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    Hello,

    We're planning to make a roundtrip through Namibia and Botswana in October this year and then also visit the Epupa falls. I've read that it's very dry at the moment. Does anyone have an idea if the Epupa falls will be worth a visit in October? Or is it better to skip it and use this day somewhere else?

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    I see the power station in Whk some times is working, that means then usually that Ruacana is not operating, which means no water through the turbines, then it could be that the falls don't have water, or very little. The Ruacana is depend on water from the dam upstream in Angola.
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    We visited the fall's last July when they were flowing nicely ...It's a magical place....

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    On Nampower website they report 34 cub m /sec
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    On Nampower website they report 34 cub m /sec
    For Ruacana falls or Epupa falls?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    For Ruacana falls or Epupa falls?
    I assume thats what is currently running thr' the turbines at Ruacana. Ruacana falls are bone dry anyway for 99% of the time as the water is diverted thr' the turbines.
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    If this is what you want to see , only when Cunene is in flood after heavy rains in Angola .
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    Default Re: Water Epupa falls

    Thank you for the answers. Is Ruacana usually about the same level of water as Epupa? Do I understand it right that it all depends on the power station? So then there's nothing to say about the chances in October?

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    Contact Koos Verwey at Epupafalls lodge. He is right next to the river operating a beautiful lodge. He will give you on the spot info. The best out there.
    or use the links below to get hold of him through his website as he may be off doing some tours back country or in Angola.

    I chatted to a farmer in that area quite recently and he told me the river was quite dry.

    http://www.openafrica.org/experience...e-and-campsite
    http://epupafallslodge.com/contact-us/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nakoma View Post
    Thank you for the answers. Is Ruacana usually about the same level of water as Epupa? Do I understand it right that it all depends on the power station? So then there's nothing to say about the chances in October?
    Yes . I saw both towers are smoking today in Windhoek, so it could be that Ruacana is not working, or can't. Yes flow is control from the storage dam in Angola for the Ruacana Turbines. Normally the flow varies during the day depends on the demand for power varies.

    It might be that the dam levels are too low?!, or only down temporarily for maintenance.
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    If those two chimneys are smoking we do not get enough power from za. Or we are supplying to zim.

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    This was the river down stream of the Ruacana falls a week ago. Best to call one of the lodge on the river closer to October Click image for larger version. 

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    We were there 25th of June this year and this is how it looked. Nothing spectacular and the area is very very dry.

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    Default Re: Water Epupa falls

    Quote Originally Posted by ErichV View Post
    We were there 25th of June this year and this is how it looked. Nothing spectacular and the area is very very dry.

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    We were there in April 2017 and there was plenty of water. Four weeks Later in Late May we were at Kunene River camp and and The river levels has dropped dramatically and the falls were a trickle until they opened the dam. All you can do is keep an eye out for therian and check ith the lodge. Have a nice sty.

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    Where does the Kunene get fed from if not by water let out of the power station and rain in Angola?

    We know there has been little rain in Angola and none recently. So if no water is let out from the power station for a couple of days and the river is already very low (as Erwin's photo suggests) then it is quite plausible that Epupa can possibly be dry or very near dry.

    I guess it can vary from a trickle to a strong trickle from week to week, again depending on water from Ruacana and how empty the river is when the water is released.

    But it will most definitely not soon look like oom Jan's photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by janseekat View Post
    If those two chimneys are smoking we do not get enough power from za. Or we are supplying to zim.

    Or Ruacana is not supplying enough. With the 4 turbines running we export as far as I know, but 34 cub m it will not be possible either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Where does the Kunene get fed from if not by water let out of the power station and rain in Angola?
    The sluice gates damaged by the RSA forces to get a continues through flow the Calueque dam has been repaired to be able to control the flow through Ruacana, in order to supply the varying demand. Its also the cheapest electricity thus used maximal. For years there were only 2 turbines, which could only work if the river was in flood. Now I think they have 4 turbines.

    Thus most of the flow now in the Kunene below Rauacan is from the Calugue dam for the Ruacana power station. Ruacana falls only have water in case of a flood that overflowing the dams. There is also dam on top of the Ruacana falls to canal the water away through the turbines.
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    Default Re: Water Epupa falls

    Thanks to everyone for the answers. I guess we'll have to wait untill October then to find out what it will be like. I understand there will not be the most water then, but there's still a difference in water level possible that makes if it's worth it or not.

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    Default Re: Water Epupa falls

    This is what Epupa Falls looked like on 24 August 2019 (2 weeks ago)

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