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Namibia’s Zambezi Region was until 2013 known as the Caprivi Strip. The region is named after the Zambezi river which forms the northern border of the region in the west, but will probably still be called the Caprivi by locals for a couple of years to come. The region is a narrow protrusion of Namibia 450km eastward from the Kavango Region, nudged in between Botswana, Angola and Zambia. The Zambezi Region’s largest town is Katima Mulilo.

The Zambezi region is a fascinating area with a colorful history and an interesting combination of swamps, rivers, woodland and forests. In 1890 the area gained prominence when the German government laid claim to Zanzibar, an island off the coast of East Africa. The British were quite upset over this move and the matter was settled by swopping Zanzibar for this strip of land. The Germans named the area after the German chancellor at the time, who went by the lofty name of General Count Georg Leo von Caprivi di Caprara di Montecuccoli. Fortunately the area was only known as “the Caprivi”!

The Zambezi Region offers something for everybody. Although some parts are accessible in a 2-wheel drive (the Popa Falls and the Mahango Game Park), the eastern parts can only be explored in a 4-wheel drive. There are four perennial rivers (Zambezi, Kwando, Chobe and Linyanti) and four National Parks (Mamili, Mudumu, Mahango and Bwabwata). Because of the abundance of water, the region is home to 600 species of birds, four of the Big Five, and an amazing variety of flora. The human inhabitants are no less interesting: despite its size the Zambezi Region is home to 6 ethnic tribes who’ve adopted a Zambian language (Lozi) as their lingua franca.

Temba Travel provides excellent accommodation in the region. Compared to similar accommodation in the Okavango Delta, prices in this area are much lower while you can enjoy an even better safari experience and game viewing. The luxurious Kwando Camp, just outside the Mudumu National Park, offers beautiful views across the Kwando River and the accommodation comprises island tents, tree houses or campsites. The Namushasha Lodge is a luxury bush lodge overlooking a tranquil hippo pool. You are housed in air-conditioned en-suite bungalows and there are many opportunities for game viewing and birding.

The Mazambala Island Lodge is situated in an area known to the locals as “place of abundance”. This is the place to visit if you want lots of rest and relaxation. Ngepi Camp offers unique accommodation in luxury tree houses. Their campsites are shady and it’s the only place in the world with a hippo/ croc-proof floating swimming pool! Popa Falls offers rustic, comfortable accommodation with good value for money, close to the beautiful Popa Rapids in the Kavango River. The Mahangu Safari Lodge offers stylish, laid-back accommodation in luxury bungalows and luxury safari tents.



Drive from the Caprivi to Etosha National Park and from there to Damaraland or Kaokoland in the west of Namibia. It might take you two days, but it will be worth the effort. In Damaraland there are a number of excellent lodges, but Twyfelfontein Country Lodge near the petrified forest at the famous Twyfelfontein rock paintings is certainly our choice.

From Twyfelfontein it will take you about 9 hours to get to Keetmanshoop in the south of Namibia. The Quivertree Forest and Giants Playground just a few km north of Keetmanshoop is the main attraction of this area. The Quivertree Forest Rest Camp is next to this beautiful place and they offer affordable self-catering accommodation. If time allows you can also consider staying in Grunau Lodge, at the Shell Garage in Grunau about 130 km south of Keetmanshoop.



There are a few lodges in South Africa within easy reach of Quivertree Forest Rest Camp. The Kalahari Monate lodge is in the Spitskop Nature Reserve. They offer self-catering accommodation. Further from Keetmanshoop is Gables Inn in Colesberg in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. They offer self-catering accommodation halfway between Keetmanshoop and Durban.

The Savoy Hotel in Mthatha is the best hotel in the former capital of the Transkei. The Mthatha Savoy Hotel is in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.


The Botswana borders on the Caprivi and we recommend the Thapama Hotel in Francistown, Botswana's second largest city. Francistown is 680 km from the Caprivi.



If you plan a visit to Zimbabwe after you stay in the Caprivi you can cross the bridge in Katima Mulilo and travel via Zambia to Victoria Falls or you can cross the border at Ngoma Bridge into Botswana from where the Zimbabwe border will only be 70 km away. Irrespective of what route you decided on, your first stop will most likely be Victoria Falls, the adventure capital of Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls hosts a selection of excellent hotels such as Ilala Lodge, The Kingdom Hotel and Victoria Falls Hotel to name just a few.

The Hwange National Park is only 180 km from Hwange National Park. This park is Zimbabwe's best known game reserve. Sikumi Tree Lodge is a very extraordinary lodge which offers excellent accommodation and safaris through this game park.

Further south near Bulawayo is the Matobo Hills National Park. The Matobo Hills Lodgeoffers excellent accommodation in this beautiful park.

Another option would be to visit Kariba, the largest man-made lake in the region. In Kariba and the Matusadona National Park is Fothergill Island, a luxury lodge on an island in Lake Kariba.


Twyfelfontein Country Lodge    Quivertree Forest Rest Camp     Grunau Lodge 
Kalahari Monate lodge     Gables Inn     Savoy Hotel in Mthatha     Thapama Hotel 
Victoria Falls     Sikumi Tree Lodge     Matobo Hills Lodge     Fothergill Island
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