Alan Murphy
Australia AU
Sep 3, 2015 September 3, 2015

Alan Murphy is a Lonely Planet author and expert on Southern Africa and its wildlife. In 2013 he established Roundtrip Foundation. Check out www.roundtripfoundation.org.au.

Categories: African Hotspots, Namibia

The Caprivi Strip

The Caprivi Strip in far flung northern Namibia is a wildlife corridor that connects a number of African countries. It also provides some of Namibia's best wildlife viewing.

A wildlife corridor

Bordering Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Angola, but in Namibia, is the geographically improbable Caprivi Strip. The former conflict zone is really a massive wildlife corridor with elephants, for example, spilling over its borders into other countries. Parts of it flood, like the nearby Okavango Delta in Botswana, which attracts plenty of wildlife. And it is also a haven for bird life.

Parks like Bwabwata, Mahango, Mudumu and Mamili are all unheralded destinations. In the past, wildlife was scarce – due to the area’s historical difficulties. But in recent years, there's a significant rise in wildlife population. They now offer diversity and increasing numbers of animals. If you like things a bit rough and ready, then the Caprivi Strip region certainly holds promise.

Best time to travel

May to October is the best time to visit Namibia and explore the Caprivi Strip. It's the dry season, so there's virtually no rain, lots of sun and not too many crowds. The exception to that is Etosha NP. If you're interested in exploring a wildlife haven, then contact us at SafariBookings and we'll show you all the safari tour options for this region.