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Bwabwata National Park

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Bwabwata National Park is in Caprivi in Namibia.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

Landscape[edit]

The largest of the parks in Caprivi, Bwabwata National Park covers the whole of the Caprivi strip with a somewhat unique landscape. It is situated on an old dune system which means that there are a number of drainage lines running north west-south east across the whole length of the park.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The vegetation is a mixture of riverine forest, teak forest, acacia fringe woodland on the edge of the drainage lines and open grassland.

Climate[edit]

Get in[edit]

Fees and permits[edit]

Get around[edit]

Bwabwata has a national route running the length of the park (the B8) with 120 km/h speed limits. The road is unfenced, so watch your speed and avoid driving at night time if possible. Many animals are killed each year by vehicles, including endangered species such as wild dogs, which are very inquisitive of vehicles.

See[edit]

Map of Bwabwata National Park
  • 1 Popa Falls. Popa Game Park (Q2104080) on Wikidata

Wildlife[edit]

Expect to see buffalo, hordes of elephant, lion (which are making a big comeback in the area), leopard, African wild dog, sable, roan, giraffe, and the usual impala, kudu, and zebra.

In the rainy season, the drainage lines fill with rain that sits in natural pans, providing drinking water for game long into the dry months. Once the water evaporates completely, the game moves to the Kwando and Kavango rivers. If you are staying on the riverfront, the best time of year for seeing game is July-November.

Do[edit]

When there is water in the pans there is an almost unexplored road network (most of which is old routes created by the South African military) in the park interior.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Hombe Supermarket and Take Away, +264 66 259 048. 8AM–6PM daily.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Camping[edit]

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

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