Bushmanland and Kavango in Namibia

Bushmanland is a very remote area, even by Namibian standards. In a wilderness of over 18,000 sq km there is only one settlement of any note: Tsumkwe. The countryside is flat and dry, the few roads that are marked are no more than tracks in places and there aren't many signposts. South of the C44 are a couple of pans, Nyae Nyae and Nama, which tend to flood after rain and then attract wildlife from all over the Kalahari Region. It is very difficult to travel in these areas after the rains, known as the Panveld, since the roads turn into impassable slippery mud. Dotted about this level landscape are the occasional baobab tree and patches of savannah forest, as well as remote San (Bushman) communities.

Further north, the arid lands are left behind as you enter the Kavango Region, between Grootfontein and Rundu. This is the wettest part of Namibia where the average annual rainfall is more than twice that of the south, although most of the rain falls between November and March. There is a marked shift in both vegetation and human influence. Even more striking is the contrast in the style of farming, from the commercial low-intensity farming south of the Red Line to the subsistence living of the small farmers and communities of the north. Almost all the tourist lodges and camps are located in strategic positions along the lush riverbanks, where the scenery is at its most beautiful and game and bird life is at its most plentiful.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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