Popa Game Park

Quick facts

Gazetted:
1989
Description:

Most commonly known as Popa Falls, this is Namibia’s smallest game park is big on birds, with more than 400 species recorded here.

The park resort conserves a small patch of riverine forest on the west bank of the Okavango River and on small islands. The course of the river is interrupted by a quartzite ledge, creating a four-metre-high series of rapids, known as the Popa Falls, before the river continues on its journey to Botswana and the Okavango Delta. Popa Falls is a popular stepping-stone for tourists visiting nearby protected areas such as the Khaudum National Park, and the Buffalo and Mahango areas of the Bwabwata National Park and, a bit further afield, the Mudumu and Mamili national parks in the Caprivi Region. A small rest camp and campsite provide the ideal base for visiting Mahango, just 14 km to the south.

Location: Just south of Divundu on the road to the Botswana border.

Natural features: Lush vegetation, extensive lawns, riverine forest, the Popa Falls (rapids) on the Okavango River.

Vegetation: Tree and Shrub Savannah Biome. Vegetation type: Okavango Valley. Trees include jackal-berry (Diospyros mespiliformis) and knob-thorn (Acacia nigrescens).

Wildlife: Crocodile, hippo, vervet monkey, broad-head catfish and oscillated spiny eel. The 417 bird species recorded here include slaty egret, saddle-billed stork, bat hawk, western banded snake-eagle, collared pratincole, Heuglin’s robin.

Tourism: Bird-watching. Angling. Walking. Rest camp with bungalows. Day visits to Buffalo, Mahango. Communal kitchen and ablution facilities. Restaurant and kiosk. Several nearby lodges offer boat trips. The park is run by Namibia Wildlife Resorts.