The Caprivi Strip is the northern Namibian gateway to the Okavango Delta, also known as the Panhandle – resembling a pan’s handle. It is formerly known as the Itenge – a narrow protrusion of Namibia touching Angola, Botswana and Zambia bordering each country by the Kwando, Okavango, Chobe and Zambezi River.
The Caprivi is named after Leo van Caprivi, a German chancellor in office from 1890 to 1894, who negotiated the land acquisition exchange with the United Kingdom in 1890. It was annexed to German South-West Africa, giving Germany access to the Zambezi River and routes into East Africa.
The Caprivi provides the ideal link for trading between Namibia and East African countries, however hampered by the changing water level, rapids and the Victoria Falls further downstream. The area is particularly lush and green providing significant habitat for the endangered Wild African Dog (lycaon pictus).
Ngepi River Camp is a renowned African campsite overlooking Mahango Game Park. They have newly built tree houses overlooking the river, with Angola on the other side. Ngepi have a unique floating swimming pool, with a different ‘slant’ to cage diving! It’s a beautiful camp, and your home away from home!