Established in 2007, Bwabwata National Park is a conglomeration of two previously separate parks: Mahango Game Reserve and Caprivi Game Reserve. It was created as a rehabilitation center to rebuild the local wildlife population, which was nearly decimated due to poaching, and to allow the animals to flourish in their natural habitat.
The 2,350 square mile park, whose name means “sound of bubbling water”, extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east. It is home to more than 35 different species of mammals, including buffalo, hippo, antelope, tsessebe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, as well as crocodile and 339 identified bird species.
While Bwabwata is not as extensive or well known as Etosha National Park, it does offer much to see in its five main zones, with the Mahango Game Reserve offering the largest concentration of wildlife. Also, any visit to Bwabwata provides support for the conservation and re-population of some of Africa’s most majestic animals, birds and natural environment and for the local inhabitants who live in tandem with the animals, allowing them to take an active role in both the animal conservation and in bringing tourism to the area.
Bwabwata may not have all the glitz and glamour of other game reserves in the area, but it is definitely worth the visit.
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