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Bwabwata National Park

Bwabwata National Park







Poaching Hotline:

+264 (0) 55555 (SMS)


Size:  627,400 ha / 6,274 km2

Species Numbers:  *105 Mammals        *467 Birds        *71 Reptiles

Big Five:  4 of the big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo are present


* Rich and diverse bird life, both rivers provide breeding habitats for wetland birds such as the endangered wattled crane and African skimmer

* Well known for its abundance of elephants and antelopes

* A favourite game viewing spot is Horseshoe, which as the name suggests, is a large perennial oxbow lake with picturesque white-sand banks, surrounded by Zambezi teak woodlands


In 2002, the former Mahango Game Park and the West-Caprivi Game Park were combined to form the Bwabwata National Park. Bwabwata is named after a village in the reserve and means 'the sound of bubbling water.' The new reserve is a large but little-known, sub-tropical game reserve in north-eastern Namibia. 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 and the area is an important migration route from Botswana to Angola for African elephant and some other game species.

Sadly, this part of the Caprivi Strip was badly poached during the Angolan civil war, but recent efforts to rehabilitate the environment seem to be paying off. The reserve is fast becoming an exceptional big game and birding safari destination due to the abundance of water in the region. Animals that you will possibly come across are elephant, blue wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, a variety of antelope, crocodile and hippopotamus, as well as nearly 400 bird species. The park has three conservation zones, Mahango which is excellent for birdwatching, Buffalo with large herds of buffalo often seen and Kwando which includes a wildlife-rich stretch of the Kwando River.

Bwabwata is also known as the 'people's park'. There is a strong focus on rural development and community-managed tourism which ensures that local communities also benefit from the tourist infrastructure.



Simply follow the National Main Road B8 and enter the park at Kongola if travelling from the East, or Bagani if travelling from the West. A permit is not required to drive the Trans-Caprivi-Highway (B8).


Helpful Tips:

* It is advisable to take the necessary precautions against Malaria and Bilharzia

* Only experienced 4x4 drivers used to wilderness terrain should undertake driving on the very sandy roads

* There are no fences so game roam freely

* The national park is cut through by the Trans-Caprivi-Highway (B8) – beware of crossing game

* Bwabwata has three community-operated campsites within the park, namely NǬĀgoabaca, Nambwa and Bum Hill


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