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Kunene Valley Scenic Route

Epupa Falls - Ruacana

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Landscape Landscape
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Wildlife Wildlife
Road conditions Road conditions
Security Security
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Urban life Urban life
Culture Culture
Kunene Valley Scenic Route ACTIVATE MAP Stages1 km162 h/stage5.0

Best months to drive

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Kunene Valley Scenic Route in Namibia?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 54EUR drive & more 25EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 48EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 128EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 182EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 81EUR drive & more 25EUR sleep & more 110EUR eat & more 72EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 207EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 288EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 144EUR drive & more 38EUR sleep & more 187EUR eat & more 96EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 321EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 465EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 225EUR drive & more 50EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 48EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 153EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 378EUR
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Kunene Valley Scenic Route Itinerary

Experience the Kunene Valley Scenic Route, a breathtaking 162 km journey through northern Namibia. The best time to drive this route is during the dry season, from May to September, when the roads are in the best condition. Along the way, you'll be treated to stunning views of the Kunene River, the Epupa Falls, and the rugged landscapes of Kaokoland. The roads are partially accessible by 4WD only, and can be narrow and curvy in some sections. Please be aware that seasonal road closures due to weather conditions are possible. Despite the overall poor road conditions, this road trip provides a very high level of experience and memories. It is suitable for every driver and can be managed with a fair budget.
number of days 1 number of days
route length 162 km route length
budget moderate budget
good for adventurer good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level fair accident level

START Epupa Falls

Distance 162 km Driving time 5.0 h Pace: slow 37.3 kWh
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Epupa Falls in Namibia is the perfect starting point for the Kunene Valley Scenic Route road trip. Located on the border between Namibia and Angola, the falls are a spectacular sight, with the Kunene River dropping over a series of terraced cascades and rapids up to 60 meters high. Visitors can admire the beauty of the falls from various vantage points and explore the nearby Himba villages. The closest international airport to Epupa Falls is Hosea Kutako International Airport (IATA code: WDH), located roughly 170km away. The journey to Epupa Falls from the airport can be completed by renting a car, with car rental companies offering a range of vehicles to suit all budgets. A visit to Epupa Falls should not be missed, with an array of activities to keep visitors entertained. From kayaking and fishing in the Kunene River to game drives and nature walks, there is something for everyone. The surrounding area is also home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Namibia, with visitors able to observe the wildlife and lush vegetation in the region. Epupa Falls is the ideal starting point for a road trip along the Kunene Valley Scenic Route. With its spectacular views, activities and wildlife, it is the perfect way to kick off an unforgettable journey.

1 Epupa Falls - Ruacana

Distance 162 km Driving time 5.0 h Pace: slow 37.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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This 162 km road trip from Epupa Falls to Ruacana is a great way to explore the beauty of Namibia. From the spectacular Epupa Falls to the rugged Ruacana, this journey takes about 5 hours to complete. Be sure to bring a 4WD vehicle as some sections of the road are inaccessible to cars with camper trailers. There are also some sections that may be closed seasonally, and the road is very winding in some areas. Keep in mind that there may be a lack of gas stations along the way, and some sections of the road are narrow. Take in the picturesque landscapes and scenic roads along the way. You'll be sure to enjoy the amazing views and unique experiences this road trip has to offer. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, be sure to check out the "Itinerary" of this stage.

  Ruacana

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Ruacana, located in Namibia, is the perfect ending point for the Kunene Valley Scenic Route. This route is known for its captivating views of the Kunene River, the Ruacana Falls, and the scenic mountains of the surrounding area. When visiting Ruacana, tourists can enjoy a variety of activities. The Ruacana Falls, located on the Kunene River, is a beautiful sight to behold. The falls are over 100 meters tall and provide a dramatic backdrop to the town. The nearby mountains provide excellent hiking and off-road biking opportunities. The nearby town of Oshikango provides a variety of activities. Tourists can visit the local markets, wander the streets and take in the local culture, or take a boat ride on the Kunene River. The town is also home to the Ruacana Historical Monument, a memorial of the battles fought during the Namibian War of Independence. For those travelling by air, the closest international airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (IATA: WDH). The airport is located a short drive away from Ruacana, and from there the Kunene Valley Scenic Route can be reached in a few hours. Ruacana is the perfect ending point for the Kunene Valley Scenic Route. With its beautiful scenery, vibrant culture and many activities to enjoy, this small town provides a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Kunene Valley Scenic Route at a glance

Facts for safer driving in Namibia

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 120 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls no
seat belts seat belts yes

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