Mudumu National Park
Caprivi - Namibia
Lots of running water is hardly a phrase one would associate with Namibia, but Mudumu National Park certainly has plenty of it! This is mainly due to the park sharing it's western border with the Kwando River, with it's tranquil lagoons, narrow flowing channels and stupendous riverine forests. The remainder of the 100,000ha park is an impressive expanse of dense savannah and mopane woodland, home to small populations of sitatunga and red lechwe, while spotted neck otter, hippo and Nile crocodile inhabit the waterways. Mudumu is a place of predators, lion roam, leopard and hyena hunt at night and packs of African wild dogs are now raising litters in the park
Animals love, and need water, so encounter elephant, buffalo, roan, sable, kudu, impala, oribi and zebra,as you drive through thick mopane forest and over wide floodplains, past swamps of papyrus and temporary lakes, inundated with wildlife and waterfowl. Ornithologists are not forgotten, there are well over 430 species of bird recorded, including cranes, storks, ibis and jacana, a fascinating sight to behold, as they race across lily beds on broad webbed feet!
If that isn't enough, then concentrate on life on the river with the ripples of turtles and the swirl of the fanged tiger fish. Local fisherman ply their trade from their mokoro's (dug-out canoes) casting their nets for tilapia. Rest at night, to the unmistakable sounds of frogs croaking and Modumu's hippos responding with a throaty chuckle.
There is only 1 unfenced campsite with river water and basic sanitation in the park. Visitors must be self-sufficient in terms of water, food and fuel. Entry permits for Mudumu are obtainable in the MET offices in Katima Mulilo and Windhoek or from the offices at Susuwe and Nakatwa.
There are a number of fantastic lodge's dotted around the Caprivi, most with fly-in safari facilities, including Chobe Savannah Lodge, Impalila Island Lodge, Lianshulu Lodge or Rainbow River Lodge. For a more comprehensive choice, look at the Caprivi and Kavango lodge sections. For something a little more different, the recently refurbished Zambezi Queen offers a Namibian Safari, in a private suite, aboard a luxurious 5-star, 45m boat, launched in August 2009.
For those arriving in Victoria Falls, it is worth considering car hire in Zimbabwe, as this makes travelling around the country much easier.
On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Mamili & Mudumu Reserves
Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic, the food awesome and the situation idyllic - resulting in some of the best value for money accommodation in Namibia
Explore the Chobe & Zambezi River on an adventurous houseboat holiday
Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain's from its situation in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors
One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.
This is the only place in the world where four countries meet. A wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.
A self catering family oriented lodge which offers excellent fishing opportunities
Traditionally one of the east Caprivi's most popular lodges has recently been re-opened
Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway
A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola
Brand new lodge in east Caprivi - ideal for exploring the wetlands of the Mamili National Park
situated on three small islands this is an ultra-luxurious Chobe destination, with four suites, each with plunge pool and private guiding
A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing expereinces on the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers
in the Bwabwata National Park this is a perfect land and water camp with six luxury suites, each with private plunge pool
Close to the town of Katima Mulilo in the east Caprivi
A luxurious house boat on the Chobe River
In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers