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 commonly 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, Zambia, Zimbabwe 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.
Historically the Caprivi Strip has not been an easy destinations to reach! However this is all changing with the new Fly Namibia flight from Windhoek to Katima Mulilo. But it’s still ideal for second time visitors.
By far the best way to visit is to self-drive. But you need to have enough time: at least 4-5 nights and ideally 6-8 nights. You travel via the Mahango National Park (now the Bwabwata National Park) all the way to Katima Mulilo, by mostly tarred road. En route you can visit the Mahango Core park, the Popa Falls, the Kwando area with its rich wildlife, and perhaps even take a detour down to the Nkasa Lupala National Park which shares its the riverine wildlife with the Linyanti swamps of northern Botswana. Finally as you pass Katima Mulilo, you can enjoy peaceful birding and fishing along the Zambezi River.
You can end your self-drive at Katima Mulilo or you can fly in and out of Katima if you just want to experience 2-3 nights in the area.
But from Katima, it is easy to take a road transfer across into Botswana to the Chobe area (1.5 to 2 hours) or even continue to Victoria Falls (Alllow 4 hours).
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