W ith its scenically beautiful surroundings, Epupa is one of Namibia’s prime tourist destinations. The falls are a series of cascades where the Kunene River drops a total of 60 metres over a distance of about 1.5 km, separating into a multitude of channels and forming a myriad of rock pools.
It is possible to swim in these pools, but keep a lookout for crocodiles!
Enhanced by richly coloured rock walls, variety of trees including wild figs, baobabs and waving makalani palms, spectacular sunsets and perennially flowing waters, the Epupa area offers much to see, do and experience.
Bird-watching is rewarding, especially for the rare rufous-tailed palm thrush. Also seen are bee-eaters, African fish-eagles, kingfishers ranging from the giant to the tiny malachite kingfisher, rosy-faced lovebirds, paradise flycatchers, turacos, bulbuls, hornbills and rollers.
Scattered settlements of Himba are an especially interesting feature of the area.
Swallow-tailed bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) leaving its nest. Photo ©Pompie Burger
African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer). Photo ©Paul van Schalkwyk
Giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima). Photo ©Paul van Schalkwyk