Activities at Epupa Falls Lodge

Whether you came to Epupa Falls Lodge to relax, learn about the Himba or to do some serious bird watching, you will find the perfect activity from the range of activities at Epupa Falls Lodge.

2017_05_19 Snakes-2

Himba Village Tour: N$ 750.00 pp.

Epupa Falls Lodge pridEFL Himba Village Toures itself that it is the only lodge in the area that offers the local Himba guides to take out clients without employing them. This means, the guide is able to make a living for himself and what the guest pays is what the guide receives.

The Himba guides will take the guests into the Epupa valley where they visit a Himba village that is still active and lived in. (Sometimes, guests will need to drive a bit further afield to find Himba villages as the Himba in the area are still nomadic. Visitors can expect to see the daily life of the Himba here as this is a normal working kraal.

Please note that photographers who wish to spend time with the Himba need to inquire about special rates. This tour is not for photographers.

For more information on the Himba Tour or Photographing the Himba, please read here and here.

EFL Sundown Activity (Janine)

Sundown Drives: N$ 350.00 pp. (Snacks and drinks included)

A drive up the hill overlooking Epupa Falls by Koos. Again, this needs to be pre-booked. Visitors will not only have the most beautiful views but also Koos’s incredible knowledge. Worth every penny and a must do if time allows.

The sundown activity can also be done with a local guide taking you to the viewpoint via a scenic walk. This can be booked in camp.

Day Drives: N$ 2000 pp.

Take a scenic drive with Koos through the Zebra Mountains and visit a Himba village along the way with optional hiking for the more active. Anyone with an interest in the local trees or birds should consider this activity. Excursion includes lunch.

EFL Guided Walks

Other activities (Rates on request):

  • Hiking trails by local guides, rates depend on length of trail and number of people
  • Nature drives combined with hiking
  • Bird watching by local guides



Although we do not offer fishing as an activity, if you rock up with your gear, we’ll advise on the best fishing spots and help as much as we can!


This is a list of the birds in the greater Epupa Falls area, not just in camp.

Bird List 2013/2014

All bird names & categorisation are according to the Roberts Bird guide (2007)


Redbilled Spurfowl (Francolin)
Hartlaub’s Spurfowl (Francolin)
Helmeted Guineafowl
Egyptian Goose
Lesser Honeyguide
Golden-tailed Woodpecker
Acacia Pied Barbet
Monteiro’s Hornbill
Red-billed Hornbill
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Grey Hornbill
Common Scimitarbill (Wood-Hoopoe)
Lilac-breasted Roller
Purple Roller
Giant Kingfisher
Grey-headed Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
African Pygmy Kingfisher
Woodland Kingfisher
Little Bee-eater
Madagascar (Olive) Bee-eater
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
Red-faced Mousebird
African Cuckoo
Diderick (Diederik) Cuckoo
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Jacobin Cuckoo
Striped Cuckoo
White-browed Coucal
Ruppel’s Parrot
Rosy-faced Lovebird
Alpine Swift
Bradfield’s  Swift
Little Swift
African Palm Swift
White-rumped Swift
Grey (Lourie) Go-away Bird
Barn Owl
Verraux’s (Giant) Eagle-owl
Pearl-spotted Owlet
Freckled Nightjar
Speckled (Rock) Pigeon
African Mourning Dove
Cape Turtle-Dove
Emerald-Spotted Wood-Dove (Green-spotted)
Laughing Dove
Namaqua Dove
Black Crake
Namaqua Sandgrouse
Double-Banded Sandgrouse
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Greater Painted-Snipe
African Jacana
Spotted (Dikkop) Thick-knee
Water (Dikkop) Thick-knee
Blacksmith (Plover) Lapwing
Crowned (Plover) Lapwing
Temminck’s Courser
Yellow-billed Kite
African Fish-Eagle
Back-Chested (breasted) Snake Eagle
Gabar Goshawk
Shikra (Little Banded Goshawk)
Booted Eagle
Grey Kestrel
Rock Kestrel
Tawny Eagle
Verreauxs’ (Black) Eagle
Augur Buzzard
African Harrier-Hawk (Gymnogene)
Lanner Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
African Darter
Reed Cormorant
Cattle Egret
Little Egret


Goliath Heron
Green-back Heron
Grey Heron
White-backed Night Heron
Black Stork
Saddle-billed Stork
African Golden Oriole
African Paradise-Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Drongo
Black-Backed Puffback
Crimson-breasted (Bou-bou) Shrike
Swamp Bou-bou
Southern White-crowned Shrike
White-tailed Shrike
Pirit Batis
Lesser Grey Shrike
Common Fiscal (Shrike)
Ashy Tit
Common House Martin
Rock Martin
Lesser Striped Swallow
Wire-tailed Swallow
AfricanRed-eyed Bulbul
Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Bulbul)
Long-billed Crombec
Yellow-bellied Eremomela
Lesser Swamp Warbler (Cape Reed)
Willow Warbler
Bare-cheecked Babbler
Rattling Cisticola
Black-chested Prinia
Groundscraper Thrush
Short-toed Rockthrush
Spotted Flycatcher
Ashy (Blue-grey) Flycatcher
Kalahari Schrub-Robin
Rufous-tailed Palm-Thrush
Familiar Chat
Mountain Wheatear (Chat)
Cape Glossy Starling
Pale-winged Starling
Violet-Backed (Plum-coloured) Starling
Wattled Starling
Yellow-billed Oxpecker
Dusky Sunbird
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
White-bellied Sunbird
Scaly-feathered Finch
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver
White-browed Sparrow-weaver
Chestnut Weaver
Golden Weaver
Lesser Masked-Weaver
Southern Masked Weaver
Spectacled Weaver
Red-billed Quelea
Southern Red Bishop
Red-headed Finch
Green-winged Pytillia (Melba Finch)
Blue Waxbill
Common Waxbill
Violet-eared Waxbill
Red-billed Firefinch
Jameson’s Firefinch
Long-tailed Paradise Wydah
Shaft-tailed Wydah
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow
Great Sparrow
African Pied Wagtail
African (Grasveld) Pippit
Black-throated Canary
White-throated Canary
Lark-like Bunting
Cape Bunting
Golden-breasted Bunting
Cinnamon-Breasted (Rock) Bunting