Lush, green, and wet are three words rarely associated with Namibia’s stunning national parks, but they aptly describe Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park. Described as Namibia’s Okavango, the 124 square mile Mamili National Park has the distinction of being the largest wetland area with conservation status in Namibia. The park is characterized by a complex network of channels, reed beds, ox-bow lakes and tree-covered islands, with the focal point on Nkasa and Lupala, two large islands in the Kwando/Linyanti River.

Lush marshes, dense savannah and high river reeds mean that travelling through the area is a dream for 4×4 enthusiasts. For anyone who relishes the adventures of raw, real Africa, Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) National Park is the place to be. During the dry season the islands can be reached by road, but after the rains 80% of the area becomes flooded, cutting them off from the mainland. The same bird and animal species as in the Mudumu National Park (see below) occur in Mamili.

For campers who like to rough it, Mamili offers basic campsites at Nzalu and Lyadura in the east and south east of the reserve. These have no facilities whatsoever, so visitors have to be completely self-sufficient in terms of water, food and fuel. Entry permits for the park are obtainable at the MET office in Katima Mulilo.