Kavango & Caprivi
The Kwandu Conservancy contains lion, leopard, elephant, roan, reedbuck, kudu, duiker, lechwe, crocodile, bushbuck, tsessebe, warthog, bush pig, hippo, sitatunga, interesting bird life, tiger fish, catfish as well as various tilapia fish species.
As with most of Namibia, the summer (October to April) can be very hot and humid in this part of the country. Many consider the cooler, drier months of May to September a better time during which to travel, especially as there is virtually no rainfall during this period.
Located in the Kavango region, Khaudum National Park is a very basic and rustic park with few concessions to tourism. That said, for those who want a safari that is off the beaten track, this is definitely a place to consider. The park operates an open-park system with only a small area being fenced - this means that the animals can follow their own migratory patterns and are not confined. The roads to the park can be an adventure in themselves and as such it’s important to only consider this park if you are in a convoy of more than one 4x4 vehicle. This route should only be attempted if you are an experienced 4x4 driver.
Khaudum National Park
Often described as a mirror of Botswanas Okavango Delta, Mamili National Park is often dubbed as a watery wonderland. It is the largest wetland area with conservation status in the country.
Birdlife is prolific here, more species have been recorded in Mamili than in any other part of Namibia. The wattled crane, rosy throated longclaw and greater swamp warbler have all been spotted in the area.
Large herds of buffalo and elephants, lion, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, impala, red lechwe, reedbuck and the elusive sitatunga are also to be found within the park.
The park is prone to flooding and should only be visited by the proficient 4x4 driver. It is highly recommended to only visit the park in a convoy of at least 2 vehicles.
Mamili National Park
Mudumu National Park is in the Caprivi region of Namibia, it combines scenic riverine habitat with vast mopane forest. Situated on the Kwando river, on the border of Angola, Mudumu is home to roan and sable antelope, elephant, cape buffalo, lions, leopard, hyenas and wild dogs. Over 400 bird species have been documented in the region, including cranes, storks, ibis and jacana. The park acts as a migration corridor linking Namibia with Angola and Botswana, giving animals such as elephants the ability to follow their own migratory trail.
The Salambala Conservancy, situated opposite Botswana’s Chobe National Park, is one of the most biologically diverse areas, comprising of riverine habitats, floodplains and mopane woodlands. It boast a high diversity of bird species, including many that are rare elsewhere in Namibia.
Species present in the park include, lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, waterbuck, tsessebe, kudu, duiker, reedbuck, common impala, blue wildebeest, lechwe, hippo, crocodile, plains zebra, warthog, steenbok and various fish species.
Mudumu National Park
Bwabwata National Park
Known locally as the ‘Peoples Park’ due to it’s inhabitants being both wildlife and human. This park is a true example of wildlife and people living together in harmony.
One main road leads through the park which means that viewing game can be very hit and miss, however, if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of elephant, roan antelope or kudu, or one of the other 330 bird species found within the park.
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The Mashi Conservancy contains lion, leopard, elephant, hippo, roan, sitatunga, cheetah, tsessebe, reedbuck, kudu, duiker, warthog, crocodile, bushbuck, lechwe, steenbok, hippo, tsessebe, interesting bird life, tiger fish, catfish, various tilapia fish species.