We had a good night at Peregrine. There were 2 security guards and as the camp was empty besides ourselves they guarded only us. We decided to have the 5,000km service done at the local Toyota agency as I also wanted the underside of the vehicle checked whilst up on a hoist for holes that mice could use . Both myself and 2 mechanics could find no entry holes into the vehicle to plug.
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For those planning a visit to this area I hope the following details will make your planning a little easier.
Route and Directions:
It was time for a new country and a rare long day’s drive. We are trying to restrict these long days on the road as much as possible. Normally most visitors would want to explore the rest of Namibia far more widely than we have done but this is home territory for us and we have explored it thoroughly on previous occasions. The most notable omission has been the Caprivi area and we have now filled in some of the blanks. Judging from our present experience a special trip in the future will be on the cards, including using the border post directly into Zambia via the Sioma-Ngwezi NP.
Todays game drive down to the southern extent of Rupara Island and the Botswana border was 45km long and we spent 4 hours exploring slowly. There are no campsites within the park and the Rupara Community site is the closest to the park which is unfenced. To get to the park entrance and the office where the fees are paid, drive straight past all the campsites. At the Y-junction veer to the right. To the left is Lupala Tented Camp. This short route is signposted in a fashion.
We were up early and before 07H00 we into the park exploring. The habitat is lovely with woodlands and grassy plains and then a lot of greenery when one approaches the floodplains. The map and T4A are reasonably accurate but the exact location of the two track roads obviously varies each season as the floods vary. Although the setting and our first ever view of the Linyanti Swamps made the visit worthwhile, the game viewing and numbers were frankly disappointing. In our two long game drives we have not seen too much in the way of birds or animals, but this was certainly warthog central.
Madumu – C49 – turnoff to Nkasa Lupala National Park – two track road to Rupara Community Campsite. Well directed by T4A.
"Great journeys are memorable not so much for what you saw, but for where you camped”.
This is our 13th sleepover site already, we sure are sleeping around! The weather is lovely at this time of year, early mornings and nights can be a little (one light sweater) chilly, but the days are warm without being excruciatingly hot and there is virtually no wind.
• The setting along the Kwando River is magnificent and the riverfront game drives will be more rewarding in winter.
• It does not appear as if this park is ever crowded so privacy appears a given.
• The animals are there but possibly more visible later in winter.
We took the B8 through Katima and then towards Kongola. After 113km, just before Kongola, you turn left down the fairly newly tarred C49, signposted Sangwali/Linyanti/Katima Mulilo, towards Mdumo NP.
This road takes a slow loop back to Katima allowing access to the National Parks along the Kwando River. The most important fact is that this turnoff is before Kongola and the foot and mouth barrier.