Kunene Region - Purros, Opuwo & Epupa Falls
This is probably one of the least discovered regions of Northern Namibia. Is it worth to be a part of a Crafted Expedition?. Oh, yes! However, it needs careful planning of sources.
As you drive from Erongo ‘Damaraland’ Region towards the North to Angola Border, the number of human settlements start turning into small patches of villages here and there and giving way to the scenery of extremely isolated but breath-taking landscapes.
Purros and Orupembe a bit further up may be tiny villages, but it is one of the locations where Desert Elephants and Namib’s famous Desert Lions are frequently seen. Camping facilities are available in both locations for search of these two amazing species with high adaptive skills.
If you continue driving up, there is Marienfluss Plain. It is where the ‘Fairy Circles’ are, a lot of them dispersed over great plains within ridgelines. And the scenery is spectacular. Driving through sandy roads and rocky uphills requires some technical advances and skills. Well, we have them all.
Opuwo is the main city and governing centre of Kunene Region. It is home to Himba Tribes, and one of the few locations where genuine Himba Tribal Life can be observed.
Epupa Falls is a series of waterfalls on Kunene River which signifies the Angola-Namibia border with its channel and meets with the Atlantic Ocean at the tip of Namib’s Skeleton Coast. There are beautiful Baobab, Mopani and Palm Trees around the falls and along the riverbed.
When there is resourceful water around in Africa, there are hippos and crocodiles. When hiking or white water rafting, the main two activities aside from photographic and viewing purposes at the falls, beware of them. In addition to the giants of fresh waters, there is an abundance of bird life which gets richer with the arrival of migratory birds in and after September.
Epupa Falls loses its charm with the loss of water flow rate dramatically decreasing day by day during the dry season. So, it is better to visit this area during the rainy season, between February to May in order not to be welcomed by beautiful but naked rocky rapids.