Khaudum National Park
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Very near the North-Western corner of Namibia lies Khaudum National Park, one of the most remote parks of all. Everyone has warned me of deep sand and a severe lack of facilities, so I’m more than excited to load up and head into the unknown.
The entire park has only a few visitors and is extremely barren and remote. It has not rained for a long time, so the animals cluster around the few watering holes that actually have water available to drink.
One Afternoon Em and I sit less than a eighty yards from an enormous group of more than a hundred elephants as they greedily drink and wade into the precious water. It’s fascinating watching the bigger ones stand guard while the small ones and females drink, and we also see a tiny baby get stuck in the waterhole and struggle for over an hour to get out. More than a few times we’re worried for his safety in the deep mud and water, though after an enormous amount of effort he is finally able to scramble up the steep and slippery mud bank.
We cruise the entire park hoping to spot large cats, though we only encounter elephants and yet more elephants. The landscape is extremely barren and it’s sweltering hot day after day.
The Northern edge of the park is extremely deep sand, and the Jeep works overtime in low range 4×4 for hour after hour, though we never once get stuck or anything remotely close.
This is a spectacular park well worth a visit for those looking to get away from the crowds of Etosha.
P.S. some websites say you won’t be allowed into the park as a long vehicle – this is outdated info and it’s entirely possible to go it solo. There is one campground near the South (Sekerreti) that has zero infrastructure, and then a very fancy (and expensive) lodge type place in the North.
If you want to avoid paying the big bucks, leave the park to the North then camp off the side of the track, there are hundreds of good places.