In the far northeast of the country, a thin strip of land connects Namibia to the great Zambezi River. A remote riverine habitat, this lesser-visited region offers a lush contrast, with five protected reserves home to astounding birdlife and elephant.

A 280 mile long panhandle, the Caprivi Strip was an accident of German empire-building , designed to give a navigable passage (so they thought) via the Zambezi River to the Indian Ocean and the East African territories. Victoria Falls rather ruined this plan. Whatever the reason for its creation, this wildlife-packed sliver of land sandwiched between Botswana and Zambia offers a similar game experience to the Okavango Delta; remote and personal. No wider than 20 miles in some places, it is bordered by four rivers and water-loving big game abounds, from hippo and crocodile to antelope such as sable, waterbuck, reedbuck and buffalo. And in the wetlands of Mahango National Park more species of birds can be found than at any other park in Namibia.

Itineraries featuring CAPRIVI STRIP

  • Desert Dune Safari – Namibia

    Days: 17 Type: Group tour
    This small group set-departure tour takes you through some of the most remote areas of the fascinating land of Namibia; areas which have been rarely explored by others. The dunes of Sossusvlei are not to be missed but you’ll also see the amazing marine life just off Swakopmund, the secluded and dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks and the rugged and rocky landscape of Palmwag where the last free-roaming...
  • Diverse Namibia

    Days: 13 Type: Group tour
    This guided small group tour explores Namibia’s contrasts from the iconic Sossusvlei dunes to the Namib Desert and from the Atlantic coast to the ancient Damaraland plains and Etosha’s wildlife. Staying in small seasonal tented camps using comfortable dome tents with camp beds and ensuite bathrooms, travel between destinations by road with Namibia’s spectacular landscapes revealing themselves along the way.

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    While impressions are still fresh for me, I want to say how much I enjoyed the [tour]. It took me to all sorts of places I would not easily have got to otherwise. I am left with many rich experiences to draw on for a while to come. Laurie

    Travel to this remote region brings incredible rewards for the intrepid – a total contrast to the arid deserts and plains of the rest of the country, the Caprivi has more in common with its neighbour Botswana. 

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