Mahango National Park
The Mahango Game Park (the official name is Mahango Core Area) is situated on the western side of the Okavango along the C48 close to the Popa Falls. The park is small and has a size of only 245 km². The Mahango Core Area is part of the 2007 proclaimed Bwabwata National Park.
Baobabs and Okavango world
During a round trip through Namibia the Mahango Park is often used as a stop over between the Namibian inland and the Caprivi. Thus the park is visited by a number of tourists. The park consists mainly of two parts: The bushland which is located west of the C48 and which is important as a refugium for most of the wildlife population of the Mahango Park, and the "water front" road, which is located east of the C48 along the Okavango river. Coming from Divundu it is advisable to use this road to Kwetchi in the south of the park and drive back the same route. Along this road visitors will find many nice viewing spots and sightings of wild animals are likely, especially in the morning and afternoon hours.
Some spots are suitable for leaving the car and explore smaller areas by foot. Please be careful when walking around! Remarkable are the numerous, very large Baobab trees in the park.
The Mahango park is home to numerous game. Large herds of elephanmts and buffalos can be observed, as well as hippos and very large crocodiles. Almost all the antelope species living in North-Eastern Namibia can be seen in the park, among them rare species like roan and sable antelope, common reedbuck, bushbuck, waterbuck and tssessebe. There are also giraffes, zebras, impalas, kudus living in the park. Main predators are lion, leopard and hyena. The large floodplains, reet islands and wetland areas make the Mahango park a birds paradise as well.
Opposite on the other side of the Okavango river lies the less popular Buffalo Game Park, a real insider tip.