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The Caprivi, also known as Caprivi Strip is a long, skinny panhandle extending north-east from Namibia, separating Angola (to the north), Botswana (to the south), and ending near the south-western corner of Zambia.

It is a tropical, wet stretch of land, known for its typical round huts along the street.


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The Caprivi conflict involved an armed conflict in Namibia between the Caprivi Liberation Army (CLA), a rebel group aiming for the secession of the Caprivi Strip, and the Namibian government. Its main eruption occurred on 2 August 1999 when the CLA launched an attack in Katima Mulilo, occupying the state-run radio station and attacking a police station, the Wanella border post, and an army base. Namibian armed forces quashed the attempt at secession within a few days


You will mostly hear the locals speaking their local language, Silozi, however, English is almost the only foreign language spoken. Other local Namibian languages such as German and Afrikaans are not spoken or understood by the locals.

Dialects include Fwe, Yeyi, Subia and Mbukushu.

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The Caprivi is a game-rich area and includes 3 wonderful national parks which are still somewhat under-utilised in comparison to the parks in neighbouring Botswana.

On offer are game drives, camping trips or boat cruises in any of the parks or even on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers.

For additional on the parks and downloadable brochures go here: [2]

Bwabwata (formerly west caprivi game reserve)

Bwabwata is the largest part covering the whole of the Caprivi strip and has a somewhat unique landscape. It is situated on an old dune system which means that there are a number of drainage lines running north west-south east across the whole length of the park.

In the rainy season the drainage lines fill with rain which sits in natural pans providing drinking water for game long into the dry months. Once the water evaporates totally the game moves to the Kwando and Kavango rivers, so if you are staying on the riverfront the best time of year for seeing game is July-November. When there is water in the pans there is an almost unexplored road network (most of which is old routes created by the South African military) in the park interior. Official routes are set out in the Buffalo and Susuwe Core Areas.

The vegetation is a mixture of, riverine forest, teak forest, acacia fringe woodland on the edge of the drainage lines and open grassland.

Expect to see buffalo, hordes of elephant, lion (which are making a big comeback in the area), leopard, African wild dog, sable, roan, giraffe as well as the usual impala, kudu, zebra etc.

Bwabwata has a national route running the length of the park (the B8) with 120 km/h speed limits and 80 km/h speed limits in the wildlife Core Areas. The road is unfenced, so please watch your speed and avoid driving at night time if possible. Many animals are killed each year by vehicles including endangered species such as wild dogs which are using the tar roads for warmth.


Mudumu NP is situated around 30km south of the main B8 tar road running through the strip and has its western boundary on the Kwando river. To the East of the transit route through the park there is a huge area of beautiful mopane forest which the game moves into during the rainy season and to the east of the road, mixed mopane scrub/riverine forest which is the place to be in the dry season.

Mudumu is a very under-rated park with easy access and beautiful scenery. Expect to see huge numbers of elephant in the dry season, buffalo, zebra, leopard, hyaena and plenty of roan antelope.

Mamili (Nkasa Rupara National Park)

Mamili (or to give or the correct name Nkasa Rupara) NP is located around 30km south of Mudumu NP with the southern boundary of the park formed by the Linyanti river, the opposite bank of which is actually Botswana.

Mamili is a stunning swampland which due to its often inaccessible nature has remained cut off from the human population of the area for many years. As a wilderness experience it has few equals and although it does not hold the diversity of game that Bwabwata holds if you get it right (usually end of the dry season) it can be fantastic.

There is a stable population of Lion in the park which prey mainly on the huge buffalo herds which inhabit the 2 islands (Nkasa and Rupara)and they are generally quite easy to track down if they are not moving between the islands.

Due to the diversity of habitat in the Caprivi birdlife in all of the 3 parks is stunning with over 400 recorded species including specials such as slaty egret, racket-tailed roller and black coucal.

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Most lodges offer meals. In Katima Mulilo are some Restaurants and Cafes.

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  • Rainbow River Lodge, p.o. box 6464 Ausspannplatz (On route pass Popa Falls. Travel on road D3402 from Rundu to Katima for 200km. Turn right onto road D3404 (C48) before the Kavango river bridge towards Popa Falls for 6 km. Turn left at the Rainbow River sign board (big Hippo next to raod) for 700 meters towards Lodge. You will be welcomed at the main entrance.), 066 259067, [1]. N$ 540.00p.p. (S180641.40,E213526.50) edit


Stay safe[edit]

Getting around in the Caprivi is an experience not to be missed. However, don't regard any warnings as a joke. Be cautious and careful for snakes, elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Many fatalities are caused by crocodiles and hippos. Wild animals can feel threatened and defend themselves.

Apply common sense as anywhere in the world, and you'll be perfectly fine.

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