Mahango Game Reserve
The Mahango Game Reserve is a small conservation area located in Namibia's Caprivi Strip, in the upper eastern corner of the country, close to the border with Botswana. The game reserve is part of the larger Bwabwata National Park, one of Namibia's newest and largest protected regions. Mahango Game Reserve's scenic loop drive through some of the remotest yet richest terrain in eastern Namibia makes it a perfect day trip for visitors interested in nature, wildlife and the culture of west central Africa.
Animals are the main attraction at Mahango, and the game reserve contains large populations of elephants, cheetahs, lions, antelope, warthogs, baboons, as well as hundreds of bird species. During the November to March rainy season, the game reserve is green and lush, full of flowering trees, particularly the native baobab tree. However, this is also the time of year when driving in the game reserve is most difficult, due to the deep mud on the area's few roads. Visitors traveling along the Okavango River in the western end of the game reserve often encounter hippos and crocodiles, especially in the late afternoon.
Due to the area's rugged terrain, you will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to enter both the national park and the game reserve. Mahango is one of the few Namibian game reserves where you are allowed to exit your vehicle and walk around, but caution is strictly advised. Accommodations for visitors to the Mahango Game Reserve can be found either in Bwabwata National Park or in the town of Katima Mulilo. The many private camps located in the park offer clean yet rustic lodging, often with hot showers, and most of the camps can arrange local guides or tours of the game reserve and the surrounding area.