Caprivi Strip

Aug 5, 2011   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Safaris  //  Comments Off on Caprivi Strip

Caprivi Strip including Mudumu, Mamili & Bwabwata National Parks

Caprivi is a region of Namibia located in the extreme north-east of the country bordering Botswana, Angola, Zambia and even touching on the tip of Zimbabwe at a point where four countries meet. It is a 450 km strip of land from west to east and varies between 30 and 100 kms wide. Caprivi is very different to the rest of Namibia, a region bisected by the Kwando River and bounded by the large rivers of Kavango, Zambezi and the Kwando / Linyanti / Chobe system. The wetlands and floodplains along the southern border of Caprivi are a paradise to behold and an area frequented by all big African mammal species. Huge conservation initiatives have resulted in renewed wildlife activity in this area.
Several lodges and luxury safari houseboats on the Chobe River opposite Chobe National Park offer excellent facilities and activities such as boat cruises, game viewing and cultural excursions.

Mudumu National Park
Mudumu is located 30 kms south of the village of Kongola in the middle of the Caprivi Region. It is 1,000 sq. kms in size and the terrain comprises mixed woodland, sandveld, grassland and floodplains. The Park is undeveloped but several lodges on the periphery offer accommodation and wildlife activities . The roads are difficult to negotiate, especially in the rainy season but with increasingly more game being attracted back to this area, gameviewing can be very rewarding.

Mamili National Park
Mamaili is 320 sq. kms in size and is located south of Mudumu National Park. Its southern border is the Kwando River which also marks the southern border of the Caprivi Strip. The terrain is largely swampland and floodplains and resembles the Okavango Delta. Mamili National Park, like Mudumu, has no facilities or accommodation but is a beautiful area and gameviewing can be rewarding, especially in the dry season.

Bwabwata National Park
Bwabwata was created from the Caprivi Game Park and Mahango Game Reserve and is 6,100 sq. kms in size, located between the Kavango and Kwando River section of Caprivi. It is a “people’s park”, combining wildlife and community conservation and opens old migration routes of large mammals between Botswana and Angola. These conservation intiatives will allow an increase in wildlife in the area under the custodianship of local communities and benefit tourism greatly.

The Caprivi Strip is a growing tourist area that will offer diverse and exciting wildlife experiences to complement those of  Etosha National Park and the desert adapted wildlife of Kaokoland and Damaraland.

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