Popa Falls Game Park

Namibia’s smallest game park with abundant bird species of which more than 400 species recorded here.

The park conserves a small patch of riverine forest on the east bank of the Okavango River and on small islands. The course of the river is interrupted by a quartzite ledge, creating a four-metre-high series of rapids, known as the Popa Falls, before the river continues on its journey to Botswana and the Okavango Delta.

The Popa Falls Game Park is a popular stepping-stone for tourists visiting nearby protected areas such as the Khaudum National Park, the Buffalo and Mahango core areas of the Bwabwata National Park and, a bit further afield, the Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara national parks in the Zambezi Region. 

Park size: 0.25 km²

Proclamation: 1989

Natural feature: Lush vegetation, extensive lawns, riverine forest, the Popa Falls (rapids)  on the Okavango River.

Vegetation: Tree and Shrub  Savannah Biome. Vegetation type: Okavango Valley. Trees include jackal-berry (Diospyros mespiliformis) and knob-thorn (Acacia nigrescens).

Wildlife: Crocodile, Hippo, Vervet Monkey, Broad-head catfish and Oscillated Spiny Eel. The 417 bird species recorded here include Slaty Egret, Saddle-billed Stork, Bat Hawk, Western Banded Snake-Eagle, Collared Pratincole and Heuglin’s Robin.

Tourism: Bird-watching, Angling, Walking, Rest camp with bungalows. Day visits to Mahango 14km south, Buffalo. Communal kitchen and ablution facilities. Restaurant and kiosk. Several nearby lodges offer boat trips.