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The Caprivi is the 400-kilometre-long, narrow corridor of land in northeast Namibia, that runs between Angola to the north and Botswana to the south, linking it to Zambia. As Namibia’s wettest region, it sustains a wide variety of birds and animals – elephants are particularly numerous.

Germany exchanged this area in 1890 with the United Kingdom in return for Zanzibar, and it was named after the German chancellor of the time, Graf von Caprivi.

The Caprivi 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, and Chobe National Park in Botswana, which borders the Caprivi in the south, is excellent for game viewing.

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 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.

The service 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. There are some attractive lodges along the river. Another road leads southeast to enter the northern tip of Botswana at Ngoma Bridge, continuing to the border with Zimbabwe. 

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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 itinerary:

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
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Hakusembe River Lodge

The 20 comfortable cabins of this attractive lodge perch on the south bank of the Okavango, with views across to Angola on the other side, just west of Rundu at the start of the Caprivi Strip. Hakusembe River Lodge is a great spot to stop overnight on a trip through the Caprivi region.

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 ranged around a waterhole that attracts constant procession of wildlife.

Riverdance Lodge

Set on the shady riverbank, Riverdance Lodge’s well-appointed rooms look over the Kavango River. No attention to detail has been spared by the personable owners who used all of their own experience of travelling in its design and execution. The food – based on local fresh produce – is excellent.

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 game drives, guided walks, boat and mokoro trips along the river.