Namibia, Chobe & Victoria Falls
The itinerary takes in Namibia's top spots before heading into Botswana and onto Victoria Falls.
Located in northeast Namibia, the Caprivi Strip (now officially known as the Zambezi Region) is a narrow stretch of land wedged between Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Kavango, Chobe, Zambezi and Cuando Rivers all run through the Caprivi Strip at various points, creating a lush landscape which is unlike the rest of Namibia. The Caprivi’s rivers, wetlands, floodplains and forests attract a variety of wildlife and birdlife and there are some excellent national parks and game reserves here.
The entire Western Caprivi is a game reserve. In 2002 Mahango Game Park and the Western Caprivi Game Park were joined together to create Bwabwata National Park.
Bwabwata is located 200km east of Rundu (the gateway to the Caprivi Strip) on the Trans-Caprivi Highway which runs the length of the park to the Kwando River. The park covers an area of more than 5000km2 and is home to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, hyena, roan and sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, impala, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo, Nile crocodile and abundant birdlife.
Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara National Parks are located in the Eastern Caprivi and they are much smaller than the substantial Bwabwata NP but are equally worth a visit.
During the summer months (November to March) the Caprivi experiences heavy rain and it is also very hot (average daytime temperatures are 35°C) and humid. In mid-summer (January to February) torrential downpours can make some of the region inaccessible, therefore we recommend that you think carefully before deciding to travel to the Caprivi Strip at this time of year.
During the winter months (April to October) the temperatures are cooler (average daytime temperatures are 28°C) and you’re unlikely to experience any rain, making this a more favourable time of year to visit. Wildlife viewing in the national parks and reserves throughout the Caprivi Strip is at its best during the dry winter season as the animals gather around the remaining water sources it makes them easier to spot on your game drives.
The Caprivi Strip features in our specific ‘Caprivi self-drive trip’ and also the ‘Namibia, Chobe and Victoria Falls’ self-drive holiday. The latter takes in the real variety that Namibia has to offer by starting in Windhoek and then driving south to Sossusvlei, before heading north to Damaraland, followed byEtosha National Park. Then it is time to drive Northeast to Rundu and into the Caprivi, Strip. After exploring the Bwabwata National Park and other destinations within the Caprivi, you’ll drive into Botswana to experience a safari in Chobe National Parkand then onwards to your final destination, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Located on the banks of the Okavango, River Dance Lodge is a perfect base from which to explore Bwabwata NP and other parks, whilst the exclusive Nambwa Tented Lodge is set on the banks of the Kwando within Bwabwata. Jackalberry Tented Camp Lodge is located in the Nkasa Rupara NP, and Chobe Water Villas is an exclusive lodge located at the eastern tip of the Caprivi Strip.