Irrespective of whether you fly or drive, getting to Epupa is an experience in itself. A flight from Windhoek takes you past Etosha National Park and the striking Zebra Mountains before descending along the Kunene River. By road, you will see the landscape gradually becoming wilder and more desolate. You will pass Himba villages, large herds of cattle or goats, and see Himba walking long distances. You will also watch out for wild animals that roam about in the region.
By road from Opuwo
From Opuwo, take the DR 3700 gravel road towards the north. Epupa is about 180 km or three hours’ drive from Opuwo. You will encounter various scenes like dry river beds, herds of animals, and the nomadic Himba during your journey. After driving for 100 km, you will reach Okongwati. On arrival at Epupa, follow the signs for Epupa Camp as it winds through the picturesque village. We are about 800 meters upstream from the main falls. A 4×4 vehicle is recommended, especially during the rainy season. The coordinates are S16°59′ 55.34″ E13°15′ 17.91″
By road from Ruacana
Himba boys drive west along the Kunene River via Swartbooisdrift, take DR 3701 towards Epembe and then turn right onto DR 3700 via Okongwati. It is approximately 250 km or a 5-hour drive from Ruacana to Epupa Falls. A 4×4 vehicle is recommended. At Epupa, simply follow the signs for Epupa Camp. We are about 800m upstream from the main falls. The road along the Kunene River is a tough 4×4 road. If all goes well, it takes up to 10 hours to reach Epupa from Swartbooisdrift. Take this road only if you are traveling with more than one vehicle and are experienced 4×4 drivers with plenty of time and lots of spare wheels!
Fly to the Epupa airstrip, a gravel landing strip about 8 km from Epupa Camp. We collect fly-in guests at the landing strip and drive you through an open safari vehicle through the mountainous landscape. Stepping out of a small plane in this part of the world feels like stepping into Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa. However, the first sight of the Kunene delta is unsurpassed.Landing strip details: S17°01’ 45.6″ E013°12’ 36.6″,11/29, 950 x 30 m, Gravel, Elev: 2500 ft