The Caprivi Strip
The Caprivi is a narrow strip of land about 400 kilometres, or 250 miles, long that juts east across the top of Botswana from the northeastern corner of Namibia. Germany acquired the region from the UK (in exchange for the island of Zanzibar) in 1890. It was named for Graf von Caprivi, the German chancellor who signed the agreement with Queen Victoria’s government.
The Caprivi Strip is tropical Namibia, dominated by the Okavango, Chobe and Zambezi rivers, and has a true rainy season (December to March). The abundance of water sustains a large variety of bird and animal species, especially elephants. There are no fences, so the game roams freely through the Caprivi and into and out of neighboring Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Caprivi Strip Accommodations
This exclusive lodge sits on a cluster of islands in the Kwando River, just 50 miles upstream from Victoria Falls. Guests experience wild Africa in comfort, privacy and of course complete safety. Lofty canopied viewing decks look out over river and forest, endless savannahs and glistening lily-studded wetlands. Four deluxe and spacious brick-and-thatch suites are available, each with a double bath, bedroom, lounge, private viewing deck and plunge pool. Mosquito nets, overhead fans and hair dryers (powered by generated electricity) are provided, and there is a fire pit, spacious lounge and dining areas, a curio shop and a small reference library. The cuisine and service are impeccable.
Private game drives in open 4×4 vehicles often encounter vast herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo as well as crocodile, lion and leopard, sable, roan, sitatunga, lechwe and puku. Night drives offer an even closer insight into the intrigue of the African bush. Three distinct habitats—riverine, floodplain and grassland—offer spectacular birding as well. Other activities include guided nature walks, picnics, meandering the quiet waterways by boat, fly-casting to tigerfish, or just relaxing and taking in a spectacular sunset.
Photography by: Jofie Lamprecht