The Caprivi is a tropical area, with high temperatures and much rainfall during the December-to-March rainy season, making it the wettest region of Namibia. The terrain is mostly made up of swamps, floodplains, wetland, and woodland.
With an abundance of hippo, buffalo and elephant, this birders’ paradise is part of pristine Africa. However, you do not have to give up technology – with an excellent infrastructure, cellphone reception at major towns and modern lodges offering excellent game drives, you will find all necessities and even luxuries.
A booze cruise and fishing trip is a must. The Nembwe (Green Bream) and Threespot Tilapia make for excellent eating while Tigerfish will give every angler their sports for the day. Crocodiles and hippos are commonly seen from boats.
Birding is out of this world with over 400 species recorded, and the region boasts some of the rarest birds in Africa, including Pel’s Fishing Owl, breeding Carmine Bee-eaters and Shelly’s Sunbird. Kingfishers, Cranes, Fish Eagles and other bee-eaters are abundant in the lush vegetation, ranging from savanna to swamps; plains to Mopane forests and reed-covered riverbanks.
At the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers lies Impalila Island, which is also the peculiar meeting place of four African countries, namely: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Location (from 17° 54′ 59.40″ S, 19° 45′ 15.12″ E to 17° 48′ 24.12″ S, 25° 15′ 22.32″ E)
Caprivi is almost entirely surrounded by foreign countries. Its only domestic border is a short connection in the west with Okavango.
- In the northwest, it borders the Cuando Cubango Province of Angola.
- In the north, it borders the Western Province of Zambia.
- In the south, it borders the North-West District of Botswana.
Extensive information is provided by the local Caprivi business community on their website covering accommodation, activities, flooding updates and lots of priceless tips & tricks.
Susuwe Island Lodge is an opportunity to closely experience a wild and untouched island of Africa. Situated in North-Eastern Namibia, the island is in the remote Kwando River, a permanent water source which nourishes delicate ecosystems and sustains a variety of game and birdlife.
Impalila Island Lodge is a 16-bed luxury lodge situated at the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. It is here where 4 countries meet in an amazing mosaic of waterways, floodplains and bushveld.
Ichobezi River Lodges and Luxury Safariboats are based on Impalila Island, at the tip of the Caprivi Strip, Namibia, in the heart of the Chobe region. Ichingo Chobe River Lodge sports Meru Safari tents nestled underneath Jackalberry trees, providing luxury accommodation with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the Chobe River.
The 18m-long (59ft) safariboats Ichobezi Moli and Ichobezi Mukwae each offer four beautifully appointed cabins with en-suite bathrooms and panoramic windows. A large entertainment deck with lounge, bar, dining area and sun deck with plunge pool make for ample comforts. Piloted and serviced by a professional crew, you will expertly navigate the river, share their specialist knowledge, and enjoy exquisitely prepared meals.
Surrounded on all sides by wild and powerful waterways, Ntwala Island Lodge is the most pristine and secluded Chobe destination. Intricate floating walkways link an untouched cluster of islands within the Mambova rapids where two mighty African rivers – the Zambezi and the Chobe – converge, only 80km upstream from the Victoria Falls, and where white sands and palm trees add to the romance.
In the northern extremity of the Chobe National Park, along the Chobe River, is an expanse of vast floodplains and savannah called the Puku Flats. The area is renowned for its large herds of buffalo and elephant, which come to the rivers edge to drink and graze. Chobe Savanna Lodge, located on its own private concession on the Nambian side of the Chobe River, peers west out across the vast Puku flats.