Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Arriving at Epupa at 9pm on a Saturday was not ideal. The camp we planned on staying at was chock a block full. Being a Saturday night, the locals were in the street and at the shebeen letting their hair down. Taking a chance, Carlos got out to see if Omaronga Lodge had any accommodation available. This is when a "bad" day got a whole lot better. Giellie, and Afrikaans speaking young man, welcomed us to the Lodge. He had a camp spot for us. He introduced us to the Lodge and camp site, showing us what was where and how things worked. He made us feel right at home. A real blessing after a grueling day. We made small work of setting up camp whiles the other campers were still around their fires. One can hear the falls clearly, even above the noise of human voices. It had to be close by. Tomorrow will have to reveal all that. Straight to bed we went.
Awakening the next morning there was a flurry of activity in the camp. Except for one stand, the camp was full. This was the first time we experienced a problem with getting a stand. Since we started our tour we had only booked at 2 places in advance. The very first camp in Salt Rock, and the one in Mbotji. Because of the nature of our travels it is difficult to know when we would be where – thus we just go and hope to find a stand.
Anyways, Epupa falls was right on our doorstep. Opening the tent door in the morning was a wonderful surprise. The big Kunene River runs pass the camp with the falls mist a little way away. This is one of the nicest camps we have stayed at. They have huge Macalani Palms giving much needed shade, a neat and well organized operation run by Giellie and his wife Cindy. The Lodge facilities, pool, bar and Wi-Fi areas available to the campers too. Lovely new big ablutions with solar hot water to use as well as a scullery and washing area to make life easier for the campers.
Just before you think of taking a dip in the Kunene with its lovely inviting waters, a big 4 meter Crocodile bathing in the early morning sun with its mouth wide open to display his lethal teeth, warns you to stay clear of the river – it belongs to him.
The falls is a walk away. The most amazing thing is that there are no barriers, walkways or restrictions to you viewing the falls. One can walk right up to the edge of the fall, or as far as your stomach will allow. All at your own risk goes without saying. It contributes to the experience of being at the falls
We spoke to a couple of campers that came from where we were planning to go the next day. What gave us piece of mind was a group of 4 vehicles that towed 2 caravans and trailers. This meant that we should be able to do the route. The first leg to Enyandi was rough but apparently the better part of the stretch to Ruacana. The leg to follow was the one to be concerned about. Lucky for us we were doing it “down hill” which was the better way to do it.
We soon realized that people have different opinions depending on past experience and so, the knowledge that they made it was basically our only consolation. Let's wait and see what tomorrow brings.