Although the game is not as abundant as in Namibia’s other game parks, the park is home to Namibia’s largest buffalo herds and offers visitors a true wilderness experience. Apart from the new Nkasa Lupala Lodge recently built close to the entrance gate of the park, there are no facilities and very few people have discovered this very wild tract of land. Cradled by the V-shaped arms of the Kwando-Linyanti River, the 32’000 hectare park was set aside in 1990 to protect and conserve Namibia’s largest wetland, the Linyanti Swamps. This is the area that also mostly resembles the Okavango Delta of Botswana further southwest. From its origins in the highlands of Angola, the Kwando River flows in a southeasterly direction for nearly 1000 kilometers. It then quite unexpectantly makes a 90° turn to the northeast to follow the Gumare fault and becomes known as the Linyanti River (further east in Botswana the same river is called the Chobe River!) The annual floodwaters of the Kwando-Linyanti reach the area in August and September, inundating the floodplains and flooding the relic channels. Predators include lion, leopard and spotted hyena, while crocodile and hippo abound in the river. The success for viewing game differs, but the best season to view game is generally June to November.
Overnight: Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge
Built on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando–Linyanti river system, this unique Namibian wetland paradise in the eastern Caprivi Region, commonly known as Mamili and was recently renamed Nkasa Lupala National Park. The lodge is located on the northern unfenced park border, in the Wuparo Conservancy that is part of the successful and award-winning Namibian conservation program followed by IRDNC and WWF. Nkasa Lupala National Park is famous for its large herds of Elephants and Buffaloes. It has a high population of game that attracts all the major predators. Feasting your eyes on Lions, Leopards and Hyenas is a common phenomenon in this wetland paradise. At times the rare Wild dog even graces us with its presence. The Park has more than 400 recorded bird species, making it a birdwatchers paradise throughout the year
– After heading north into the Zambezi Region finish the day with a 2 hour Boat Cruise along the Kwando River.
The Zambezi (formerly known as Caprivi) Strip is the name given to the little finger of Namibia that sticks eastwards between Angola and Botswana all the way across to Zimbabwe and creates the only spot on the planet where 4 countries meet. Zambezi is almost entirely surrounded by foreign countries. Its only domestic border is a short connection in the west with Okavango. In the northwest, it borders the Cuando Cubango Province of Angola. In the north, it borders the Western Province of Zambia. In the south, it borders the North-West District of Botswana. In the far East, it borders Zimbabwe by a very small strip of land. The Zambezi is a heavily tropical area, with high temperatures and much rainfall during the December to March rainy season, making it the wettest region of Namibia. The terrain is mostly made up of swamps, floodplains, wetland, and woodland.
It is also home to 450 animal species, including elephants, making Zambezi a popular game-watching spot. The wildlife is protected by several nature reserves, such as Bwabwata, Mudumu, Lizauli, WestCapriviGamePark, Mahango Game Reserve, and MamiliNational Park; animals travel freely across the unmarked border with Botswana, where the ChobeNational Park lies. The strip is also a prime bird-watching area, with over 430 different bird species (almost 70 percent of bird species found in Namibia) being recorded here.