At the top of Namibia, between Angola and Botswana, you’ll find an oddly-shaped panhandle, called the Caprivi Strip. It’s covered by permanent water and starts at the Kavango River in the east. It then follows the Zambezi River all the way to the border intersection of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.If you’re travelling to or from these countries, you’ll definitely travel through the Caprivi Strip.
Katima Mulilo, Caprivi’s main town, is closer to Harare and Lusaka than it is to Windhoek, so, in many ways, this area’s more like the African countries that surround it than Namibia itself. For starters, unlike the desert, it’s a very green and lush place – thanks to its rivers. The entire western area is a game reserve, with 8000 elephants, as well as hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles and many antelope species.
Along these rivers, you’ll find a number of lodges and campsites, and they also offer access to the northern reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. They’re also only a short drive from Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park.
You don’t need a permit for using the Trans Caprivi Highway, but keep your eyes wide open, as there are no fences, allowing the animals to cross the road whenever they like.
Kwando, Okavango, Linyati, Chobe and Zambezi rivers
Photograph compliments of Wikimedia Commons