A beautiful stretch of 280 miles rife with a vast variety of flora and fauna to enjoy activities like game drives, boat rides, bush walks and more! An accidental blunder caused by Leo von Caprivi, resulted in the formation of the Caprivi strip and also named the blunder after him.
The terrain mostly consists of swamps, floodplains, wetlands and woodlands. The waterfront areas combine riverine forests with vast wetlands, attracting over 600 species of bird and nearly 200 kinds of flora, shrubs, trees and fruits, that complement the wildlife and mind boggling scenic beauty.
The Caprivi strip shares its border with four other countries – Angola, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
It is surrounded by four perennial rivers – Chobe, Kwando, Linyanti and Zambezi.
It has four National Parks – Bwabwata, Nkasa Rupara, Mudumu and Mahango.
The major attractions include:
Mahango Game Reserve - Located next to Botswana and Okavango Delta, this game reserve is rich in wildlife and a real treat to game viewers.
Mafwe Living Museum - An excellent insight into the Mafwe's culture: dancing, singing, basket making, and constructing traps.
Mashi Crafts - A source of income for the local communities which is managed by women. The crafts center has a eclectic collection of arts and crafts coming from East and West Caprivi.
Impalila Island - A small island which is home to many villages and a baobab tree that is over 2000 years old. Climbing to the top of it will give a breath taking view of the four neighboring countries.
Game viewing includes animals such as buffalo, hordes of elephant, lion (with an increasing number in the area), leopard, african wild dog, sable, roan, giraffe along with impala, kudu, zebra. The area provides a significant habitat for the critically endangered wild african dog. It is a corridor for African elephant moving from Botswana and Namibia into Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The best time for wildlife viewing is in the dry winter months from June to September, as the water scarcity leads to animals congregating around the water sources. The vegetation is also sparse during the winter, which makes it easier to spot wildlife.
High Season - July to November
Low Season - December to June
Best Weather - May to August (Less hot during the day)
Worst Weather - September to February (Very hot)
The Caprivi strip is home to 6 ethnic tribes – Mafwe, San, Subia, Yeyi, Tortela and Mbukushu. They have adapted a Zambian language – Lozi – as a common medium of communication. Though there are no major towns in the region, there are many villages and is fairly densely populated. They survive as subsistence farmers, and make their living on the banks of the Zambezi, Kwando, Linyati and Chobe Rivers. Most common crops grown are maize, millet, sweet potatoes, groundnuts, pumpkins and melons.
The Caprivi Strip has a hot climate, featuring heavy thunderstorms. Wet season coincides with the summer months of November to April. During the dry winter months, from May to October, there is virtually no rain and it gets very cold in the morning.
May to October - Winter
The coolest months with almost no rain. It gets drier as the winter progresses.
May, June, July & August - It is usually sunny and totally dry. These are the coolest months and the average afternoon temperature is 27°C/80°F. It is cold in the early morning, around 8°C/47°F.
September & October - Temperatures increase and October is the hottest month with afternoon temperatures of 34°C/93°F and much higher peaks. Early mornings are less cold, around 16°C/61°F. The rains usually start towards the end of October or early November.
November to April - Summer
It is mostly sunny and hot. Early mornings are less bitter than in the winter months with temperatures up to about 19°C/66°F.
November & December - The rains usually start late October or early November. Ocassional thunderstorms bring aternoon temperatures to around 32°C/90°F.
January, February & March - January and February are the wettest months with afternoon thunderstorms. It usually cools down after rain and average daytime temperatures are around 31°C/88°F.
April - Rain decreases rapidly in April and there are less and less days with precipitation. Temperatures start to drop slowly
The main point of entry into Namibia is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) located 40km/25mi east of Windhoek. Self-drive visitors will usually start their trip by 4x4 in Windhoek.
The Caprivi Strip is located 900km/560mi from Windhoek by car. The area is a panhandle in northeastern Namibia and is roughly 400km / 250mi from east to west and 32-96km / 20-60mi from south to north.