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Caprivi Strip

The Caprivi Strip is a strange strip of land between northern Botswana and southern Angola and Zambia. The strip belongs to Namibia and is named after the German Leo Caprivi who traded land here in 1890 for Zanzibar. Caprivi wanted to add this piece of land necessarily to Namibia because of the Zambezi, Kwando, Chobe and Linyati rivers that flows here. Not only because the rest of Namibia is very dry and the water was therefore very welcome, but also because the Germans wanted to expand their colony to the east across the width of the African continent. From August 2013, the Caprivi Strip was officially renamed the Zambezi Region because of the sensitive history between Namibia and German settlers.

Katima Mulilo is the largest town in the approximately 450-kilometer-long strip of land and is a good base for day trips to attractions in neighbouring countries such as the Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe or the Okavango Delta and wildlife-rich Chobe National Park in Botswana. Despite Katima being a tourist place, it is quieter than other places near these places.

The Caprivi region is important for the migration of the larger wildlife in this part of Africa; especially elephants go on this strip of land if they move between Botswana, Angola and Zambia. There are a number of wildlife parks (not demarcated with fences so wildlife can move freely in the region), which Bwabwata National Park is the best known. Bwabwata (or Caprivi Game Park) covers an area of ​​6274 square kilometres and besides elephants buffalo, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, zebra, blue wildebeest and many types of antelopes and goats (including sable antelope, sitatunga and tsessebe) live here. Birdwatchers are also well catered for in the Caprivi Strip, west of Bwabwata which is called a bird area of ​​international importance. Other game reserves in the area are Mudumu National Park where two lodges are located and Mamili National Park, which has been renamed since 2012 to Nkasa Lupala National Park. Mamili is wetter than the other parks because it lies in the Linyati Swamps (wetland), even though it is a small park just 350 square kilometres, it is considered one of the most beautiful reserves of Namibia.

Special is that there are small villages in the wildlife parks where people include the Khwe San tribe live. The government of Namibia is working with the residents to the maintenance of the parks and wildlife. In Bwabwata the locals deserves money running with three campgrounds (Nllgoabaca, Nambwa and Bum Hill) and a small lodge.

A number of roads in the Caprivi Strip are run by Bwabwata and Mudumu and you must keep your eyes well open in the hope of spotting some wildlife. If you want to take the smaller paths you enter the parks deeper and you will need a permit. "There are local tour operators who offer game drives, bush walks and boat trips or you can explore the parks. Please note that not all paths are passable, especially when it has rained, so it is advisable to drive in convoy and a 4x4 is necessary (most rain falls in January - February). Both for an admission card for to go into the parks, to book a game drive or to book accommodations within the parks, you can go to Katima Mulilo (local tour operators and Ministry of Environment and Tourism). In addition to the lodges inside the parks, there are accommodations outside the parks. The fauna in the various parks is more or less the same since the animals can migrate freely in the area.

The Caprivi Strip is in an area where there is malaria. Learn more about malaria and precautions.


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