The Kunene River, which constitutes the border between Namibia and Angola, is the confluence of several rivers, which rise in the highlands of Angola, i.e., the Kunene, and later becomes Namibias fastest-flowing river as it descends rapidly westwards through narrow gorges and steep ravines to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Epupa Falls are created by the same Kunene River on the border of Angola and Namibia, in the Kaokoland area of the Kunene Region. The river is 0.5 km wide and drops in a series of waterfalls spreading over 1.5 km, with the greatest single drop (as depicted in the picture) being 37 m. The name "Epupa" is a Herero word for "foam", in reference to the foam created by the falling water. (For more info on this nomadic people see: Hereros & Himbas )
With its richly coloured rock walls and dense variety of trees such as fig trees, baobabs and makalani palms, the Epupa Falls are one of Namibias prime scenic destinations. The rushing water, which is clearly audible from Epupa Camp where we stayed, has a seasonal peak flow of more than 500 000 litres per second and occasionally 1 million litres per second.
To quote the Bradt Travel Guide, "Epupa Falls don't compare to Victoria Falls in scale, they are all the more beautiful for occurring in such an arid region." Nowhere else in the world do you find a waterfall contrasted with such wild, arid desert landscape. It is also a great place to go for a dip in one of the hundreds of natural pools gradually carved out of the rocks over millennia by the torrents of the falling water.
Many people prefer to stay out of Epupa Falls because it is far away from the main roads linking Sossusvlei-Etosha and the Capri Strip and it is perceived (due to non-updated versions of guide books) to have very bad roads necessitating 4x4. Our experience was much different: The roads seem to have been renovated and seemingly, except the rainy season, reaching Epupa Falls is considerably easier, even a non-event.
Besides its natural beauty, Epupa Falls has been the centre of much controversy in recent decades because of a large hydroelectric dam project, which seemingly will not materialize.
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vrabieionut (2189) 2012-04-19 1:26
Beautiful capture...I love this wonderful place.Framing and colors are perfect. Well done
SnapRJW (28762) 2012-04-19 1:30
Hello Erdem - A lovely expansive view of this stunning location. Looks from the POV that you were up on 'sunset hill' and maybe enjoying cocktails! You have captured the lush vegetation which lines the riverbank perfectly. The contrasts between the sparsely vegetated hills and riverine area is wonderful isn't it? Warm regards Rosemary
PS. Into my theme with this one.
Royaldevon (25884) 2012-04-19 2:09
Good Morning Erdem,
The light and colours are the first attraction in this fine shot. Then there is a chance to study the contrasts between the tumbling riverlets and green vegetation in the f/g, and the stark, barren hills beyond. A well composed shot.
My warm regards,
dale54 (6241) 2012-04-19 3:01
erdem hi.wow this is lovely work,great POV,and color and light just right!beautifull spot! tfs! dr
golus (2893) 2012-04-19 4:55
Merhaba Erdem Bey,
Her türden doğal güzelliğin bir anda aynı karede sunulduğu çok ender fotoğraflardan. Bu kadar kalabalık ilgi noktasını bu denli planlı, dengeli ve zarif bir biçimde sunabilmek gerçekten büyük tecrübe ve ustalık gerektiriyor. Tebrikler. Selam ve saygılar,
hay_kes (30434) 2012-04-19 5:08
HDR etkisi çok yakışmış Erdem Bey.3 boyut etkisini perçinlemiş.Eline sağlık.
Miguel82 (19202) 2012-04-19 5:18
A splendid natural place
Nice colors and light
have a nice day
mursaloglu (8255) 2012-04-19 7:38
mükemmel bir landscape çekimi. Netlik de oldukça iyi. keşke biraz da kontrast fazla olsaydı öndeki bölüm 3D bir görünüm alırdı. başarılarla.
GREGG (7864) 2012-04-19 11:52
mosaic of colors in any of plans,
shows the beauty of nature in Namibia
away from noisy civilizations,
agulberk (3794) 2012-04-21 19:08
Merhaba Erdem Bey.
Muhteşem bir manzara, mükemmel ve ustaca bir sunum. Suyun akış yönünü takip eden yeşil güzelliğin dağların bozkır rengiyle kombinasyonuna bayıldım. Her şeyiyle dört dörtlük. Elinize , emeğinize sağlık.
Selam ve Sevgilerimle...
GFSSD-1 (3141) 2012-04-23 13:46
muhteşem bir manzara,
öndeki ağaç formları çok ilginç ve güzel,
PS de indian summer efekti ile daha da muhteşem oluyor..
selam ve iyi dileklerle
jmdias (51865) 2012-05-11 3:08
interesting and fabulous these cascades in the middle of the rocks and bushes. I liked the light and the sharpness. we can see every details of this amazing place. the image looks like tilted at right but strangely it is right at left. beautiful work. TFS.
dta (62234) 2012-05-11 3:15
Hello Erdem ,
What a fascinating landscape ! It is amazing to see this lush valley with many water falls , in a so arid scenery .
I add it to my theme .
Waylim (24938) 2012-05-23 23:01
From this high angle and POV, it is like discovering an oasis within the arid land. Everything is so green surrounding the river bed, but anything further is all yellow and dry. This is how our earth must be like from the sky in a much bigger scale.
This is a fantastic shot, great POV, good light the water gives life to the land where it passes...just lovely including the waterfall in the foreground.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3879)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Les plus beaux paysages ..., Namibian Landscapes 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-19 1:01
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