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Why visit the Zambezi Region (Caprivi)?

This area was renamed the Zambezi Region in 2014, though it is still called the Caprivi by many.  It is one of the country’s main conservation areas and has become a popular wildlife destination.  There is an abundance of birdlife, and with high rainfall feeding the lush vegetation, this last remote outpost of north-eastern Namibia sustains a good variety of wildlife too.  There landscape is varied,  a network of waterways, floodplains and riverine forests.  Several of Africa’s most impressive rivers flow in this region, the Zambezi, Chobe, Okavango and Kwando rivers – it really is a stunning part of the country.
Reasons to visit the Zambezi region include:

  • There is good game viewing in this area, from animals that make their home in and by the water (hippos, red lechwe, sitatunga) to predators who hunt in numbers such as lions and wild dogs.
  • Birding in the Caprivi is fabulous with many birds endemic to the area. 
  • With an abundance of rivers, the Zambezi region offers some great fishing opportunities for novices and experts alike.
  • It’s a good place to stop for a few days en-route to Botswana or Victoria Falls, the roads are good quality, as they are in most of Nambia. 
  • There are several reserves in this area:  Bwabwata, Nkasa Rupara (wetland paradise), Mudumo (known for large herds of buffalo) and Mahango.  
  • Like much of Namibia, it has a peaceful and remote feel, an area to explore with differing landscapes.  Unlike some areas of Namibia water is plentiful here year round, sustaining a good variety of wildlife. 
  • Pay a visit to the bustling town of Katima Mulilo, the capital of the region to stock up on supplies or crafts and experience a bit of local life.

When to visit the Zambezi region

This area is best avoided in the peak rainy season of January and February but otherwise is easily accessible.  Please be aware that this is a malaria area and you are advised to take precautions.

How to get there

The Caprivi works well and a route between Namibia and Botswana, Zambia or Zimbabwe if you are planning a multi-centre trip. It's easy to get here if you are self-driving, the roads are good and safe. Alternatively many organised small group trips and tours visit this area and some travel go on to include Botswana or Zambia.

Accommodation in the Zambezi Region

There are many options to choose from, from guest houses to up market lodges. Chobe Savannah is one of our favourites, overlooking the Chobe River.  If you prefer something on a smaller tributary then perhaps try Impalila.

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Flights from UK to Windhoek are usually via Johannesburg or Frankfurt and take about 12.5 hours. Windhoek International Airport is 60km from the city centre.

Language: Namibia’s official language is English. Afrikaans, Dama/Nama, German, Herero, Oshiwambo, Sukwangali, Setswana and Silozi are also recognised.

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Malaria is present in Namibia. Certain areas are more high risk. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission; this includes transiting through a yellow fever risk country; make sure you have a valid yellow fever certificate with you.  

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