Ethiopia to Cape Town 2013

8 months - with Gitane - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Bwabwata National Park

February 9, 2014  —  Namibia

The Caprivi Strip

Bwabwata Park is located in the far north-east of Namibia in a small region called the Caprivi Strip. It is a narrow strip of about 450 km located between Angola and Botswana. The area, as opposed to the rest of Namibia, receives a lot of rains and is luxuriant.

For a long time, the park has suffered from poaching during the war in Angola. Since the ceasefire in 2002, the animals have started to come back in the park. We have been quite surprised by the animals that we had the chance to observe.

Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Elephants crossing on the 'Golden highway' that runs along the Caprivi Strip.

Bwabwata - Kwando River

Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia

We are in the easternmost area of Bwabwata, along the Kwando River. We were lucky to see elephants at close range in the park.

It was the first time that Gitane was seeing elephants in an African park. She was walking on air and myself, I was also very happy. I took as many pictures as if it was the first time ever.

Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
This small frog measuring 3-4 cm makes jumps of more than a meter.
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Leopard tortoise.
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
A species of monitor...
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Bee-eater.
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
African Fish Eagle.
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Kwando River.

Bwabwata - Mahango area

Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Leopard.

This area is the westernmost zone of the park. We saw several species of animals like this magnificent leopard.

Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Warthog.
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Impalas.
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Greater Kudus.
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Female kudu.
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Dung beetles and butterflies on elephant dung.
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Vervet monkey.
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
In Namibia, the common zebra has a characteristic unique to the country. Between some black stripes, it may have a brownish one, more or less dark.
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
Mahango Area - Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia
A Sable Antelope, a species that is difficult to observe.
Bwabwata National Park - Caprivi Strip - Namibia