Travelling through tiring stretches of Mopane
bush, up and
down the hills that stretch along the foot of the Baines
Epupa Falls appear quite unexpectedly as a spectacular surprise!
descending the final gradient suddenly encounter the Kunene
a lush oasis of Makalani palms and Baobab trees. The water approaches,
flowing widely, then falls down a deep gorge and splashes over granite
rocks into countless little streams.
Epupa Falls has become one of the
must-see destinations of any Kaokoland trip and is fairly easily accessible,
even for travellers without a 4x4 vehicle.
Watching the cataracts from
the Sundowner Hill on a late afternoon, while sipping a glass of wine,
one is encouraged to stay for more than only a night. In the evening the
singing, clapping and dancing of local people adds to the murmur of the
river. During the early morning hours, the fish eagle's
call reminds visitors
that they are indeed in Africa.
Extended strolls along the river are recommended
to identify a big variety of birds, perhaps discovering a crocodile, enjoy
the playful vervet monkeys and observe the local people at work. There
is an abundance of life around Epupa that is best discovered and appreciated
At the same time there is no better place to relax, read or simply
idle the time away than under the Makalani palms on the banks of the Kunene.