Ruacana Falls are
waterfalls located at 17°23'37"S 14°13'1"E on the Kunene River in Northern
Namibia near Ruacana. The waterfall is 120 meters (390 ft) high and 700
meters (2,300 ft) wide in full flood.
The Epupa Falls on the Kunene River ("Cunene" is the Angolan spelling of the river) are located 135 km (84 mi) downstream on the border of Angola and Namibia.
Ruacana Falls are not
the destination they once were. The Calueque Dam in Angola has stopped any
flooding and the steady stream that does come though is deviated through the
hidden turbines of the hydroelectric power station. However, this corner of
the country is still worth a visit; the Kunene River continues to flow,
there is a range of water sports including excellent white water rafting and
canoeing, beautiful riverside accommodation and the chance to see the
Himba and their villages. Ruacana Falls are 15 km from Ruacana,
well signposted from the C46. The falls can still be spectacular, but this
requires consistent heavy rains (i.e. summer). For views of the falls, March
to April are your best bets to see water crashing over the rocks.
Year-round, the flow of the river is increased with demand for electricity
(weekdays in the morning and evening) and it takes roughly four and eight
hours for the flow to reach Kunene River Lodge (for rafting) and Epupa Falls
Phone code: 065. Police: 10111.
|Related||Maps||Accommodation in the area:||Activities in the area|
|Hotels||Pensions||B&Bs||Lodges||Camping & others|
|Opuwo||General||Ermo Game Farm||Oase Guest House||Tandala Ridge B&B||Etendeka Mountain Camp||Oppi-Koppi Rest Camp||Game drives|
|Himbas||Etosha||Kavita Lion Lodge||Ondundu||Gelbingen Safaris||Etosha Mountain Camp||Kamanjab Rest Camp||Afri-Leo Project|
|Ondangwa||Regions||-||-||Kunene River Lodge||Fort Sesfontein||Otjitambi Guest Farm||Rock paintings|
|Khorixas||-||-||-||Ruacana Eha Lodge||Rustig Toko Lodge||Onjowewe House||Himba tours|
|Popa Falls||-||-||-||-||Grootberg Lodge||Otjitotongwe Cheetah Guest Farm||Car rental|
|Opuwo||-||-||-||-||Hobatere Lodge||Hippo Pools Camp Site||-|
|-||-||-||-||-||Huab Lodge||Alpec Bush Camp & Game Park||-|
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