Ruacana Falls
Kunene Region

Ruacana Falls are waterfalls located at 1723'37"S 1413'1"E on the Kunene River in Northern Namibia near Ruacana. The waterfall is 120 meters (390 ft) high and 700 meters (2,300 ft) wide in full flood.

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The Epupa Falls on the Kunene River ("Cunene" is the Angolan spelling of the river) are located 135 km (84 mi) downstream on the border of Angola and Namibia.

Ruacana Falls are not the destination they once were. The Calueque Dam in Angola has stopped any flooding and the steady stream that does come though is deviated through the hidden turbines of the hydroelectric power station. However, this corner of the country is still worth a visit; the Kunene River continues to flow, there is a range of water sports including excellent white water rafting and canoeing, beautiful riverside accommodation and the chance to see the photogenic Himba and their villages. Ruacana Falls are 15 km from Ruacana, well signposted from the C46. The falls can still be spectacular, but this requires consistent heavy rains (i.e. summer). For views of the falls, March to April are your best bets to see water crashing over the rocks. Year-round, the flow of the river is increased with demand for electricity (weekdays in the morning and evening) and it takes roughly four and eight hours for the flow to reach Kunene River Lodge (for rafting) and Epupa Falls respectively.
Phone code: 065. Police: 10111.

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Himbas Etosha Kavita Lion Lodge Ondundu Gelbingen Safaris Etosha Mountain Camp Kamanjab Rest Camp Afri-Leo Project
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