Friday, February 22, 2008

34: The Epupa waterfalls

Northern-western part of Namibia is known as Kaokoland and it is home to the Herero and Himba people. In the north, the Kunene River with its impressive system of waterfalls and cataracts separates it from Angola. The biggest of the Kunene River (and Namibia's) waterfalls is called "Epupa", which in local Herero and Himba language means "falling water". The Epupa falls might not seem impressive in size (they are only 35m), but you should remember that they occur in an extremely arid region. If you take that into account, they are actually pretty spectacular.

The Kunene River separates Namibia (located on the south rim of the river) from Angola (located on the north rim of the river):

The Epupa falls:

One of many baobabs balancing on rocks above the chasm:

At Epupa the river widens to accommodate a few small islands and to form its own little ecosystem, which dominant feature is presence of Makalani palms:

Not more than 30 meters away from the river the land reverts to typical Kaokoveld's semi-desert: