The Caprivi, is a thin strip of land that makes up the north-east region of Namibia. This area of the country has many unique characteristics: 6 tribes call the area home; it shares its borders with Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Angola; it is surrounded by the perennial Chobe, Kwando, Linyanti and Zambezi rivers and is home to Bwabwata, Nkasa Rupara, Mudumu and Mahango National Parks.
Albeit a gateway to all these regions, there are few developed towns in this area, but small subsistence villages are plentiful. The Caprivi’s appeal lies in the untouched nature of its surroundings. The region’s capital town is Katima Mulilo, located on the banks of the Zambezi River. The landscape is dominated by riverine forests and waterways abundant in flora and fauna with a prolific bird species count, 4 of the big 5 and a long list of antelope and game species.
The National Parks in this area are becoming increasingly popular, specifically because they offer a remote and unspoilt wilderness to seasoned adventurers. The area is rich in history, having long been the centre of a game of tug of war between the locals, the British and the Germans in the late 19th century. It is now inhabited by the various ethnic tribes who survive as subsistence farmers and who are slowly benefiting from the increase in the passing tourism trade.
- North-east strip region in Namibia that borders 4 different countries
- Home to 4 perennial rivers that attract wildlife and sustain ethnic tribes in the region
- Four National Parks that are growing in popularity for their unspoilt wilderness
- Not many developed towns in the area but plenty of accommodation options, mainly lodges featuring various safari-style water and land-based activities
- Katima Mulilo is the capital of the region and good for stocking up on supplies and fuel
- Gateway for self-drive tourists between Namibia and Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Angola