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GEEKS: Namibia. Caprivi (Zambezi province). Nkasa Lupala (Rupala) National Park. Rupara Community Campsite. Campsite no 1. Monday 11 May 2015. Week 5, Day 30.

Madumu – C49 – turnoff to Nkasa Lupala National Park – two track road to Rupara Community Campsite. Well directed by T4A.

Time Taken:
1hr 40min.

If you take the direct route out of Mdumu to the C49 it is a matter of 10km or less on a very sandy single track road. After about 26km on the tar turn right (south) on a poorly signposted road. Look out for the signs for Nkasa Lupala Lodge and Livingstone’s Camp. For the first portion there appears to have been an abortive attempt to tar the road. Proceed down this progressively narrowing dirt road winding through rural villages. Here oxen pull wagons on skids rather than wheels. There are regular signs to the lodge and Livingstone’s. After about 34km you will reach the first of two metal bridges spanning water courses. These have replaced the much feared rickety pole bridges of not so long ago. You will then see the first sign for the community camp indicating it is 4km further. Cross the second metal bridge 4km after the first. The road becomes progressively more bumpy and rutted, “slippery when wet”. Livingstone’s turnoff is 2km after the second bridge.

The water levels appear to be low, confirming reports that any of the tricky driving that Mamili is usually known for, might not be the case on this visit. About 500m after the second metal bridge you will find the signposted turnoff to the left to the community camp. Straight on this track for a short distance will take you to the park office and entrance where you pay your park entrance fees of N$30 pppd and N$10 per vehicle pd. Just to emphasize these fees need not be paid until you actually enter the park. The Rupara Community Campsite is reached about 10km after turning off the tar and the C49.