When you think of Namibia, you probably imagine the endless dunes, a limitless sky with a million stars and an adventure that touches the soul.

But Namibia is more than just a desert wonderland.

If you go beyond the famous sights, you will discover a little-known side of the country; a land full of waterfalls, lush vegetation and refreshing swimming spots.

The ultimate Namibia trip should include a comprehensive itinerary that shows you everything the country has to offer. In this guide, we tell you all about the waterfalls you can visit in Namibia.

Namibia's waterfalls

Often overshadowed by the vastness of the Namib Desert, Namibia actually has a surprisingly large number of waterfalls. These hidden treasures offer a refreshing escape from the arid landscapes and the opportunity to experience a different side of Namibia's diverse topography.

Taking the time to explore Namibia's hidden waterfalls also lends itself to a variety of travel styles.

For the more adventurous, multi-day hikes through remote areas with camping under the stars is an unparalleled experience. Nature lovers can also enjoy scenic walks through lush vegetation, spotting a variety of bird species along the way. And families with children will find refreshing swimming spots and a unique opportunity to connect with nature.

However, if you are only looking for waterfalls, here are the ones worth including in your itinerary.

Epupa waterfalls

The Epupa Waterfalls are located in the remote Kaokoland region in north-western Namibia and are a series of waterfalls on the Kunene River.

The local name Epupa means "falling water" and is a dramatic spectacle, especially during the rainy season when the river swells.

The surrounding landscape, a mixture of mopane forests and towering baobabs, adds to the charm.

Waterfalls of the ǀAi-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

This arid but surprisingly diverse park has a network of cascading waterfalls collectively known as Orange River Falls.

You can hike through the dramatic Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in Africa, and cool off with a dip in the natural pools formed by the waterfalls.

During your hike, look out for the unique desert flora and fauna that has adapted to thrive in this harsh yet beautiful environment.

Important tips for your waterfall adventure

Research: Not all waterfalls are accessible all year round. Some are best visited during the rainy season (November to March) when the water flow is at its peak.

Respect the environment: these waterfalls are often located in sensitive ecosystems, so you must practice responsible tourism by leaving no trace and respecting local customs.

● Pack accordingly: Bring comfortable shoes for hiking, a swimsuit for swimming as well as a hat and sunscreen. Depending on the location, insect repellent and a first aid kit may also be necessary.

Another side of Namibia

Namibia's hidden waterfalls offer a refreshing change from the typical desert trail. They show a different side of this fascinating country, a side where cascading waters carve their way through ancient landscapes, creating a scene of unexpected beauty.

So leave the usual Namibia safaris behind for a while on your next trip to Namibia and explore the hidden treasures that await you beyond the dunes.

Perhaps you will discover your own personal oasis in the heart of Namibia during your stay.

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