Community based tourism

Hippo Pools Camp Site

Accommodation Namibia - Northern Region

Hippo Pools Camp Site, Ruacana, NamibiaFalling asleep with the deep grunts of Hippo as a lullaby, waking up to the bright twitter of birds, at times perhaps even hearing the rush of a waterfall in the distance this is the magic of Hippo Pool Campsite at Epupa Falls.

Attractions: Hippo Pool is situated next to the Ruacana Falls. Ruacana used to be the place where Himba people sacrificed cattle out of reverence for their ancestors. This campsite, a tranquil spot surrounded by water and mountains, lends itself to serve as a base for excursions into Kaokoland and to Epupa Falls. Hippo Pool consists of 10 campsites under Mopane trees and acacias on the bank of the river. Each site has a fireplace and barbeque facilities. There is a communal ablution block with hot showers and eco-toilets. At the reception you can buy firewood and borrow paraffin lamps.

Bird lovers will be thrilled about the large numbers of rare species in this area; guests will also enjoy a visit to the mighty Ruacana Falls nearby. Guided walks to the falls are available too. Please note that the falls are dry between June and December. Nevertheless they are a spectacular sight even then. Other activities include hiking tours along the Kunene River, a visit to a permanent Himba settlement (only possible early in the morning before the Himba start their daily activities), to a cattle post or to NamPower's hydro electric power station.

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Restore your energy at this revitalizing naturally beautiful falls and wake up with the sound of hippos, birdlife and distant Ruacana Falls.

Why visit?

A chance to visit these natural water falls, a gateway to Epupa Falls and Kaokoland. Stay at relaxing picnic spot over the river. Guided walks to the Ruacana Falls, a diversity of rare bird species and access to the Himba and Zemba settlements.


Craft shop
Camp site braai facilities under Mopane trees
Local guides
Ablution block with showers

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Culture of Himba & Zemba indigenous people
Diversity of rare and endemic bird species
Enjoy guided walks to the Ruacana Waterfalls
Enjoy guided walks along the Kunene River and observe wildlife
Experience a visit in a Himba permanent settlement or a cattle post.
Visit the Ruacana waterfalls

Nearby attractions:

Ruacana waterfalls
Epupa Falls
Tsandi Traditional Homestead

Note the falls are dry between June and December

Booking fee applicable (once-off).

Contact & reservations:

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