Situated in eastern extremity of the Caprivi Strip the Mamili National Park protects a 320 km network of channels riverine islands oxbow lagoons and reed beds. Mamili is one of Namibia’s birding hotspots. More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the park among them slaty egrets, Hartlaub’s babblers, greater swamp-warblers, cisticolas and swamp boubous. Two large islands in the Kwando and Linyanti river system Nkasa and Lupala characterize Namibia’s largest wetland area with conservation status. The islands can be reached by road during the dry season. During the rainy season 80 of the area is flooded and the islands are cut off from the mainland.
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Larger animals in Mamili National Park include hippos, crocodiles and spotted neck otters in the rivers. Elephant, buffalo, kudu, impala, zebra and roan antelope are common sights in the park while red lechwe and the shy sitatunga might take a little more patience to be spotted. Camping in the park is very basic. The Nzalu and Lyadura campsites offer no facilities and campers need to be completely self-reliant and willing to rough it . The roads in the park require a 4×4 vehicle. Permits can be obtained from the MET office in Katima Mulilo.