Beside these, on the higher and drier land of the bank, are wide belts of wild date palm-forest, as well as the lush riverine vegetation. Further from the river are dry woodlands and acacia thickets, dotted with a few large baobabs. This rich variety of greenery attracts an impressive range of animals including buffalo, elephant, sable, reedbuck, bushbuck and waterbuck and the more specialist red lechwe and sitatunga. Good numbers of hippo and crocodile are also present.
Mahango is a great destination for a birding safari. More species can be found here than in any other park in Namibia. Many ducks, geese, herons, plovers, egrets, kingfishers and various waders occur here, along with the dry-country birds found in the rest of Namibia. Okavango specialities like the slaty egret can sometimes be spotted, and for many birds – including the lesser jacana, coppery-tailed coucal and racket-tailed roller – Mahango marks the western limit of their distributions.
Bwabwata National Park (frequently pronounced ‘Babatwa’) covers a large chunk of the Caprivi Strip. This is a largely undeveloped park which, whilst home to much wildlife, has few facilities and little in the way of game-viewing access roads. Most visitors just pass through along the way to the other parks.