Kapika Waterfall Camp
Epupa Falls - Kaokoland - Namibia
Epupa Falls is not only one of Namibia's prime tourist destinations, but is also the country's most northern settlement. It is 186km in a north-westerly direction from the small town of Opuwo and in January 2010, Kapika Waterfall Camp welcomed their first guests. The entire Kaokoland region is one of Namibia's last remaining wilderness areas where 'off-the-beaten track' destinations such as the Marienfluss and Hartmann Valleys make for exciting and adventurous 4x4 self-drive tours.
Unlike all the other lodges at Epupa Falls, Kapika Waterfall Camp is not situated on the banks of the river but has been built on a hill above the Epupa settlement. This gives the lodge a different feeling to the other accommodation in the area - instead of having immediate access to the river, guests here gain splendid views of the river system and the rocky hills on the opposite bank.
Although not the biggest or highest in Africa, Epupa Falls does have a its own signature when it comes to a seasonal waterfall. The attractive scenery lures visitors to a series of cascades, where the Kunene River drops just 60m over a distance of about 1.5km. They subsequently divide into a mass of channels that form a myriad of rock pools. Wild fig trees, huge baobab and waving Makalani palms, combined with magnificent sunsets, add to the Epupa experience.
Kapika Waterfall Camp has a restaurant and bar both situated in an outside 'lapa' which is a great spot to wine and dine with fellow travellers. The swimming pool, which adjoins the lapa and overlooks the river is a favourite spot for a a dip, especially after a nature walk or hard day's dusty drive.
Accommodation is in 10 spacious, but basic, chalets, each with 2 single beds - mosquito nets are standard. The rooms include en-suite showers, a toilet and hand basin - this bathroom area opens directly into the room (separated by a low wall and open doorway) and provide little privacy, although steps are being taken to remedy this situation. Individual private terraces are the perfect place to appreciate the Kunene River and its surroundings, and to enjoy a sundowner – all from the comfort of your own balcony!
- Scenic drives
- Drive through regions of Kaokoland and discover the wonders of this unspoiled area. (2hr)
- Nature walks
- Enjoy a relaxing guided stroll through the local village to the main falls. The trip continues along the Kunene River, with sensational views of Epupa Falls and an abundance of birdlife. (2-3hr)
- Himba Village Tour
- a ride in their off-road vehicle to one of the last genuine, pastoral and nomadic Himba tribes remaining in mankind. Learn of their culture and fascinating way of life. (4hr)
- A bird-watchers paradise with over 240 species to tick off. On your guided walk, discover the amazing flora and fauna en-route whilst seeing birds such goliath herons, hornbills, paradise fly catchers ,fish eagles, various bee-eaters, kingfishers and the African grey lourie.
- Enjoy a thirst-quenching drink as the wonderful sun sets over the horizon. (1.5hr) Rafting: The more adventurous can opt for a session of white-water rafting along the Kunene River.
The best way to reach Epupa Falls and Kapika Waterfall Lodge is via Opuwo and Okongwati on the road D3700. On entering Epupa keep an eye open for the tiny signpost for Kapika - this will lead you into the Epupa settlement and across the football pitch - once you have scored a goal - follow the track up the hill towards the thatched buildings!
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