The Caprivi Strip
The Caprivi Strip is that finger of north-east Namibia which stretches eastwards and is sandwiched between Angola/Zambia in the north, and Botswana in the south. The habitat is completely different to the rest of Namibia and is largely influenced by the four major rivers which form the boundaries or bisect it – the Zambezi, Chobe, Kwando and Okavango. Mahango, Babatwa, Mudumu and Mamili national parks are far more like the wildlife areas of Botswana, though in terms of wildlife, they are the ‘poorer relations’. The exception is possibly a small area of land at the eastern end of the Babatwa National Park, where an upmarket safari lodge can be visited and there are reasonable populations of big game.
Excellent birding and fishing can be found throughout the Caprivi, especially in the far east where Katimo Mulilo offers access to the Zambezi River and Impalila Island to the Chobe River. There are a couple of excellent lodges on Impalila Island which are most easily accessed from Kasane (Botswana) and often used as an alternative to the busy mainstream safari lodges found in Botswana’s Chobe National Park.