Bwabwata National Park, established in 2007, covers 6,274 kilometers of northeast Namibia and forms part of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), the world’s largest conservation area.
The park is located between Botswana and Angola, on an important migration route for African elephants and other wildlife.   It aims to use its substantial natural resources towards empowering the local rural communities.
During the Border War of the 1970’s and ’80s, the area’s wildlife population was decimated but, thanks to Namibia’s community-driven conservation efforts, the elephants are now returning to Bwabwata in droves. A wildlife survey conducted in 1978 counted just one breeding herd of 35 elephants, a single sable antelope, one hippo and one small herd of red lechwe. There are now at least 277 sable, around 350 hippos, 142 red lechwe at the last count, and at least 340 herds of elephants and thousands more that pass through the region.
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