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Destination Info: Regions - Kavango Region - Part 1

     

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Namibia's north-eastern Kavango Region is characterised by the Okavango River and forests of tall trees. Namibian Teak and Kiaat timbers form the backbone of a thriving wood-carving industry. 

Three significant wildlife sanctuaries are situated on the region's borders shared with neighbouring Botswana, each of them a birder's paradise and home to game species not commonly found elsewhere in Namibia:

The Kaudom National Park comprises the most north-western extents of the Kalahari and is accessible by four-wheel drive only.

The small Mahango Wildlife Reserve is Namibia's only wilderness area where the rare roan antelope may be seen.

 

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The Caprivi Game Park, shared with the Caprivi Region, protects the game-rich forests and swamplands created by the Kwando and Okavango River systems.


Only the region's administrative and economic centre, Rundu, and a narrow strip of land between the Okavango River and the Trans Caprivi Highway are densely populated. The river is the lifeline in terms of food and water supplies for most of the rural population whose traditional settlements continue almost seamlessly from one village to the next.
In recent years, the town of Divundu (on older maps: Bagani) has gained in size and importance. It serves as the gateway to the Caprivi Region and the Mahango Game Park as well as to the Okavango's western panhandle and famous inland delta in Botswana.


The remainder of the Kavango Region is made up of sparsely populated communal lands that support little else than isolated bush villages and small livestock. 

 

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The Omuramba Omatako, a long underground river that runs from the centre of Namibia to the Okavango River on the Namibia-Angolan border, is the only natural water source in the southern parts of the region.  It is also Namibia's only river that runs in a northerly direction.
Particularly beautiful landscapes can be found along the Omuramba Omatako, especially when following its course from the Grootfontein area to its source.  

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Geckos are common residents around Namibian homes but seldom seen. These nocturnal hunters are excellent climbers thanks to millions of tiny hairs on their feet and help keeping moth and mosquito numbers at bay.
The body of a fully grown gecko is a bit longer than a human adult's hand and usually of a yellow-greyish colour.
The photo above shows how perfectly developed even their off-spring already is at only about 4cm total length. The youngsters are only different in colours, as highlighted in the slightly enhanced image.
Photo: V. Bause

 
 

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