 m)


Epupa Falls

Epupa Falls are a series of cascades that are all created by the Kunene River. The greatest single drop that comes from these magnificent falls is 37 meters (121 feet) but spread out over 1.5 kilometers (1 mile), the falls total to a drop of 60 meters (197 feet). The name “Epupa” is in fact derived from a Herero word meaning “foam”, in reference to the abundance of foam created by the falls.

The flora surrounding the falls consists of an extremely diverse plant life that include ficus and anna trees, brown-stem corkwood, makalani palm trees and the trumpet thorn plant among many others. What makes this region so remarkable is that there is both luscious greenery and vast desert. This contrast of flora is what contributes to Epupa Falls being so incredibly unique.

The fauna exhibiting the region is full of zebra, baboons, kudu, crocodiles, black-faced impalas and also porcupines. With the nutrition from the vast plant life as well as the water from the river and the falls itself, it makes for a very welcoming and suitable home for these creatures.

Combining both the distinctive and rare flora and fauna of the region alongside the beautiful landscape that exhibits every inch of the Epupa Fall’s surroundings, it’s no surprise as to why this natural wonder of the world lures in so many visitors.

Where is Epupa Falls

Epupa Falls is located in Angola, a country within the continent of Africa. More specifically, it is found within the Kaokoland area of the Kunene Region.

Because of its location on the map, there are three ways of arriving to Epupa Falls. These include either by air landing on the Epupa gravel airstrip that is only about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the falls, by road from Opuwo (3-hour drive) or by road from Ruacan (5-hour drive).

Best Ways to See and Experience Epupa Falls

There are many excellent ways in which to make the most out of your visit to Epupa Falls. Within walking distance of the falls is a camp that offers a place to stay and experience the surroundings of Epupa, which of course include the falls. This is the perfect option for anyone looking to spend more than just a day or two in the area.

Once you are at the falls, take a dip in one of the hundreds of naturally carved out pools; an excellent option to cool off and experience the falls in a unique way. Many of the Himba people that live within the region head there to bathe and play in the waters, which is always an interesting and up close and personal experience different from any other.

No matter how you decide to spend your time at Epupa Falls, one thing is for certain: it will surely be unforgettable and mesmerizing. Simply strolling through and taking in the beauty that this natural wonder has to offer will make you glad you decided to make the trip all the way over there.

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