Nkasa Rupara National Park formally known as Mamili National Park was officially proclaimed on 1 March 1990, just days before Namibia gained Independence. This is the largest wetland area with conservation status in Namibia, and is a haven for wetland species. When the flood waters from the Kwando River are high, the park becomes like a mini Okavango Delta.

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There are about 1 000 buffaloes in Nkasa Rupara, the largest concentration in the country. It is an important corridor for elephants moving from Botswana to Angola and Zambia and is also considered as a core breeding area for wildlife that can disperse into neighbouring conservancies.

Most of the park consists of channels of reed beds, lagoons and termitaria islands. The Kwando River forms the western boundary and the Linyanti River the south-eastern border of the park.

Tree and Shrub Savannah Biome. Zambezi Floodplain. Reeds, sedges, and papyrus, wild date palms (Phoenix reclinata). Tall trees such as jackal-berry (Diospyros mespiliformis) and mangosteen (Garcinia livingstonei)  along the water edges and on the termitaria.

Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Hyaena, African wild dog, Roan Antelope, Common impala,  Red Lechwe, Reedbuck, Sitatunga, Kudu, Warthog, Spotted-necked otter, rock and water monitor lizard. 430 species of birds  recorded, include breeding pairs of rare Wattled Cranes; Slaty Egret, Stanley’s Bustard, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Allen’s Gallinule,Lesser Jacana, Black-winged and Red-winged Pratincoles, Long-toed, Lapwing, Luapula Cisticola, Coppery-tailed Coucal and Black Coucal.

MAP OF Nkasa Rupara National Park

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