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.
A rustic tented camp, built on raised decks overlooking the Chobe River and Chobe National Park.
On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Nkasa Rupara (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 Rivers on an adventurous houseboat holiday. Certainly one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways of exploring the waterways of this area
Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain from its situation on the banks of the Chobe River in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors
Overlooking the Chobe River and Botswana's Chobe National Park, this boutique hotel offers an excellent opportunity to experience all the wildlife and activities the Chobe Region has to offer
One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.
Two luxurious houseboats operate from Impalila Island and offer the opportunity of overnighting on the river in the Chobe National Park
A tented lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Offers both self catering facilities and restaurant meals. Excellent for fishing.
This lodge is located at the only place in the world where four countries meet. It is a wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.
A more rustic and smaller alternative to the ever popular Lianshulu Lodge
Situated in the Mudumu National Park this is one of the east Zambezi Region's most popular lodges
Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway
Located on the banks of the Kwando river in the heart of the Mashi Conservancy, within Bwabwata National Park. This is a sanctuary for more than 35 game species and upwards of 330 bird species. Animals move freely throughout the area which creates a mecca for wildlife viewing
A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola
A wonderful lodge in an extremely remote location, this is a must for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track and experience Namibia at her best. Offers game viewing in the Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and boat trips on the Linyanti River.
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 experiences 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