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Epupa Falls (Photo Diary)

We had fun at the Epupa Falls but going there made us realise how vulnerable the Himba culture is and how lucky we had been to access remote areas by 4×4 and experience the customs of those who are still largely unaffected by the modern world.

The Epupa Falls, Kunene River, Namibia.

The Kunene River forms the natural border between Namibia and Angola.

 

Looking up at palm trees hiding the blue sky, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

We camped by the Epupa Falls under swaying makalani palms on our own private beach.

 

Lucie at the Epupa Falls, Namibia.

 

Across the Kunene river is Angola, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

All that stood between us and Angola was crocodile infested water.

 

Lachlan in the roof top tent, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Note Lula's new hood ornament. We found this skull deep in Kaokoland and thinking it had been a goat, named it Billy the Kid.

 

Himba guys playing pool in a local shabine (pub), Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Improved roads leading to the Epupa Falls mean that it has become easily accessible by tourists and their influence on fragile Himba culture is apparent.

 

Himba guys playing pool in a local shabine (pub), Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Lachlan played pool here one evening and much to everyone's surprise he actually won!

 

Lucie and friends selecting a song on the jukebox at a local shabine (pub) at Himba guys playing pool in a local shabine (pub), Epupa Falls, Namibia.

All and sundry had an opinion when it came to choosing jukebox tunes. Even Bow Wow put in his penny

 

The shop attendant / bar tender in the local store, Himba guys playing pool in a local shabine (pub), Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Seeing as tourists come here, we had assumed that it would be possible to buy fresh provisions. However, this was not the case and in desperation Lachlan bought a can of something revolting called Luncheon Roll that smelt exactly like dog food. Bow Wow really enjoyed it.

 

Himba guys stand out the front of the local shabine (pub) / shop, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

It is unfortunate that their way of life has been tainted by tourism but we couldn't help admiring these debonair young dudes' fusion of western sportswear and traditional Himba gear.

 

Lachlan shows the Himba guys photos on his camera out the front of the local shabine (pub) / shop, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Checking themselves out on Lachlan's camera.

 

Bow Wow sniffing a piglet, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

With goats, pigs and chickens roaming around freely, there were some truly magnificent aromas.

 

A local boy on his donkey, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

A beaming youngster on his loyal donkey.

 

Bow Wow at Epupa Falls, Namibia.

The crocs keep the dog (and occasionally the human) population in check here. Bow Wow, who was desperate to go in for a dip, could only gaze longingly at the water.

 

A lizard on a rock on the Kunene river, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

This two metre long water monitor threw itself in with a plop and Bow Wow looked at us as if to say, "How come its all right for him?".

 

The Epupa Falls on the Kunene River, Namibia.

The thundering, multi-streamed Epupa Falls.

 

Baobab trees line the Epupa Falls on the Kunene river, Namibia.

Baobab trees on the banks of Kunene River.

 

Bow Wow jumping between rocks on the Kunene River at the Epupa Falls, Namibia.

This section, close to the falls, is a croc free zone and safe to swim in but Bow Wow wasn't taking any chances.

 

A young Himba boy blows a bubble at the Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Unthinking tourists give the children gifts like sweets and bubble gum. What about their gnashers?!

 

A boy stands in front of a very large, old tree covered in ancient graffiti. Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Ancient Himba graffiti.

 

A boy stands in front of a very large, old tree covered in ancient graffiti. Epupa Falls, Namibia.

A young Himba boy stands by an engraved baobab tree.

 

Himba children playing in the Kunene river, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Himba children gurgling with laughter.

 

Himba children playing in the Kunene river, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Splish-splashing and slam-dunking.

 

Bow Wow in his kennel, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Bow Wow in his scratcher.

 

Lachlan looking for some food in the local store, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

We try another shop in search of edible canned goods but our quest for decent grub continues.

 

A fashionable local with hat and binoculars at Epupa Falls, Namibia.

How to work binoculars.

 

A local at Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Tico told us that his necklace is made of shells from the ocean. He began wearing it when his father died. It is traditional that a year after a father's death, the siblings will have a ceremony to remember their dad and they will take their necklaces off.

 

Two young himba girls with amazing hair and jewellery, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Pre-pubescent Himba girls wear two thick braids in front of their faces that look like ram horns.

 

Two young himba girls with amazing hair and jewellery, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Gemini.

 

A young himba girl with amazing hair and jewellery, Two young himba girls with amazing hair and jewellery, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Beguiling beauty.

 

Lula the Landy at Two young himba girls with amazing hair and jewellery, Epupa Falls, Namibia.

Time to hit the road again, Lula.


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2 Responses to “Epupa Falls (Photo Diary)”

  1. Tran says:

    I dream of Africa….

  2. Nix says:

    I went to Epupa Falls in June/July 2005 with Raleigh International to build a school about 5 miles or so from the falls. I doubt you would have seen it as it was set back from the road, but if you did, I would love to know how it’s doing.

    We were privileged enough to meet the local Himba and visit the Falls. It was something I will always remember. Glad you also seem to appreciate it.

    Love the blog and getting the updates.

    Good luck with your journey!

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