If you have a sense of adventure, Khaudum National Park is not to be missed. One of the main attractions of the Kavango Region, this densely wooded wilderness reserve that borders Botswana, can be explored only in 4×4 vehicles.
Khaudum is the stronghold of Namibia’s roan antelope population. Other animals seen here are kudu, steenbok, gemsbok and blue wildebeest, while tsessebe, hartebeest, eland and reedbuck occur in the central areas. About 320 bird species have been recorded at Khaudum. Rare species include coppery-tailed and Senegal coucals, Bradfield’s hornbills, rufous-bellied tits, black-faced babblers and sharp-tailed starlings.
The Khaudum National Park, proclaimed in 1989, is the only conservation area in Namibia that protects the northern Kalahari sandveld biome. In February 2007, the 1,483 square mile reserve was given national park status. The densely wooded wilderness harbors several big game species and a multitude of birds. Classified as an “open park,” wildlife is free to roam instinctual routes along trails weaved indiscriminately through plains and thick Kalahari forests, and to and from the Kavango River and floodplains. Large animals that occur throughout the park are elephant and giraffe, while predators are lion, leopard, spotted hyena, and side-striped and black-backed jackal.
Game viewing in the Khaudum requires considerable patience. Visitors looking for the path less traveled can relax at one of the wildlife observation hides watching wildlife gather around waterholes, or simply listen to the local people regale you with the stories and struggles of this remote landscape.
A minimum of two 4×4 vehicles per group is allowed to travel in the park. The two campsites, Sikereti and Khaudum, are no longer maintained, although camping is still available at each. It is advised to bring your own water, wood, fuel and provisions. In the Kavango Region petrol is sold only at Tsumkwe, Bagani, Divundu, Mukwe and Rundu.