Visit Namibia’s Zambezi Region on a private tour and enjoy some of the best zesty safari adventures. This region is a strip of land in the northeast of Namibia that is sandwiched between Angola and Botswana with Zambia at the end.
Up until 2013 when the name was officially changed to Zambezi Region, the area was called the Caprivi Strip and is the most commonly used named for the area still.
What makes this area slightly different from other regions in Namibia is that it has good rainfalls. So with the rainfall, Zambezi River and Kwando River, there is an abundance of rare and unusual flora and fauna to be explored and seen on the many varied safari tours available.
The capital of the region is Katima Mulilo and is located in the far northeast. You have to travel almost all of the Caprivi Strip to reach it and before the improvements of roads, it was unreachable during the rainy season. Read More...
For a True Wilderness Experience Go to the Mahango Game Reserve on a Safari Adventure Tour.
There is no shortage of safari tours to take in the Zambezi Region thanks to the number of National Parks, Game Reserves, Rivers and even a living museum.
A great place to get the true wilderness experience is on a safari adventure tour to the Mahango Game Reserve which is ‘off the beaten track’ in the Bwabwata National Park.
The type of wildlife that can be seen on most safari tours in the Zambezi Region includes antelope, elephant, wild hog, vervet monkey, lions, cheetah, leopards, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and much more. With hundreds of bird species, there are great birdwatching safaris to thrill all bird lovers.
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Bwabwata National Park
Located in the Zambezi Region, Bwabwata National Park is an excellent national park to go on adventurous safari tours. This is still a developing park, but so far the resources and forward thinking have led to a steady increase of endangered animals under the park's protection. There are many great areas to be explored such as the Kwando River or Rundu and lots of wildlife like elephants, kudos and hippos.
Mahango Game Reserve
This game reserve is actually in the Bwabwata National Park but has a lot to offer by itself by way of game drive safari tours. The wildlife includes elephant, leopard, cheetah, lion, buffalo and more. The wetlands are great to explore with a mix of trees, grass and reeds. It is also a birdwatching paradise with over 400 species. Take a 4x4 safari along the trail that follows the course of the Mahango and Thinderevu fossil rivers
Kwando Game Park
Another Game Park in the Bwabwata National Park is the Kwando Game Park or Kwando Core Area. It is found just off the Kwando River on the west banks. There is a combination of fascinating views and a huge variety of wild animals to be seen on 4x4 adventure safari tours. Visit the Horse Shoe Lagoon which is a popular attraction for elephants. The hills have different breeds of antelope lurking about. See giraffes and Kudus too.
Nkasa Lupala National Park
Take 4x4 safari tours to Nkasa Lupala National Park formerly known as Mamili National Park. It is situated in the south parts of the Zambezi Region. It is not always accessible as this area has the highest rainfall during the rain season. The animals to see include elephants lions, crocodiles, buffalo, several breeds of antelopes and hippos. Not to mention over 400 species of bird.
Mashi River Boat Safaris
There is a very special experience to be had on boat safaris in the Mashi River. Along the river banks, there are opportunities to see from the river elephants, buffalo, lions, cheetah, leopards, antelopes and wild dog. Lurking in the river edges are hippos and crocodiles. There are boat cruises, angling tours or an all-inclusive three-day tour to be enjoyed when you come here.
Mafwe Living Museum
When you visit the Zambezi Region, a very interesting place to take a guided tour of is the Mafwe Living Museum which is the same as visiting a traditional village. In this open air museum, learn all about the traditional culture and the general way of life for the people the Mafwe. Taste their traditional cuisine and enjoy their wonderful personalities. There is a guide to translate conversations
Kongola is a small town and area in the Zambezi Region. It is used as a stopover destination on the way to the town of Katima Mulilo or a starting point to the Mudumu National Park. There are still great off road 4x4 jeep safari tours to do here where you get to see the interesting landscape and river courses. There is something very intriguing about here about this area and its inhabitants.
Mudumu National Park
For great game viewing adventures, take a game drive safari tour in the Mudumu National Park. The remoteness of this national park and the tropical climate meant that not many tourists ventured here and the wildlife and vegetation great in abundance. It is a bit of a trek to get here, but when you do, it is worth it to see the hippos and crocodiles in the river and elephants, buffalos and zebras roaming the land.
Travel Tips for Zambezi Region
Best Time To Visit
It is recommended to visit the Zambezi Region during the dry season which is April to October. The game drive safari tours are incredible with many animals gathering at rivers, fewer mosquitoes and lots of bright sunny days. However, the advantages to visiting during the wet season which is November to March, the landscape is green and lush, fewer tourists, excellent birdwatching and the possibility of seeing newborn animals
When you go to the Zambezi region for a safari adventure holiday the prices will vary depending on the length of time yo are staying, how many safari tours you intend to do and the type of accommodation you would like. The majority of tour operators offer all-inclusive deals which include meals, safaris and accommodation. There are day trip safari tours available which can start from around US$30.
Know Before Visiting
When researching the Zambezi Region as a destination, make sure you find out when is the best time to see what you want to see, for instance, birdwatchers should go in the summer while game animal lovers should go in the winter. When you are there, make sure you listen to the instructions given by the Rangers before going on any of the safari tours. Have plenty of water during the hot months and bring lots of bug spray.
One word, hot, describes the climate in the Zambezi Region. During the Summer which are the wet season months of November to April, the temperatures average around 32 degrees Celsius and the rainfall comes in the form of heavy thunderstorms but not every day. The winter dry season months of May to October have average temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius. Th hottest month of the year is October, 34 degrees Celsius.