Mudumu National Park
Size: 73,700 ha / 737 km2
Species Numbers: *105 Mammals *467 Birds *71 Reptiles
Big Five: 4 of the big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo are present
* The birdlife is prolific, with at least 430 species recorded
* The reserve is characterised by the Kwando River waterways which are a delight when explored by boat, providing an endless stream of great wildlife sightings and superb birding opportunities in beautiful surroundings
* For a cultural diversion, visit the Lizuali Traditional village just outside Mudumu to learn about traditional Caprivi lifestyles
Mudumu National Park was created in 1990, shortly before Namibia's independence. The reserve is characterised by a riverine forest, dense savannah and mopane woodland, and with extensive floodplains of Papyrus swamps. The entire park is flat, with no hills or mountains and a fossilized river course - the Mudumu Mulapo – lies in the centre of the park.
The reserve’s glossy waterways, lush riverbanks and marshlands are home to red lechwes and sitatungas, as well as hippos, giraffe, zebra and a fabulous selection of birds. There are also large herds of buffalo and good numbers of elephant. April to September is a good time to visit for game viewing and in December through to March the reserve is lush and birdlife is plentiful.
The reserve is situated approximately 35km south of Kongola and reached via the D3511 (MR125/C49). There is no formal entrance gate and the park is unfenced.
* It is advisable to take the necessary precautions against Malaria and Bilharzia
* The terrain is suited to experienced 4x4 drivers as conditions are sandy when dry and muddy when wet
* During the rainy season from November to April it is recommended to drive in a convoy of at least two vehicles
* Entry permits for Mudumu are obtainable in the MET offices in Katima Mulilo and Windhoek or from the offices at Susuwe and Nakatwa
* There is one unfenced campsite at the Nakatwa Nature Conservation Camp and campers should carry food, water and fuel. There is one lodge inside the reserve, the up-market Lianshulu Lodge
* The area can receive up to 700mm annual rainfall and flooding can be extensive