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The Caprivi is a 400-kilometre-long, narrow corridor of land in northeast Namibia. As the country’s wettest region, it sustains a wide variety of birds and animals, with elephants particularly numerous.

The strip runs between Angola to the north and Botswana to the south, linking it to Zambia. It has a tropical climate zone so, unlike the rest of the country, has high rainfall during the rainy season (December to March). It has a number of major rivers such as the Okavango, Kwando and Zambezi, as well as smaller rivers like the Linyanti and the Chobe.

Various reserves – Bwabwata, Mudumu, Lizauli, and Mamili – protect the region’s wildlife. The tarmac Caprivi Highway was built to replace the old dirt road, which was barely passable during the rainy season, with the result that both Chobe National Park in Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe are now readily accessible and easily combined on our African Adventure trip.

Some 200 kilometres east of Rundu, in the western part of the Caprivi, lies one of Namibia’s scenic highlights: Popa Falls, the Okavango River breaks through a four-metre-high rocky intrusion in its course, surrounded by beautiful nature. 

The main centre of the Caprivi region is the small town of Katima Mulilo, which lies at its eastern tip on the banks of the Zambezi River, where there are some attractive lodges.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: carmine bee-eater, African elephant, fire-crowned bishop, leopard, lion
  • Where: Caprivi Region, Namibia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

African Adventure: Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia

Journey through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to observe southern Africa’s iconic wildlife in some of the continent’s finest national parks. Starting at the magnificent Victoria Falls, highlights include excursions in Hwange, Matobo, Moremi, Chobe and the serene Okavango Delta.

  • When to go: Jun-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Natural Wonders

Few trips venture as far as Namibia’s northern border, but this innovative itinerary employs a combination of self-drive and guided safari to visit famed Etosha and the Caprivi en route to Africa’s Four Corners – where Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet – ending at Chobe and Victoria Falls.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

On the Trail of Elephants

This 18-day group tour focuses on the elephant hotspots of Namibia and Botswana, followed by a night at the world-famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Explore a variety of landscapes from desert to coast and grassland to wetland, to marvel at southern Africa's beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

  • When to go: Mar-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,545 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hakusembe River Lodge

This attractive lodge perches on the south bank of the Okavango River, with views across to Angola on the other side. It makes a great spot for anyone travelling through the Caprivi region, where you’ll find fish eagles wheeling over the reedbed and locals paddling dugout canoes on the river.

Onguma Tented Camp

An intriguing combination of style and attention to detail makes Onguma Tented Camp the ultimate in safari accommodation. Every comfort is provided and the bush-chic styling ensures you are cocooned in luxury. Seven tents are arranged around a waterhole that attracts a constant procession of wildlife.

Riverdance Lodge

Set on the shady riverbank, the well-appointed rooms at Riverdance look over the Kavango River, where elephant are frequently spotted. You’ll find peace and privacy here, with no attention to detail spared by the personable owners who used all of their own experience of travelling in the lodge’s design and execution.

Susuwe Island Lodge

Susuwe Island Lodge is situated on Birre Island in the Kwando River within Caprivi National Park. Built on elevated decks amidst a grove of beautiful sausage, mangosteen and leadwood trees, activities from the lodge include vehicle safaris, guided walks, boat and mokoro trips along the river.