Welcome to Nkasa Rupara National Park
Watch this space – this is one of Namibia's, perhaps Southern Africa's, most exciting national parks. In years of good rains, this wild and seldom-visited national park (formerly called Mamili National Park) becomes Namibia’s equivalent of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Forested islands fringed by reed and papyrus marshes foster some of the country’s richest birdwatching, with more than 430 recorded species to count. Poaching has taken a toll on Nkasa Rupara’s wildlife, though – as recently as 2013, the park's largest lion pride was wiped out in retaliation for livestock lost to predators. Since then, things are on the up, thanks to human–wildlife conflict mitigation programmes by Panthera (www.panthera.org). Lions are returning to the area; sightings of wild dogs across the water on the Botswana side are also possible while semiaquatic species, such as hippos, crocodiles, pukus, red lechwes, sitatungas and otters will impress.