Mamili National Park

Mamili National Park, located in Namibia's far eastern corner near its border with Zamiba and Botswana, is o­ne of the most scenic, yet least visited, of the nation's national parks. Most of the park's terrain consists of lush, dense wetlands, with some drier savannah areas in its higher elevations.

Most visitors come to the park for its diverse populations of wildlife. Elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, crocodiles and hippopotamuses are common, but the park is also a great place to see rare African wildlife such as the sitatunga. The park's lush vegetation and remoteness also makes it o­ne of Namibia's best places for birding. More than 425 different bird species have been counted in Mamili National Park, more than in any other park in Namibia.

You will need to get an entry permit to the park prior to your visit from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The ministry's main office is in Windhoek, but there are also offices in Katima Mulio, Nakatwa, Shisinze, and at the northern entrance to Mamili National Park. Roads in the park are often difficult to traverse, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. The rangers at the park's entry station can often advise you o­n the best routes to take within the park.

Accommodations in the park are sparse. While there are some designated campsites in the park, they lack water and other facilities. If you plan to camp in Mamili, you will have to bring in all your own water, food, and necessary equipment. However, camping is o­nly advisable in the dry season, due to the park's frequent floods. Most visitors to the park prefer to stay at the many lodges and guesthouses in Katima Mulio or along the Chobe River. Many of them can arrange day or overnight trips and tours of Mamili National Park.