Zambezi Region

The Caprivi Strip offers a watery contrast to the rest of arid Namibia with a number of river-based game lodges.

Overview

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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Features

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

Summer Rainfall

This is the summer rainy season it is green and lush, and it’s a good time for birding and new born babies. Temperatures are high at 31C and humid, but drop after the late afternoon rains. It is slightly less rainy in March.
AVG RAINFALL 140mm
MAX TEMP 30 ℃ / 86 ℉
MIN TEMP 18 ℃ / 64 ℉

April to June

Shoulder Season

This is considered the shoulder season it’s the start of the dry season. The landscape is still green and lush but grasses start dying down. The sunsets are superb as the skies are clearer. The game-viewing is gets better as the dry season continues.
AVG RAINFALL 22mm
MAX TEMP 28.5 ℃ / 83 ℉
MIN TEMP 11 ℃ / 52 ℉

June to mid-September

Best time to travel

Traditionally this is considered the best time to visit as the dry season continues. The dense bush thins out and the animals flock to the rivers to drink, so they are easier to find. Daytime temperatures are 27-28C but the nights are quite cold (7C)
AVG RAINFALL 1mm
MAX TEMP 26 ℃ / 79 ℉
MIN TEMP 5 ℃ / 41 ℉

Mid-September to November

Heating up quickly

Temperatures heat up quickly in September and October prior to the start of the summer rains and it can get very hot by the afternoon. It is hot, hot, hot in October prior to the start of the summer rains. Expect at least 35C and sometimes more. So make sure you are comfortable with heat if you travel in October. Somewhere in November, the summer rains start taking the form of late afternoon showers.
AVG RAINFALL 48mm
MAX TEMP 33℃ / 91℉
MIN TEMP 18 ℃ / 64 ℉

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Did you know
  • NameAlso called the Okavango Strip
  • BorderForms the border between Namibia, Botswana & Zambia