The Khaudum National Park is a true wilderness and not for the fainthearted. The 3 842 km of thick woodland are filled with Africa’s wildest creatures. A large number of elephants along with lion giraffe leopard hyena jackal and African wild dog roam this unfenced park on the border to Botswana. Without fences the migration routes to the river in the north are open allowing animals to display their natural behaviour. Khaudum is also home to a variety of antelope including roan antelope kudu steenbok gemsbok blue wildebeest tsessebe hartebeest eland and reedbuck. Game numbers vary throughout the season and the thick vegetation can make game viewing difficult but those looking for untamed wilderness will find in Khaudum National Park. Khaudum became a nature reserve in 1989 and reached national park status in 2007. The park is the only conservation area that protects the sandveld biome of the northern Kalahari. Birders who can brave the untamed environment will be rewarded with a diversity of 320 species. Khaudum is home to rare species such as coppery-tailed and Senegal coucals, Bradfield’s hornbill, rufous-bellied tits, black-faced babblers and sharp-tailed starlings.
Accommodation and Driving
The conservation area is wild and rough in every way. Visitors may enter in a minimum of two 4×4 vehicles and have to be self-reliant with sufficient supplies of water wood fuel and food. The Kavango Region has petrol stations in Tsumkwe Bagani Divundu Mukwe and Rundu. Driving in the park is heavy on fuel and there is no petrol available in the park. Accommodation is provided in two campsites: Khaudum in the north and Sigaretti in the south. The campsites are not maintained but camping is allowed making for a full-on African wilderness experience.