Khaudum National Park

Khaudum National Park

Khaudum National Park is an isolated Nature Reserve situated in the Kalahari Desert at the west of the Caprivi Strip in northeast of Namibia It is a very remote and inaccessible reserve but is home to some magnificent animals such as elephant, lion and the elusive wild dog.

 

The park also has two campsites for visitors.Sikereti in the south is 60 km from Tsumkwe. The road from Tsumkwe to Sikereti can be done with a 2 x 4 with good ground clearance,  but it is advisable to visit the park with at least two vehicles in group. The park is not very busy and animals are not used to people. If you should have a breakdown, walking to fetch help will be very dangerous.

 

As you travel north toward the second camp, Khaudum,  it gets very sandy and you will need a proper 4 x 4 vehicle. If you must take a trailer, make sure your vehicle’s cooling system is in a good position. A overheated vehicle with a trailer, will be a scary place to be if the elephants are coming down the road!  Please note that your vehicle will get scratched, travelling through the park.

 

The unspoiled nature of the reserve encourages a rich and varied wildlife in the dry forest. The ideal time for seeing wildlife is from June to October. From November to March more than 320 species of birds inhabit the area, including parrots and more than 50 birds of prey.

Big game can be found in the park occasionally, more than 500 African bush elephants, many Angolan giraffes and many antelope, including roan antelope, kudu, lyre antelope, eland and reedbuck. Even the stock of prey animals is high. Besides the smaller cats, there is a larger population of lions, but also leopards, spotted hyenas, jackals, occasionally cheetahs and even Cape wild dogs.