The Caprivi regional capital is the town of Katima Mulilo, which is located on the Zambezi River. There are no other major towns in the area, although it is fairly densely populated. The Caprivi is the only region that shares its borders with 4 other countries – Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Caprivi has 6 ethnic tribes – Subia, Yeyi, Mafwe, San, Tortela and Mbukushu. Surprisingly, they have adapted a Zambian language – Lozi – as a common medium of communication.
The Caprivi is surrounded by 4 perennial rivers – Chobe, Kwando, Linyanti and the mighty Zambezi. For years this area was the domain of the South African Army – wildlife suffered as a result - but with soldiers long gone, wildlife populations have recovered. These waterfront areas combine riverine forests with vast wetlands, attracting over 600 species of bird, 4 of the big 5 (excluding rhino) as well as 4 National Parks – Bwabwata, Mamili, Mudumu and Mahango.
Until the end of the 19th Century it was known as Itenge and was under the rule of the Lozi Kings. In the late 1800's the strip of land was administered as part of the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (Botswana) until 1890 when Germany laid claim to the British administered island of Zanzibar, to which Britain objected. The dispute was settled by Queen Victoria and Britain acquired Zanzibar, and Germany settled for the territory which became known as the Caprivi Strip; named after German Chancellor, General Count Georg Leo von Caprivi di Caprara di Montecuccoli.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Caprivi Strip, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Namibia
Tailormade Holidays to Caprivi Strip
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A beautiful African style camp, Camp Kwando has thatched island tents and chalets on stilts. All rooms are well appointed including en suite facilities and a private deck. Meals are served just by the river and it is possible to see resident crocodiles and hippos pass by. Jump in the outdoor pool for a refreshing dip between game drives! The camp is on the banks of the Kwando river in the Eastern Caprivi.
The stylish accommodation embraces generously spaced, individually styled and tastefully furnished chalets, each with a private bathroom and secluded, outside viewing deck.
Mazambala Island Lodge is an oasis of peace and tranquility. This lush tropical paradise offers comfortable accommodation in traditional thatched bungalows
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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