​Getting There – Zambezi Region (Caprivi Strip)

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

The Zambezi Region (formerly Caprivi Strip) is located 900km/560mi from Windhoek by car. The area is a panhandle in northeastern Namibia and is roughly 400km/250mi from east to west and 32km to 96km (20mi to 60mi) from south to north. The eastern most point is where the borders of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia intersect.

For most travelers, the Zambezi Region is an access route for traveling from Namibia to Chobe National Park in Botswana or Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe, and vice versa. The distance from Victoria Falls is about 400km/250mi (driving time 4½ hours*) and from Chobe it’s 380km/240mi (driving time 5½ hours*).

The main point of entry into Namibia is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), located 40km/25mi east of Windhoek. Visitors will usually start their trip by 4x4 in Windhoek. Alternatively, there are fly-in trips that take you between different parks by charter flight.

*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Tour operators usually book charter flights between parks as part of the tour package.

  • FlyNamibia (Offers domestic flights from Windhoek to Rundu and Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region)

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Namibia page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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