Namibia’s Nkasa Rupara National Park is a watery utopia of wildlife-rich islands, extensive wetlands, deeply-carved river channels and complex reed beds – all part of the Linyanti swamps. In this utterly remote park, free from throngs of tourists, you’ll experience the untamed Caprivi floodplains at their best.
In the dry winter months, large herds of elephant make their way through the lush marshes to congregate on the islands, passing grazing hippos on the floodplains and spotted hyena treading through the savannah. Big-game trudge the well-worn ‘corridor’ between Namibia and Botswana, gathering at the Nkasa and Lupala islands. The two large patches of land are a sanctuary for birds, with more species recorded here than anywhere else in Namibia, including the long-legged wattled crane and tiny rosy-throated longclaw.
Nkasa presents a rewarding challenge to any seasoned safari-goer, from its unmarked 4x4 trails and flood-prone roads, to its deep crocodile-filled pools and rapid currents. Thunderstorms ignite the ground with lightning, sparking fires that temporarily burn above and below the earth. While seeing another tourist is rare, you’ll never be starved for a wildlife sighting with this extraordinary piece of wilderness showcasing lion, leopard, giraffe and antelope such as red lechwe, reedbuck and the elusive sitatunga.
- Namibia’s largest wetland area with conservation status
- Mirrors Botswana’s Okavango Delta, with the exception of it being even more remote and less visited translating to an exclusive safari experience
- Nkasa forms a ‘corridor’ which big-game use to travel between Namibia and Botswana
- The park acts as a rewarding challenge for seasoned safari-goers, with its unmarked 4x4 trails and deep pools filled with crocodiles
- The park is home to the largest concentration of buffalos in Namibia