The Caprivi Strip is situated in the north-east of Namibia and unlike the rest of the country is blessed with good rainfalls. The name Caprivi or Caprivi Strip is still in common use although the region had been officially renamed to Zambezi in 2013.
Geography and climate of the Caprivi
The Caprivi climate is influenced by the Zambezi and Kwando River (later changes to Linyanti and further east to Chobe River). Both carry water throughout the whole year. Furthermore the Caprivi receives high rainfall from December to March.
Flora and fauna of the Caprivi
Thanks to the abundance of water the Caprivi boasts a special and diverse flora and fauna. Vast areas of this region are nature conservation areas. Three national parks are found here namely the Bwabwata, Mudumu and Mamili National Park.
Animal species to be found: Elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, lion, leopard, African wild dog, sable and roan antelope, waterbuck, sitatunga, lechwe, bush buck, zebra, kudu, impala and about 450 bird species.
Places of interest in the Caprivi
Here we provide an overview of activities, highlights and sights of the Caprivi region: Wild National Parks, an abundance of wild life, the yearlong lush and green landscape which is unique for Namibia, the impressive culture of the “Caprivians” and much more.
Situated in a small riverine forest, Caprivi Mutoya Lodge & Campsite lies on the banks of a tranquil backwater lake of the Zambezi River and offers 5 chalets, 3 luxury tents and 12 campsites. Facilities on offer includes a bar and restaurant, swimming pool, curio shop, small lounge with books & games and WIFI. A large wooden deck offering stunning lake views is surrounding the restaurant.
Camp Kwando, situated in the Caprivi, offers 3 different kinds of accommodation: 13 thatched roof Island Tents, 6 Luxury Chalets and 10 camp sites. Camp Kwando offers a variety of activities including boat trips on the Kwando River, visits to a traditional village nearby and game drives.
Located about 6 km east of Katima Mulilo, Caprivi Houseboat Safaris offers accommodation in chalets and on campsites. They also offer safaris on a catered or self-catering basis on camper boats. The boats offer two roof top tents and a bunk bed on the lower deck, and each boat can accommodate up to six guests.
Caprivi River Lodge is situated just east of Katima Mulilo at the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The lodge offers different types of accommodation suiting all budgets. It is ideally located for guests wanting to visit the nearby famous Victoria Falls and the well-known Chobe National Park.
Chobe Princesses offers accommodation and safaris in three luxury Safari boats. The boats provide guests with the opportunity to stay overnight within the incredible Chobe National Park. Thus the Chobe Princesses are ideal for birding, game viewing and photo safaris.
Chobe River Camp, formerly known as Camp Chobe, is situated north east of Ngoma border post on the banks of the Chobe River overlooking the Chobe National Park. Chobe River Camp offers 20 tented chalets with shady, veranda, en-suite bathrooms and showers as well as a nice camping ground with 6 campsites with barbeque facilities and shared ablutions.
Chobe Savanna Lodge accommodates up to 24 guests in African style thatched chalets, all with private decks and en-suite bathrooms. Facilities include a swimming pool and an open boma area on the banks of the Chobe River, where guests are treated to panoramic views.
Located on Impalila Island, on the Namibian side of the Chobe River, Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers 8 Meru safari tents with private balconies and en-suite bathrooms. The lodge provides good opportunities to view the abundant wildlife of the Chobe National Park including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck.
Luxury Tented Lodge in the Nkasa Rupara National Park
Jackalberry Tented Camp is located in the marsh area of the Linyanti River in the Caprivi - know for its abundance of wildlife. With only 4 luxury tents the camp guarantees an exclusive service. The area is not fenced and free roaming game can be watched from close distances.
Kazile Island Lodge is a luxury lodge situated in the Bwabwata National Park. The lodge comprises ten luxury tents overlooking the Kwando river and the floodplains of the popular horseshoe lagoon. The lodge is located on Kazile island, a private island which can only be reached by boat.
After being closed and renovated Lianshulu Lodge is again under new ownership and management. The Lodge consists of of two lodges: Lianshulu Main Lodge and Lianshulu Bush Lodge, both situated in the Mudumu National Park.
Mavunje Camp is situated in the Caprivi, at the banks of the Kwando River. Mavunje is the base camp of Mashi River Safaris and consists of five campsites. Mashi River Safaris was founded by Dan Stephens in 2010 in order to enrich what the Caprivi has to offer with an idea.
Nambwa Lagoon Camp is situated close to Nambwa Lodge on the Nambwa Island within the Bwabwata National Park. Nambwa Lagoon Camp offers five Meru style tents build on platforms along the backwaters of the Kwando River
Nambwa Lodge, together with Nambwa Lagoon Camp, is the only lodge in the Bwabwata National Park. Nambwa is situated on the Nambwa Island, north of the famous horseshoe, one of the largest elephant gathering areas in Namibia.
Namushasha River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kwando River in eastern Caprivi about 24 km south of Kongola close to Mudumu and Mamili National Park. The lodge has 25 rooms, 4 fully-equipped, self-catering tents, a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool as well as a campsite. Game drives and boat cruises are being offered.
Nkasa Lupala tented lodge is located on the banks of the Kwando-Linyanti river system in the Caprivi. The Lodge offers 10 luxury tents, and activities such as game drive safari in the Nkasa Lulapa NP (Mamili), Mudumu NP and the Wuparo Conservancy.
Selfcatering accommodation and camping in the Caprivi
Sharwimbo River Camp is situated within the Mashi Conservancy in the Zambezi Region. The 15 en-suite tented chalets were built on a hillock, granting each direct views onto the Kwando River. Every chalet is equipped for self-catering. The camp also offers 5 campsites and a refreshing swimming pool.
During the night of Sunday, 02 August 2015 local fires severely damaged Susuwe Island Lodge. Fortunately, we can advise that despite the intensity of the fire there has been no loss of life and no one was hurt.
The Zambezi River Lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in Katima Mulilo. It hosts 42 rooms, a restaurant and bar as well as a swimming pool. A visit to the local traditional market is recommended and the lodge is a good stop over for visitors en route to the Victoria Falls.
Situated at the Chobe River, Zovu Elephant Lodge, offers 10 rooms, a bar and restaurant and a swimming pool. Visitors can often observe large herds of elephants at the river. The Lodge offers boat cruises up the Chobe river, sundowner cruises, game excursions on land and day trips to Vic Falls.