Blue and Gold
I have to say that the Nkasa Lupala area takes a lot of beating in terms of wildlife parks. Animals were hard to spot when we visited but scenically the area is magical. Maybe it was the water that did it for me, and the skies which were superb.
The vegetation type in Mamili is classified as Caprivi Floodplain. It is a lush riverine environment; dominated by Dry Mamili grasslands in the northern section of the Park and Wet Mamili grassland to the south together with numerous braided floodplain channels, oxbow lakes, extensive reed beds and papyrus swamps. Riparian woodlands, most pronounced on the raised islands in the Park, particularly Nkasa and Rupara, include species such as Diospyros mespiliformis (Jackal-berry), Kigelia africana (Sausage Tree), Acacia galpinii (Monkey-thorn), Acacia hebeclada (Candle-pod Acacia), Acacia erioloba (Camel-thorn), Albizia versicolor (Poison Pod Albizia), Philenoptera violacea (Rain Tree), Terminalia sericea (Silver Terminalia), Combretum imbebre (Leadwood) Garcinia Livingstonei (Lowveld Mangosteen) and Acacia Nigrescens (Knob-thorn). The Kwando and Linyanti Rivers form the majority of the Park’s boundaries (Kwando- West, Linyanti - South and East), with only the northen border abutting the grasslands of the Wuparo and Malengalenga conservancies. The entire area is, like the rest of the Caprivi Region, extremely flat.
These Mamili wetlands – where as much as 80% to 90% of the Park can become flooded, and therefore extremely difficult to access, after rains and during cyclical wet periods - provide a wonderful habitat for both wildlife and birdlife. - Rosemary Walden's Photos