Previously know as Mamili National Park

Nkasa Rupara National Park

Although game is not abundant as in Namibia’s other game parks, the Mamili National Park offers visitors a true wilderness experience. There are no facilities and very few people have discovered this very wild tract of land. Cradled by the V-shaped arms of the Kwando-Linyanti River, the 32’000 hectare park was set aside in 1990 to protect and conserve Namibia’s largest wetland, the Linyanti swamps.

This is the area that also mostly resembles the Okavango Delta of Botswana further southwest. From its origins in the highlands of Angola, the Kwando River flows in a southeasterly direction for nearly 1000 kilometres. It then quite enexpectantly makes a 90° turn to the northeast to follow the Gumare fault and becomes known as the Linyanti River (further east in Botswana the same river is called the Chobe River!) The annual floodwaters of the KwandoLinyanti reach the area in August and September, inundating the floodplains and flooding the relic channels. Mamili is home to Namibia’s largest concentration of buffalo herds. Predators include lion, leopard and spotted hyena, while crocodile and hippo abound in the river.

Best time to visit Nkasa Rupara National Park, Namibia

The success for viewing game differs, but the best season to view game is generally June to November. Nkasa Rupara National Park (used to be known as Mamili) is a wetland reserve. This means that because of the rains during summer (between November and April), the roads become virtually impossible to drive on. 


There are various different animals that can be found here such as hippo, crocodile, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyaena, African wild dog, Roan antelope, impala, red lechwe, reedbuck, sitatunga, kudu, warthog, spotted-necked otter, rock and water monitor lizard.

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