This region takes its name from the Kavango River, which forms Namibia’s border with Angola. The river is the lifeblood of the region and 75% of the people live alongside or close to it.
West Caprivi is a wide ribbon of dense woodlands and in the south it is bounded by Botswana and in the north by Angola. Built on a small island in Kwando River, Susuwe is an upmarket luxury Lodge offering superb service with game drives and nature walks.
East Caprivi is a water-rich region of floodplains bounded on all sides by rivers, except for its northern boundary with Zambia. The Kwando River with its tranquil lagoons, narrow flowing channels and magnificent riverine forests forms the western boundary of Mudumu National Park and is an ideal habitat for hippo and crocodile. Dominated by mopane woodlands where elephant, buffalo, impala, kudu, giraffe and zebra roam freely and it is a bird-watchers paradise with species that do not occur elsewhere in Namibia.
In summer high temperatures and humidity can be unbearable, but are tempered when rain sets in. In rainy seasons from December to April large areas are flooded and tracks are muddy and the humidity is unpleasantly high with violent thunderstorms. Bird-watching is most rewarding during summer, while the dry winter months are best for game-viewing. From April to August it is dry and cool with occasional frost and from September to November it is hot and dry.
The Caprivi is a narrow strip of land in the far northeast of Namibia, about 400 kilometres long. Germany exchanged the area - together with Helgoland - with the United Kingdom for Zanzibar in 1890. It was named after the German chancellor of the time, Graf von Caprivi, who signed the contract with the British. The tarred Caprivi Highway was built to replace the corrugated dirt road, which was hardly passable during the rainy season.
Caprivi is a tropical area that receives heavy rainfall between December and Marck and it’s generally very hot throughout the year. In comparison to the rest of Namibia which is largely arid, the terrain here is well vegetated and lush.M ostly, the topography of the Caprivi consists of swamps, floodplains, large wetland areas and woodlands. Often, the Caprivi is likened to Botswana’s Okavango Delta for its lush waterways and prolific bird and animal life.
Among the attractions in Caprivi are over 400 species of bird, great fishing opportunities, as well as three game reserves. The abundance of water in the Caprivi sustains a large variety of animal and bird species. Especially numerous are the elephants, though not easily spotted through the dense vegetation. There are no fences, so the animals can roam freely across the borders of the neighbouring countries of Botswana and Zambia.
One of the scenic highlights of Namibia is to be found the western part of the Caprivi and these are the Popa Falls. Actually, they are rapids rather than waterfalls. Here, the Okavango breaks through a four metre high rocky intrusion in its riverbed. The falls lie amidst enthrallingly beautiful nature.
Here you also find the most scenic campground in the north of Namibia. The service centre of the Caprivi is the small town of Katima Mulilo at the eastern tip. Katima lies directly on the banks of the Zambezi River and offers some attractive lodges at the river. It also has an airport, a hospital, some petrol stations, grocery stores and a streetmarket with arts and crafts, traditional baskets woven from grass, wood carvings, jewellery and clothes.
There is a border post to Zambia in Katima nowadays, which over the last few years, has become more and more attractive for tourists.