Wildlife & Animals – Khaudum NP
By Anthony Ham
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
For those who are well equipped and experienced, Khaudum offers adventurous wildlife viewing. Most big safari animals are easily seen and predators are present in good numbers. Lions are sometimes spotted and this is one of the strongholds for wild dogs. Giraffe, zebra and blue wildebeest are common and elephants are particularly abundant in the Dry season when they migrate from neighboring Botswana.
There is a good variety of antelope in the park. Some are commonly seen throughout Namibia, such as greater kudu, oryx, steenbok and duiker, but some are more unusual like the fast running tsessebe and the endangered roan and sable antelope. Red hartebeest is also spotted occasionally. Of the smaller predators, side-striped jackal is quite common in the park.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Khaudum is best visited in the dry months from May to October. During this time large herds of elephant migrate into the park from neighboring Botswana. The vegetation tends to be very thick during the Wet season, from November to April, making animals more difficult to see and roads impassable. Wildlife also disperses this time of year.