Experience the mighty sights & sounds of the Kunene

The Kunene River in the north of Namibia extends for 325km on the country’s border with Angola. Ranging from thundering waterfalls and furious white-water rapids to serene rock pools and tranquil streams; the river meanders along the surrounding landscape, attracting a plethora of wildlife to its varied banks.

Located in the country's Kaokoland region, the Epupa Falls are found approximately 190km upstream of the Kunene River mouth and are becoming an increasingly popular tourist attraction. Here the river splits to form a number of channels before eventually surging over into a deep chasm. The Ruacana Falls, another popular attraction in the area, are located 120km upstream from Epupa Falls. Visitors can be granted temporary exit from the country to view the numerous white-water rapids and magnificent gorge, 

Both falls are best viewed in the months of March, April and May when the thundering volume of water rushes through and spills over into the gorges of Epupa and Ruacana, creating clouds of mist near its base. Activities along the Kunene River include hiking trails that lead to spectacular viewpoints, fishing, and swimming in rock pools, rafting, canoeing, birding and sundowner cruises.

Highlights

  • Forms part of the border between Namibia and Angola 
  • Epupa Falls is particularly impressive and best viewed between May and April
  • Ruacana Falls is known for its white water rapids and spectacular gorge
  • Rafting, canoeing, hiking, fishing, swimming in rock pools and bird-watching are popular activities
  • Various accommodation facilities in the Epupa and Ruacana regions
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