Mudumu: Namibia's hidden jewel

Mudumu National Park offers woodland, water and wildlife, just a few minutes away from some of Caprivi's premier lodges – and there are three simple campsites in the park if you really want to get away from it all.

The park is huge: over 1,000 square kilometres, but very accessible if you have a 4x4 or travel with a guided tour from the nearby Namushasha or Lianshulu lodges. Dense mopane woodlands lie at the core of the park, which also includes immense leadwood trees. The combination of forest and water ensures a wealth of wildlife. Zebra and impala graze on the  plains, while rare roan and sable antelope seek shelter in the forest. The waterways are inhabited by small groups of shy sitatunga and red lechwe, where you will also find hippos and crocodiles. The entire park is alive with more than 400 species of birds.

Mudumu is bounded by communal conservancies, which link it to Mamili National Park in the South, and Bwabwata National Park to the north west, forming a vast conservation zone.

In 2006 the Bwabwata, Mudumu and Mamili Parks Project was established by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, with the goal of contributing to the ecological and economic development of the Kavango and Zambezi Trans-frontier Conservation Area – KAZA.

In time, southern Zambia and Angola, Botswana's Okavango Delta and the Caprivi triangle will form one of the richest biodiversity areas in Africa. At its heart will lie Mudumu National Park.

Steve Felton

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