The Caprivi Strip is an inspiring safari destination in Namibia. Caprivi National Parks on the Kwando, Okavango, Chobe and Zambezi River offer great bird-watching and game-viewing.
What You Can Look Forward to in Caprivi
The Caprivi Strip, an inspiring safari destination in Namibia, is made up of a number of reserves and parks for birding and game viewing by boat and on land. Five mighty rivers flow through here - the Kwando, Okavango, Linyanti, Chobe and Zambezi Rivers
. The Caprivi Strip is sandwiched between Angola, Zambia and Botswana near the tip of Zimbabwe and close to other outstanding holiday hotspots like Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls.
Rundu is the western gateway to the Caprivi on the Okavango River in Namibia. From here the main road travels to Katima Mulilo in the east on the Zambian border, which is the leading town in this region with an airport and a good local market. Impalila Island, on the far eastern tip of the Caprivi Strip is a popular holiday spot where the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers meet. There is no marked border between the Caprivi in Namibia and Botswana
, so game move back and forth seasonally across the river.
In the Caprivi Strip in northern Namibia
you can stay in riverside lodges and camps, on islands or houseboats and enjoy game drives, bush walks, fishing and boating or canoeing, and cultural visits. You can see big herds of Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Hippo, Crocodile, Leopard
and sometimes Wild Dog, lots of antelope and hundreds of birds. The area is remote and roads are accessible by 4x4 only. Certain destinations combine well on a well-planned self-drive holiday or you can arrange a fly-in itinerary to specific lodges which are more difficult to access.
Caprivi Safari Adventure
Wildlife in the Caprivi Strip is varied with 4 out of the Big Five game
present. The border of Botswana is unmarked so the animals move seasonally from area to area and through unfenced National Parks. You can see large herds of Elephant, also Buffalo, Hippo
, Crocodile, Lion, Leopard, Wild Dog and a variety of antelope including Giraffe, Lechwe, Roan, Sable, Tsessebe, Sitatunga, Reedbuck and Waterbuck.
Caprivi Strip safari activities in Namibia include game drives, bush walks
and sundowners on floating pontoons. Game viewing by boat, sunset cruises and canoeing adventures are a great way to relax. From a houseboat, you can watch wildlife at the water's edge
at prime times and enjoy wonderful passing scenery whilst cruising along. The Caprivi Strip is also ideal for a birding safari with more than 400 recorded species - the highest in Namibia.
West to East along the Caprivi StripMahangu Game Reserve
This small reserve borders on the Okavango River and Botswana. It has diverse scenery and wildlife, with lush riverine forest and Okavango floodplains on one side and dry Kalahari bush on the other.Bwabwata National Park (was Caprivi Game Park)
Next to Mahangu is Bwabwata which stretches from the Okavango River to the Kwando River. Game moves freely between this park and Botswana. The waters are clear and there are lush islands in the river. Popa Falls is a series of rapids in a very scenic area on the Okavango River.Mudumu National Park
Deep in the Caprivi, this park is characterised by the beautiful waterways of the Kwando River which are superb for boating and canoeing. The dense vegetation is favoured by all kinds of animals while marshy areas host Sitatunga and Spotted Neck Otters.Mamili National Park
Mamili is secluded and has vast swamps, oxbow lakes and wetlands where the Kwando River turns into the Linyanti which becomes the Chobe River. Birdlife is prolific here. The park is reached on a day trip from Mudumu.Impalila Island
This is a popular area in the far eastern Caprivi at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. You can enjoy canoeing in the floodplains and see animals along the waterfront of Chobe National Park whilst enjoying a Chobe River cruise.
Catch one of the world's best sporting fish in Caprivi
The Okavango River enters the Caprivi Strip in the west and flows out into the Okavango Delta, while the Kwando River cuts through the heart, becoming the Linyanti Wetlands before changing direction into the Chobe River separating Nambia from Botswana. The great Zambezi River
forms the eastern border between Namibia and Zambia before the massive plunge of the Victoria Falls.
An angler's paradise, these fabulous rivers of the Caprivi Strip in Namibia are home to nearly 100 species of fish
. The top sporting fish in this Namibian region is the Tiger Fish which can be caught in the wide deep waters of the Zambezi River - catches of 10kg / 22lbs have been recorded here as well as good Bream fishing. In Namibia, the Okavango River also yields Tiger Fish
amongst other fighting species such as Nembwe, Three Spot Tilapa and African Pike. The Kwando River yields Bream and Nembwe.
A fully equipped fishing safari in Caprivi Strip, Namibia
, can be arranged to various areas in the Caprivi for some of the finest freshwater angling and also fly-fishing. Boats and experienced local guides are supplied and you get to go to all the best fishing spots on the rivers and enjoy a variety of other activities on offer at the Caprivi Strip lodges and camps.