In the northeast of Namibia lies the Caprivi Strip, a lush contrast to the arid lands of Namibia. Riverine forests, swamplands and floodplain's house a wide variety of ethnic groups. There is no other region in Namibia that offers such a wide diversity of animal species and the Caprivi is renowned by the bird watching community as well as nature lovers and discerning travellers.
Although the human population in the region is high, there is no shortage of wildlife spotting opportunities as it is home to Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, Elephants, Lions, Buffalo and the rare sitatunga. The Caprivi, Bwabata, Madumu and Mamili National Parks protect the natural flora and fauna within the region.
There are three game parks in the Caprivi region. The Caprivi Game Park is 5715 square kilometers and extends for about 180km from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east. Deciduous woodlands are dominated by trees such as wild seringa, copalwood and Zambezi teak. While the park is sanctuary to 35 large and numerous small game species, visitors are not likely to see many of these animals as vehicles are restricted to the road between Kavango and Eastern Caprivi. Animals likely to be seen are elephant, roan and kudu, buffalo occur towards the west. As many as 339 bird species have been recorded in west Caprivi.
The wild and little visited Mamili National Park is Namibia's equivalent of the Okavango Delta, a watery wonderland of wildlife rich Falcons, river channels and wetlands. The focal points of the 320km2 national park are Nkasa and Lupala, two large Falcons in the Kwando/Linyati river. During the dry season the Falcons can be reached by road but after the rains 80% of the area becomes flooded, cutting them off from the mainland.
Mudumu National Park is a vast 100,959 hectare expanse of dense savannah and mopane woodland with the Kwando River at its western border. The park is home to small populations of sitatunga and red lechwe while spotted neck otter, hippo and crocodile inhabit the waterways. Animals to be encountered are elephant, buffalo, roan, sable, kudu, impala, oribi, zebra, wild dog as well as some 430 species of birds.
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