Bwabwata National Park has only recently been named a national park and used to be known as the Caprivi Game Park. This stunning area is located in north eastern Namibia, between Angola and Botswana. It used to be a wildlife utopia, however poaching levels and habitat loss depleted these numbers to almost nothing. Wildlife numbers started to pick up again after the 2002 Angolan war ceasefire and they have not stopped growing ever since.
At 6274 square kilometres, this vast tract of land was set apart to start the rehabilitation of some of Namibia’s local species. While there is still a long way to go, Bwabwata National Park is a beacon of hope in Africa’s conservation efforts.
This remote park is an untouched part of the country and is split into five main zones: Divundu area, West Caprivi Triangle, Mahango Game Reserve, Popa Falls and West Caprivi Game reserve.
The best time to visit the park is in October, which is the driest time of the year and when large wildlife numbers congregate around what remains of rivers and waterholes throughout the park.
Over 300 species of bird have been identified in the park, making it a haven for birders and wildlife such as elephant, roan antelope, kudu and buffalo (among many others) can be seen in the park.
While the wildlife numbers are not up to Etosha standards, Bwabwata National Park is one of the best parks to set off in for a remote and completely unique safari. It will only be a number of years before new infrastructure and animal populations start to attract tons of tourist – so if low tourist numbers are what you are looking for, then now is the time to visit.