Namibia consists of 13 regions, but of these the Caprivi is unique in that it is home to six ethnic tribes -Subia, Yeyi, Mafwe, San, Tortela and Mbukushu -amazingly these six tribes have adopted a Zambian language, Lozi as a common medium of communication in addition to English. The Caprivi regional capital is the town of Katima Mulilo situated on the Zambezi River. There are no other major towns in the area, only numerous villages.
The Caprivi is ideal for travelers who desire a Botswana type safari but don’t have the budget for Botswana. The Caprivi is surrounded by four perennial rivers – Chobe, Kwando, Linyanti, and the Zambezi. The waterfront areas attract over 600 species of bird, four of the big five (all except for rhino), large concentrations of elephant and huge herds of antelope. The Caprivi also is home to four national parks -Bwabwata, Mamili, Mudumu and Mahango. The B8 Highway also makes for convenient access to / from Victoria Falls.
The Caprivi is Namibia’s panhandle or thumb. Situated in the far northwest with the majority of it sandwiched between Botswana to the south and Angola to the north.
The region can be included as part of any itinerary. To learn more about our itineraries, click on one of the sample itinerary links below:
- Namibia Sample Self Drive Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Guided Safari Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Classic Fly & Guided Safari Itinerary
Best Times to Go
The best time to go to the Caprivi is between April – September as the game viewing is at its best and the weather is much cooler, drier, and with virtually no rain falling at this time. However, if your prime focus is birding than the summer months, October – March, are more suited to witness the regions influx of migratory birds. Be warned that the summer months are extremely hot with intense humidity.
Below are some of the accommodations we recommend for the Caprivi. Click a link below for more information.