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Background Information

Bwabwata national park was established in 2007 and has a size of 6,274 square. It was created from Caprivi Game Park, Mahango Game Reserve and an unproclaimed area along the Kwando River that were united to become Bwabwata National Park. Bwabwata is situated in the Zambezi and Kavango East regions, extending along the Caprivi Strip. It is bounded by the Okavango River to the west and the Kwando River to the east. Angola lies to the north and Botswana to the south. The area is an important migration route from Botswana to Angola for African elephant and some other game species. It is an unusually Protected Area as about 5,500 people live in the park. The Namibian government involves park residents and neighbours in planning and managing the park.

Large concentrations of Elephant and Buffalo, Sable and Roan Antelope are found in the park. Main predators include Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Hyaena. Bwabwata is one of the last refuge of the wild dogs in Namibia. Common Reedbuck, Red lechwe, Sitatunga and Hippo are found along the rivers. Birds include, Wattled Crane, African Skimmer, Western- banded Snake Eagle, Wood Owl, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Narina Trogon, Cape Parrot, and both Red-billed and Yellow- billed Oxpeckers. Low vegetation sand dunes with old drainage lines (omurambas) in between. Zambezi Teak and false Mopane, Camel-Thorn and Leadwood in the Omurambas can be seen here.

By Road / Air: Bwabwata is located 900km/560mi from Windhoek on the Trans Caprivi highway (B8). The park is rarely visited on an organized tour but more often explored independently on a self-drive safari. There are several lodges outside the park with airstrips for chartered flights. Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), located 40km/25mi east of Windhoek, is the main access point into Namibia and most rent a 4 x4 here to begin their journey. Another option is to book a fly-in trip and take charter flights between destinations. Domestic flights to Rundu, 200km/125mi west of the park, may be arranged by Air Namibia, leaving from Eros Airport (ERS) in Windhoek.