The 5 Best Reasons To Visit Nkasa Rupara Park in Namibia
Nkasa Rupara National park which is formally known as Mamili national park is located in Namibia in the Zambezi region, It hold the distinction of being the largest wetland in the conservation status of Namibia and is also a n habitant for a number of wetland species, when flood waters from Kwando river are high the national park becomes like a mini Okavango delta. The annual floodwaters of Kwando reach the area in August and September flooding the entire wetland.
Nkasa national park lies in the center of Nkasa and Rupara islands which are found on Kwando/ Linyanti river in south western corner of east caprivi with the beautiful Kwando river on its western boarder and as the river approaches the parks southern most point it spreads its channels. It covers about 280000 square kilometers with 22 protected areas that have the potential of being transformed into a transfrontier conservation area it is characterized by a complex network of channels, reed beds tree covered islands and Ox-bow lakes.
It was officially proclaimed as a national park on 1 march1990 shortly before Namibia’s independence and renamed Nkasa Rupara in 2003
The best 5 reasons to visit Nkasa Rupara national park include;
Natural features and the true wilderness experience in Nkasa Rupara national park
The best thing about Nkasa Rupara national park are its natural features which include the river Kwando and its channels, islands and flood plains, people mostly describe it as Namibia’s answer to the Okavango delta
Nkasa Rupala national park provides an incredible wilderness experience to its visitors and this is mainly because the entire vastness is free from facilities therefore wild is the best word to describe Nkasa Rupara national park
2. Wildlife viewing in Nkasa Rupara national park
The national park has a number of wild animals which can be spotted by visitors during their visit to the national park, these wild animals include Elephants and Bufallos which can usually be spotted wallowing in the marshes, Lions, Hyenas and wild dogs are some of the predators that can be sported and even Hypos and Nile crocodiles are more abundant in the reed lined channels there are also animals which are available but rare sighted at the park and these are spotted necked otters which have been recorded in the mashi river and the water loving antelope can also be spotted in the marshy areas of the national park
It is alleged that Nkasa Rupara national park is the one which has the last population of puku antelope in the entire country and it also has about 1000 bufallos residing over there and this is the largest concentration of bufallos in the entire Namibia .
3. The vast wet wonderlands in Nkasa Rupara national park
Because the national park is dominated by wetlands this is the main attraction feature at Nkasa, the wetlands are flooded by water which comes from river Kwando which makes the park a mini Okavango delta, the wetland occupies 318 km² of Nkasa national park and this wetland protects a variety of wetland fauna and flora. The range of wetland occur in a complex system of channels, lakes, islands and reed beeds. A recently constructed bridge has improved the access to the national park because in the rainy season 80% of the park can not be accessed by vehicals because it is very slippery
4. Vegetation in Nkasa Rupara national park
Nkasa National park is one of the most well vegetated places in Namibia with Shrub savannah biome and broadleaved trees, Zambezi floodplains and woody vegetation is found in the higher islands which are rarely flooded. Papyrus, wild date palms and reed sedges and tall trees such as Jackal-berry and Mongosteen are found along river edges and around the wetlands and this is one of the best 5 reasons to visit Nkasa Rupara national park.
5. Bird watching in Nkasa Rupara national park
The national park is one of the interesting areas for birdes in the Zambezi region with a verity of over 450 bird species, along the flood plains collared pratincoles usually breed here and other notable bird species present in the national park include; Magpie Shrikes which are very common, melierax metabes, Goliath Herons, the great white pelicans,Denham’s bustard, slaty egret, Stanly’s bustard, wetland cranes, lesser jakana among many others
When to Visit Nkasa Rupara national park
Nkasa Rupara national park experiences two seasons which are;
The dry season
Visiting Nkasa Rupali national park is highly recommended during the dry season which normally starts in July to September, in this season the islands such as Nkasa and Rupala can be easily accessed by a vehicle and this season is also best for wildlife viewing
The wet season
The wet season are usually from November to April, It is not advisable for a visitor to visit Nkasa Rupala national park in this season because most of the roads become impassable
How to access Nkasa Rupala national park
There are two most common ways to access Nkasa Rupala national park and the are;
This is mainly used by international visitors who come to Namibia from other countries and Chartered flights are usually booked by tour operators because this is part of the tour package and domestic flights are usually by ways of Eros Airport ERS in Windhoek and provided by Air Namibia and those who want to fly to the park independently can fly to Katima Mulilo on a scheduled flight from Windhoek.
Nkasa Rupala national park is a 120km drive from Windhoek in the Zambezi region and this is highly used by domestic visitors and even international visitors when being transferred. however roads in the wet season are bad and inaccessible therefore it is not so recommended to visit the park in wet season
Accommodation at Nkasa Rupara national park
Accommodation facilities at Nkasa Rupara national park include;
It is set on the banks of the Chobe river and is located between Botswana and Namibia, at the comfort of the private lodge visitors can observe the activity of the immediate flood plains
Caprivi houseboat safari lodge
The facilities at Caprivi include a rose wood deck with a lounge bar
It is located about 25km from south of the park and set on the banks of river Kwando and it is one of the ideal places where one can explore Nkasa Rupala national park. The place consists of large thatched Lapa which is decorated with African inspired decoration
Chobe savannah lodge
It is located on the banks of Chobe river in an area known as the puku flats, it consists of 12 air conditioned trustfully thatched and brick suites
Nkasa Rupara national park which was formally known as Mamili national park is one of the first national parks to be proclaimed in Namibia with its protected wetlands, wildlife, bird watching opportunities among many others, However Kubwa 5 safaris is a Uganda based tour company which operates in both East and South Africa therefore plan your trip with us so as to get a memorable experience.