The tiny Kunene River town of Ruacana (from the Herero words orua hakahana – 'the rapids') is the jumping-off point for visiting the Ruacana Falls. Here the Kunene River splits into several channels before plunging 85m over a dramatic escarpment and through a 2km-long gorge of its own making. Ruacana was built as a company town to serve the 320-megawatt underground Ruacana hydroelectric project, which now supplies over half of Namibia’s power requirements.
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