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Caprivi, sometimes called the Caprivi Strip (in German: Caprivizipfel), Caprivi Panhandle or the Okavango Strip and formally known as Itenge, is a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards about 450 km (280 miles), between Botswana on the south, Angola and Zambia to the north, and Okavango Region to the west.
Caprivi is bordered by the Okavango, Kwando, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. Its largest settlement is the town of Katima Mulilo.
It went through a civil war from 1994-1999 and remains unstable till today.
The strip is administratively divided between the eastern Caprivi Region and the western Okavango Region.
Be warned, Popa falls are not falls at all, rather a series of rapids, waterways and islands on the Okavango River.
When the river is low the highest visible drop is about 3m.
There is walkway into the middle of the river, after this you are free to scramble over the rocks in the middle of the river.
At this point the channel is about 1km wide with the river split into a series of channels making their way through the rocks.
This is a popular spot for travellers on the way to Botswana and a convenient stopping place when travelling between Kavango and East Caprivi.
The area is protected as a national park but is very small and apart from bird life, a few hippo and some crocodile there is little wildlife to be seen.
Accommodation in the area: Ndhovu Lodge, Divava Lodge, Popa Falls Resort, Mahangu Safari Lodge.
The Salambala Conservancy is one of Namibia’s most biologically diverse areas, encompassing a rich combination of mopane/terminalia woodlands, floodplains and riverine habits.
Scorpione in Salambaba Conservancy
More than 400 species of birds are documented to be present in the conservancy, while the forest and floodplains provide habitat to increasing numbers of African mega-fauna such as
Beautiful sunset in the Caprivi strip
The Okavango River is a river in southwest Africa. It is the fourth-longest river system in southern Africa, running southeastward for 1,600 km (1,000 miles).
Okavango in Caprivi
It begins in Angola, where it is known as the Cubango River. Further south it forms part of the border between Angola and Namibia, and then flows into Botswana, draining into the Moremi Game Reserve.
Before it enters Botswana, the river drops four meters, across the full 1.2 km-width of the river, in a series of rapids known as Popa Falls, visible when the river is low, as during the dry season.
Kongola and Namushasha
Kongola is a village and the district capital of the Kongola Constituency in Namibia's Caprivi Strip.
It is situated on the national road B8 (Otavi - Katima Mulilo). Kongola has a petrol station and a wholesaler. Although the village is situated on a national power line, it has not yet been connected to the electricity grid.
There is also no access to safe water at Kongola.
Kwando river near Kongola
The Cuando River (alternatively spelled Kwando) is a river in south-central Africa, also called the Linyanti River and the Chobe River in its lower section before it flows into the Zambezi River.
The Cuando continues in its marshy channel across the neck of the Caprivi Strip of Namibia and then forms the border between Namibia and Botswana as it continues southeast.
Some 10,000 years ago, the Cuando merged with the Okavango River and they flowed south to Lake Makgadikgadi.
24km south of Kongola in the East Caprivi. A luxury bush lodge with 23 en-suite bungalows + 1 VIP unit.
All bungalows fitted with mosquito nets.
Situated on the banks of the Kwando River, overlooking a tranquil hippo pool, with over 300 recorded bird species in abundance.
Link : Namushasha lodge
Namushaha on the banks of the Kwando river
Elephant on Caprivi road
Elephant on Caprivi road>