Hippo Pools Camp
Our Trip Report
The next morning we did not have far to drive to Hippo Pools and we were there quite early. After arrival we walked through the camp and searched for the best camping spot. Since we were the only people there, we could choose the first one on the left as one go ino the camp.
From Ruacana Eha Lodge to Hippo Pools Camp
Hippo Pools Camp is on the banks of the Kunene River, 37km west of the village of Ruacana, on the road from Etosha National Park to Epupa Falls and Opuwo.
Hippo Pools is situated next to the Ruacana Falls. Ruacana used to be the place where Himba people sacrificed cattle out of reverence for their ancestors.
This campsite, a tranquil spot surrounded by water and mountains, lends itself to serve as a base for excursions into Kaokoland and to Epupa Falls. Hippo Pool consists of 10 campsites under mopane trees and acacias on the banks of the river. Each site has a fireplace and barbeque facilities. There is a communal ablution block with hot showers and eco-toilets. At the reception you can buy firewood and borrow paraffin lamps.
Bird lovers will be thrilled about the large numbers of rare species in this area; guests will also enjoy a visit to the mighty Ruacana Falls nearby. Guided walks to the falls are available too. Please note that the falls are dry between June and December. Nevertheless they are a spectacular sight even then.
Other activities include hiking tours along the Kunene River, a visit to a permanent Himba settlement (only possible early in the morning before the Himba start their daily activities), to a cattle post or to NamPower's hydro electric power station.
Hippo Pools Campsite