Welcome to Omarunga Camp Namibia. On the
banks of the Kunene River, only a short walk upstream from the spectacular
Epupa Falls lies the Omarunga Camp.
Epupa Camp consists of nine luxury safari-style tents erected on stone
platforms, each with two single beds and en-suite bathroom. All tents
have electricity and mosquito netting and an outside, shaded balcony overlooking
the tranquil Kunene River.
Large makalani palms overhead provide welcome shade from the midday sun.
The adjacent dining room and lounge area also face the Kunene River, along
with a lounging pool for cooling down from the midday heat, or enjoying
a glass of sparkling wine while watching the sun set.
Epupa Camp works closely with the local community to provide them with
access to development opportunities and direct benefits through tourism.
Epupa Camp has a sound ecological policy that includes removing all solid
waste from the area and, whenever practical, recycling waste.
Five exclusive campsites under huge ana and makalani trees allow for a
camping of tranquillity in a secluded, shady and quiet corner along the
Kunene River. Our campsites combine the use of local material with pleasing
attention to detail to allow for a most memorable stay in Namibia.
One of our camping guests rated our showers as the best in Namibia!
Each campsite has a river view and has private ablution facilities, consisting
of a shower with warm & cold water, flush toilets and two hand basins,
a barbeque area and a sink for dishes. The campsites are spacious to easily
allow a group of 10 guests with 5 vehicles with off-road trailers or caravans.
Visit Himba Settlement
Join one of our local Himba guides as they take you through one of the
small Himba villages in the region and learn how these fascinating nomadic
people live, work, think and worship.
You will be allowed to take photographs and will also be taken for a private
visit to a traditional Himba graveyard.
Every evening approximately 1 hour before sunset, we take you in our open
safari vehicle to one of the hills overlooking the Epupa Falls for a sundowner
as the surrounding desert landscape explodes in colors and fascinating
For those of our guests who want more than just to gaze at the river,
we offer half-day and full-day rafting or canoeing trips down the gentle
After taking you to our upriver launch station in our open safari vehicle,
your qualified guide will provide you with all equipment needed and brief
you on the day's expedition.
Bird Watching by Boat Trip
For bird lovers, we offer half-day river birding trips where our expert
guide will point out some of our 238 different species that inhabit the
Kunene region, including Cinderella Waxbill, Rufous-tailed Palm-Thrush
(a permanent resident at our camp), Monteiro’s Hornbill, African
Paradise-Flycatcher, Goliath Heron, African Fish-Eagle, various bee-eaters,
kingfishers ranging from the Giant to the tiny Malachite Kingfisher, bulbuls,
rollers (Purple, Lilac-breasted and European), Rosy Faced Lovebird, Golden,
Spectacled and Lesser Masked-Weaver, and sunbirds, to name just a few.
This is as close to nature as you will get, and truly a soothing way to
spend your morning or afternoon.
Visit Epupa Falls
Every day we offer a guided walk to Epupa Falls. The walk will take you
past the calm waters before the dramatic falls where the Himba people
often come to wash their clothes, bathe, or play in the water. Finally,
you will be taken to the best lookouts of the falls further downstream.
The falls are a total of 700 meter long with a height of 35 meters, including
rapids. Depending on the season, the falls have a typical flow from 20
(winter) to 800 m3 (summer) of water per second.
Our guides can take you along the river or into the surrounding hills
to explore the flora and fauna of the Kaokoland and enjoy stunning views
of the Kunene snaking its way through the dry desert landscape.
During your hike you are likely to come across large Euphorbia bushes
(whose poisonous milky-white latex has been used by the Himba for hunting
for centuries), rose quartz crystals, mopane scrub, and the flat-topped
umbrella thorn with the almost Mexican.
By road from Opuwo
Epupa Camp lies on the banks of the Kunene River in the Kunene Region,
the northern part was known as Kaokoland. From Opuwo take the DR 3700
gravel road north. Epupa is about 180 km or three-hours’ driving
It is scenic road, made slow by the many dry river beds, herds of farm
animals and the nomadic Himba you pass. After 100 km you 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 4x4 vehicle is recommended, especially during the rainy season.
By road from Ruacana
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 4x4 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 4x4 road. It takes up to 10
hours to reach Epupa from Swartbooisdrift - if all goes well.
Only take this road if you are traveling with more than one vehicle and
are experienced 4x4 drivers with plenty of time to spare and lots of spare
Epupa Falls, On the banks of the Kunene River
Airstrip co-ordinates: Length: 800mS 17 01.78’E 13 12.84’
Omarunga Camp Prices
Prices are per person per night