Caprivi

A lush water-fed area, the narrow extension of land known as the Caprivi Strip protrudes eastwards from the extreme northeast of Namibia, adjoining Zimbabwe and Zambia. Although the wildlife in the Caprivi has not yet recovered from years of poaching and the destructive bush war of the 1970s and 80s, it is a superb conservation area that may in the future rival Etosha. Named after Leo Graf von Caprivi, the strip was ceded to colonial Germany by the British. The Caprivi belongs to the tropical climate zone and receives hot temperatures year round.

Open throughout the year, the Caprivi Game Park features broad-leafed deciduous woodlands comprising wild seringa, copalwood and Zambezi teak. It is the wettest region in Namibia with its high rainfall fed by a number of major rivers like the Okavango, Kwando and Zambesi. The small town of Katima Mulilo at the eastern tip of Caprivi offers some attractive lodges and has an airport, a hospital, some petrol stations, grocery stores and a street market with crafts, traditional baskets woven from grass, wood carvings, jewelry and clothes. Malaria is an endemic, year round problem and prophylaxis are recommended for all visitors.

Animals seen here include: buffalo, elephant, zebra, antelopes, hippo, crocodiles, lion, giraffe, puku, sitatunga, red lechwe, spottednecked otters, waterbuck, Roan antelope, Oribi, wild dog. As many as 339 bird species have been recorded in west Caprivi.

Lodges in the area.

SUSUWE ISLAND LODGE

DIVAVA LODGE & SPA