Wildlife & Animals – Mudumu 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.
Mudumu in the Zambezi Region has a good variety of animals. Vast herds of elephants and buffalo are often encountered. Other big safari animals include giraffe and zebra. Hippo and crocodile can be found in the river. Lion is the most visible of the big cats, although encounters are hit-and-miss. Really lucky visitors might also come across a pack of wild dogs that occasionally passes through the park.
A large part of the park’s habitat consists of wetland, which is home to the elusive, semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope. Red lechwe is also an inhabitant of marshy areas and is more abundant. Aside from these highly specialized antelope, many other unusual species can be spotted, including sable antelope, which likes to stay in thick woodland areas.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Animals tend to disperse during the Wet season (November to April). During this time the vegetation thickens and roads can become extremely bad, if not impassable. As a result, the best time for wildlife viewing is during the Dry season, from May to October.