Zambezi Region

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

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The Zambezi region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip) has been described as 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 (Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Botswana) meet, close to the Victoria Falls. This lush green riverine landscape offers a watery contrast to the rest of arid Namibia. There are a number of river-based game lodges. Visit the Mahango or Mudumu National Parks as well as Impalila Island on the Chobe River.

The Zambezi region (Caprivi Strip) is actually the collective name for a great network of rivers and verdant wetlands. This offers superb safaris by boat and open vehicle. In fact there are four reserves here: Susuwe, Mudumu National park, Mamili National Park and the Salambala Conservancy. Hippo, crocodiles, elephant, sable antelope and wild dog are all regularly sighted. Plus the area is especially rich in birdlife given its riverine setting.

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.

Chobe sunset over Impalila Island in Zambezi region

Getting to the Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)

But the Caprivi Strip is not the easiest of Namibian destinations to reach! So it’s usually enjoyed by second time visitors. By far the best way to visit is by 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. Choose between a number of charming, romantic safari camps set right on the water’s edge, ideal for adventurous honeymoon safaris.

One of the attractions of a safaris 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…