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The Caprivi Strip

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... is an unusual leg-shaped appendage projecting rather awkwardly from the north-east corner of Namibia.

The Caprivi Strip has its origins in colonial times when it was added in order to provide the country with access to the Zambezi River and remains, to this day, the main artery for road travel between Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.

The main reason to include this area in self-drive trips around Namibia is in order to provide some conventional savannah safari to contrast with the desert scenery. This part of the country gets a much higher rainfall and is a great contrast to the arid west. The strip also leads, ultimately to Victoria Falls in Zambia, which can make a nice place to round off this kind of epic self-drive.


Mudumu and Mamili ... is the most interesting stop, a genuine savannah safari location which offers an experience approximating to that of Botswana, just across the river, but at a fraction of the price.

Rundu ... is a reasonably pleasant town on the Okavango River, which serves as a welcome overnighting break on the long drive from Etosha to Mudumu.

Popa Falls ... is a rather low key location set around some rather unimpressive waterfalls on the Okavango River.

Katima Mulilo ... is a substantial town and more of a functional stop.

Caprivi Eastern Tip ... offers a wide range of accommodation as an alternative to staying in Kasane, some of which is quite decent.
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