In a country that does wild and remote like no other, Khaudum National Park is one of Namibia’s wildest corners. Known as the Northern Kalahari Sandveld, Khaudum National Park is located in the south-eastern corner of Namibia’s Kavango region.
The area around the park is sparsely poplulated. The Kavango people, mainly belonging to the Gciriku tribe live west and north of the park while the San people, also known as bushmen are the main residents south of Khaudum, where the Nyae-Nyae conservancy has been established to help the San people benefit from the wildlife they live alongside.
By Namibia standards the park is small at approx 3 841 km² but this still provides ample room for the mammals and birds that call Khaudum home. With 12 official waterholes and 2 small natural springs Khaudum Park has excellent game viewing although the wildlife here is properly wild and less habituated than its eastern neighbours in Etosha. Do not expect to see the Big Five on a game drive in Khaudum but you will see a variety of African game in a wild and pristine Kalahari environment. The park is reknowned for its rare roan antelope and tsesebee, especially in the northern part of the park.
The endangered African wild dog has also been seen in Khaudum although given its enormous range, sightings are by no means guaranteed. Large populations of elephants occupy the park during the dry season with over 2,000 animals counted during the most recent full-moon game count. Other wildlife includes giraffe, eland, red hartebeest, kudu, gemsbok, steenbok, duiker, bat-eared fox, hyena, lion and leopard.
The Nyae-Nyae area in the south of Khaudum Park is a big draw for bird watcher’s during summer, where the pan field provides food and sanctuary for flamingos, cranes, ducks, spurwing geese and other water birds. While the wildlife here is of interest, this conservancy falls in Bushmanland and it is the opportunity to meet and spend time with one of the world's oldest tribes, that makes a trip to Nyae-Nyae such a memorable one.