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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 heavily in our ‘Namibia, Chobe & Victoria Falls Family Holiday’. This trip including a variety of landscapes and experiences would suit an active family or equally any traveller to Namibia starts in Windhoek before heading north to the eastern reaches of Etosha National Park. Then it is time to drive northeast to the town of Rundu and into the Caprivi Strip. After exploring the little visited national parks from two lodges along the Caprivi, you’ll drive into Botswana to experience a safari in Chobe National Park and then onward 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 and the Mahango National Parks, whilst further east the exclusive Nambwa Tented Lodge is set on the banks of the Kwando within Bwabwata itself.
Nkasa Lupala Lodge is located in the just a stones throw away from the remote Nkasa Rupara NP, and Chobe Water Villas is located at the eastern tip of the Caprivi Strip enabling exploration of areas of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.