The abundance of water in the Caprivi sustains a big game stock. Specially numerous are the elephants, though one might not easily spot them in the dense vegetation. The game is being protected in a couple of reserves (Mahango, Mudumu, Lizauli, Mamili). There are no fences, so that the animals can roam about across the borders of the neighbouring countries of Botswana and Zambia. Especially excellent for game viewing is the Chobe National Park in Botswana bordering the Caprivi in the south.
Top: Sunset at the Zambesi River near Katima Mulilo. Bottom: Buffaloes in the Chobe National Park, Botswana. Left: Small settlement in the Caprivi region.
The Caprivi is a narrow strip of land in the far northeast of Namibia, about 400 kilometres long. In place of the once corrugated dirt road through the Caprivi, which was hardly passable during the rainy season, there is a tarred National Road nowadays. The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (see the Caprivi Info page), most popular tourist destination in the north, can be reached comfortably now.
The Caprivi belongs to the tropical climate zone and registers high precipitation during the rainy season. Combined with the high temperatures, it leads to a hot sultriness. A malaria prophylactic is strongly recommended for the Caprivi.
Katima Mulilo is the provision centre of the Caprivi strip. The small town lies at the mighty Zambesi river and offers some nice lodges directly at the river. Katima has an airport, a hospital, several petrol stations, grocery stores and idyllic street markets with hand-crafted articles.