Mudumu National Park is a 737 km² stretch of land found in the north-eastern Caprivi region in Namibia. It was declared a national park in 1990, and shares its borders with the western edge of Botswana.
While lush vegetation and huge waterways may not be synonymous with many images of Namibia – this park certainly goes against the grain. The broad Kwando River in the west provides a lifeline for the region and lagoons, small channels and beautiful forests characterise its banks and the rest of the park is covered in mopane woodland and savannah.
There is one campsite in the park, which is entirely unfenced and has basic sanitation and running river water, however visitors are in charge of bringing their own food, fuel and drinking water. The savannah and woodlands are home to plains game such as elusive sitatunga and red lechwe. Visitors are also bound to come across numbers of elephant, buffalo, kudu, sable and zebra, which are closely watched by predators like lion, leopard, hyena and rare African wild dog.
Bird life in the park is unbelievable and the 430 species found here make it a birder’s haven. Cranes, jacanas, and storks wade the waterways, while birds of prey soar in the skies. River channels are patrolled by hippos, crocodiles, otters and turtles and fishing for the ferocious tiger fish is highly advised.
The Mudumu National Park forms part of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, which provides safe game corridors between Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. This allows large species like African elephant to follow their ancient migration routes without fences interfering.
The park is one of Namibia’s most unique spots and it provides on of the most remote wilderness experiences in the country.