Wedged between Angola and Botswana the Caprivi
Game Park extends along the Okavango River for
about 112 miles (180km) until it meets the Kwando
River in the east. Although it was proclaimed
a park in 1968, it was controlled by the South
African Defence Force and not managed as a conservation
area. As a result there are few tourist facilities
and the terrain is extremely sandy so a 4X4
vehicle is a pre-requisite.
terrain is generally flat with deciduous woodlands,
except for some 97-195 feet high (30-60m) dunes
covered in vegetation.
Although game is present, you may not see much
as you are restricted to the single road running
through the park.
The Kwando River runs through this National
Park which offers a true African wilderness
experience. In contrast to the rest of Namibia,
the area is lush with marches, riverine forests,
dense savannah and mopane woodland.
for a National Park there is a private lodge
within its boundaries – Lianshulu Lodge
– which offers guided walks, nature drives,
boating and bird watching. South of Lianshulu
the river breaks up into a labyrinth of channels
to form the Linyati Swamp.
An astonishing 430 species of birds have been
recorded which is nearly 70% of Namibia’s
total, and much game including the rare sitatunga
and red lechwe as well as buffalo, elephant,
zebra, antelopes, hippo and crocodiles.