Mahango Game Reserve


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Off the beaten track in the Caprivi Strip


Mahango Game Reserve is for the seasoned safari goer, or those looking to go “off the beaten track” in search of a true wilderness experience. Located in the north east of Namibia on the Botswana border, the impressively varied vegetation of the 24 400ha reserve is considered by many to be one of Namibia’ s most fascinating and diverse conservation areas due to it forming part of the Caprivi Strip and consisting of flood plains belonging to the Okavango River basin.

From wetlands to woodlands, baobabs to grasslands and year round water from the river, these distinct habitats ensure a varied wildlife and bird life extravaganza. Mahango is home to many antelope species and you can expect to see elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, crocodile, warthog, baboon and monkeys too. Large herds of elephant migrate on this route between Angola and the Okavango Delta and Moremi Region during the dry months, which is also the best time to view various other game species. Bird life is prolific during the wetter months with over 400 species having been recorded.

The reserve’s remote location and limited development allows visitors to truly get in touch with nature. There are only two rudimentary tracks running through the park aside from the main road that links Namibia and Botswana. The track that runs east of the river extends for 15km and can be traversed by normal vehicles while the second extending west for 31km is only suited to 4X4’s.

 

Highlights

  • Mahango Game Reserve is a protected area within Bwabwata National Park
  • Diverse habitats and landscapes with beautiful, untouched scenery
  • Only two tracks that run through this area. 4x4 vehicle is recommended
  • An elephant migration route between Angola and Okavango Delta in dry months
  • There are a number of accommodation options near the reserve offering day trips
  • Excellent birding destination between November and March, home to two-thirds of bird species in Namibia

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