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:
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.
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.
Chobe Savanna Lodge is on the banks of the Chobe River in Namibia, overlooking Chobe’s Puku Flats and opposite Chobe Game Lodge its sister camp in Botswana.
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers luxury tented accommodation in a quiet island in Namibia waters.
Kaza Safari Lodge is set in a landscape of waterways, islands and floodplains in Namibia's Caprivi Strip.
Lianshulu Lodge in Namibia combines exceptional rooms with beautiful scenery and a range of wildlife viewing activities.
Time: GMT +2 hours
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.
Visas are not required British citizens for stays of up to 90 days.
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.