Expert Reviews – Nkasa Rupara (Mamili)
Lizzie is a reputed guidebook writer and author of the Footprint guides to South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
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Exploring Namibia’s only conserved area of swampland
Nkasa Rupara is just across the Kwando River from Botswana, and its ecology of flat floodplains, swamps and seasonal channels reminds me a lot of the Okavango Delta further south; and so it should as its part of the same vast river system. But there’s none of the development and no facilities. On our visit a four-wheel-drive was essential, we were the only people in the park, and the ‘entrance gate’ was a long bridge built of fragile looking mopane branches that we crossed from Mudumu. Except for a reasonably large herd of buffalo and some giraffe in the woodlands, we didn’t see much wildlife; after the rains there tends to be more, but that’s when most of the tracks are likely to be impassable. However like neighbouring Mudumu, antelope that favour this swampland environment are present; red lechwe, sitatunga and waterbuck.