Bwabwata National Park (formerly Caprivi Game Reserve)

Bwabwata National Park includes five main zones: the 20, 500-hectare West Caprivi Triangle around Kongola (also known as the Kwando Core Area), the Mahango Game Reserve, Popa Falls, the Buffalo Core Area near Divundu and the now-defunct West Caprivi Game Reserve. Bwabwata aims to rehabilitate wildlife populations that were virtually destroyed by poaching.

Prior to the 2002 Angolan ceasefire, this area saw almost no visitors. Now that peace has returned, however, tourism is slowly starting to pick up again. If youíre looking to get off the beaten path, this is a great area to explore while itís still relatively undiscovered. Bwabwata Park is home to the largest population of elephants in the world. Buffalo Core Conservation Area is the best place to see buffalo. Mahango Core Area has highest concentration of bird species, over 400.

The 25, 400-hectare Mahango Game Reserve occupies a broad flood plain thatís best known for its dry-season concentrations of thirsty ele≠phants. This is the only national park unit in Namibia where visitors are permitted to walk at will; winter is the best time for observing the areaís ample wildlife. The nearest NWR camp is Popa Falls, 15 km north of Mahango.

Near Bagani, the Okavango River tumbles down a broad series of cascades known as Popa Falls. During dry season low water expose a 4 m drop. A kiosk sells the basics.

How to get to Bwabwata:

The park is located 200 km east of Rundu on the B8 Trans-Caprivi highway which runs through the length of Bwabwata (180 km) to Kwando River.

Bwabwata facts:

Proclamation date: 2007.
Size: 6100 sq. km.
Permanent rivers: two.
Dry season: April-November.
Rainy season: November-March.
Rainfall: 600 mm per annum.
Average monthly temperature: 30 C.
Malaria: precautions are necessary.

Related Maps Accommodation in the area Activities in the area
Hotels Pensions B&Bs Lodges Camping & others
Divundu General map Lianshulu Lodge - - Mazambala Island Lodge Camp Kwando Boat cruises
Mamili Park Caprivi Nambwa Lodge - - Lianshulu Lodge Mazambala Island Lodge Game drives
Kongola Regions - - - Namushasha Lodge Bumhill Camp Fishing trips
Katima Mulilo Bwabwata map - - - Impalila Island Lodge Nambwa Camp Mokoro trails
Rundu - - - - Rainbow River Lodge N//goabaca Camp Safari River Boats
Caprivi Game Reserve - - - - Nkasa Lupala Lodge Rupara Camp Islands in Africa: packages
Accommodation in Botswana - - - - Ntwala Island Lodge Nambwa Tented Lodge -
History of Caprivi - - - - Ichingo Chobe River Lodge Mukolo Camp -

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