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is an extremely inaccessible park that lies in the far Northeast
corner of the country, just below the entrance to the Caprivi Strip.
The landscape is that of classic Kalahari bushveld, of forested dune ridges interspersed with patches of open grassland. The whole area usually very arid, but the landscape is underlain by a network of fossilised rivers, or "omurambas", which rarely flow to the surface, but whose ground waters provide a network of springs to sustain the wildlife.
Most prevalent are tsessebes, roans and kudus, with giraffes, oryx and buffaloes also being present. Rhinos are apparently present in decent numbers, whilst large herds of elephants often wander in from Botswana during the dry season months. A full complement of predators is also here, notably large populations of wild dogs. However all the wildlife is unaccustomed to vehicles and can be difficult to approach.
Khaudum is very difficult to access, with deep sand on the tracks and an almost complete lack of facilities. This is the preserve of fully independent expeditions only and we are very rarely asked to include it in trips.
Having said that, guests staying at the lodges in nearby Tsumkwe
may be able to visit the reserve on guided safaris.Xaudum Lodge
... is due to open soon, which should completely change the way that we include Khaudum in trips, more information as we get it.