Wildlife & Animals – Nkasa Rupara (Mamili)
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.
Nkasa Rupara National Park (formerly Mamili NP) in the Zambezi Region can be quite inaccessible, but there is a good variety of wildlife present. Elephants and buffalo can be found wallowing in the marshes. Lion, wild dog and spotted hyena are the main predators, although sightings are rare. Hippo and Nile crocodile are abundant in the reed-lined channels.
Rare sightings of spotted-necked otters have been recorded in the Mashi River. Water-loving antelope that can be found wading through marshy areas are the red lechwe and the rare semi-aquatic stitatunga. The park is also a stronghold for the country’s last population of puku antelope.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The Dry season (May to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing. The roads become extremely rough to traverse, if not completely impassable, during the Wet season, from November to April. In years of good rains, 80% of the park can become flooded.