This is the largest wetland area with conservation status in Namibia and has 320 km2 of unspoilt waterways, lakes, islands, and channels, centred around the Nkasa and Rupara islands in the Kwando River. The park can only be accessed during the dry season when the roads are not underwater, but it’s worth it.

Lush landscapes with thriving wildlife aren’t all that make Nkasa Rupara National Park such an unspoilt paradise, this is the largest wetland area in Namibia with conservation status. The park is also centred around two islands in the Kwando River, namely Nkasa and Rupara – which is where this magical place gets its name from. Seasonal floods make the park incapable of being travelled to, except in the dry season, when adventurers can witness the breathtaking bird and wildlife species on display.

Highlights

Witness remarkable wildlife on a classic 4x4 trip through the park.
Spot countless bird species, 430 to be exact!
Encounter the largest concentration of buffalos in all of Namibia.
It becomes Namibia's version of the Okavango Delta when flooded — a paradise of islands and reed-lined waterways.

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Best time to go to Nkasa Rupara National Park

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The best time to visit this mystic wonderland is between May and August when it becomes accessible again after relentless floods in the rainy season. This is the only time that you’ll be able to visit, adding to the spellbinding experiences you’ll encounter. Considered a core breeding area for countless wildlife, the small visiting window will not leave you disappointed.

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