The Caprivi Strip offers a watery contrast to the rest of arid Namibia with a number of river-based game lodges.
The Zambezi region (also called the Caprivi Strip) is Namibia’s outstretched arm reaching towards the great rivers of the Chobe, Linyanti and Zambezi. It ends at the only spot on the planet where four countries meet, (Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Botswana), close to the Victoria Falls. This lush green riverine landscape offers a watery contrast to the rest of arid Namibia.
The Caprivi Strip lies in the far northeast of Namibia. It has Victoria Falls to the east and the Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta to the south. So it’s an ideal link between Namibia and both Victoria Falls and the Chobe area.
The Caprivi Strip is not an easy destinations to reach! So it’s ideal for second time visitors. By far the best way to visit is to self-drive. As there are no flights. But you need to have enough time. You travel via the Mahango National Park all the way to Victoria Falls, by mostly tarred road. We recommend at least 3-4 nights for the trip, 2-3 nights in one of the parks and 1-2 night en route from Etosha.
One of the attractions of a safari in the Zambezi region is that you can add on Botswana. You cross the Ngoma border post for an easy 50 minute drive to Kasane to drop your rental car. You can spend a couple of nights in the Chobe region, staying at Muchenje or Ngoma for example. Then continue by charter flight into the Delta, or onto Victoria Falls. Note: The car rental drop off fee is very hefty on the pocket though!
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Why you may love it
- With almost 450 bird species, nearly 70% of the total number of species in Namibia, are found in this birders paradise
- Over a quarter of this regions birds don’t occur anywhere else in the country
- Namibia’s only hippopotamus are found in the Caprivi
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When to visit Zambezi Region
December to March
April to June
June to mid-September
Best time to travel
Mid-September to November
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- NameAlso called the Okavango Strip
- BorderForms the border between Namibia, Botswana & Zambia