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Caprivi Strip
Caprivi Strip
Caprivi Strip
Caprivi Strip
Caprivi Strip
Caprivi Strip
Caprivi Strip
Caprivi Strip
Caprivi Strip
Caprivi Strip

Enjoy river cruises, fishing trips & birding in the Caprivi

Elephants frequently cross the river to feed

Spot game from camp

The Caprivi is the only place to see aquatic animals in Namibia

Birds abound

Birds abound

The Caprivi is home to large elephant herds Jul-Sep

Water-based activities aren't the only option

Some lodges offer fine dining

You can almost guarantee spectacular sunsets

Caprivi Strip

Caprivi Strip

Veined by permanent rivers, the Caprivi is home to birds and animals that live almost nowhere else in Namibia.

African fish eagles perch on branches high above the water; a thrilling flash of blue marks the passage of a bejewelled kingfisher.

Sitatunga and red lechwe thrive within the wetlands of the national parks – Bwabwata, Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara – whose plains are home to Cape buffalo and sable antelope as well as elephant aplenty. The range of habitats make this an exceptional place for birding, as well; indeed, more species have been identified in the Mahango area of Bwabwata than anywhere else in Namibia.

While often explored from a 4WD, this world of plenty is perfect for boating, at its best in the early morning or towards sunset. Whether you’re chugging along the broad reaches of the Kavango or meandering through picturesque channels, that’s a real bonus in a largely dry country. And if you fancy a spot of fishing, that too is on the agenda at many of the riverside camps.

Even away from the parks, the Caprivi – or Zambezi Region – feels very different. Smoke spirals up from fires in roadside villages, children play in the dirt, and foraging goats, cows and chickens present a constant hazard for drivers. Here and there, makeshift stalls offer drinks and local crafts, and the occasional small town offers up the essentials to passing travellers.

The Caprivi may not be on every traveller’s wishlist, but to come here is to experience a side of Namibia that is rarely seen – while staying in one of a handful of lodges whose standards of accommodation, food and guiding are among the best in the land.

And as a bonus, the region’s close proximity to the Victoria Falls presents a perfect add-on for many a self-drive safari.

Caprivi Strip

Caprivi Strip: in detail

Safaris visiting Caprivi Strip

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Rock Hare Self-drive Safari

20 days • 12 locations • 3 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

An in-depth look to Namibia including from the Namib Desert to Victoria Falls and everything in between. This three-week self-drive adventure includes unrivalled mix of environments and great value.

Visiting Etosha, North-west Kalahari and 7 other areas

US$4,650 - US$5,940 per person

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Pygmy Mouse Self-drive Safari

18 days • 10 locations • 3 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

A truly epic southern African self-drive safari adventure from Namibia’s mountains and deserts, along the lush Caprivi Strip to Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe staying at luxury lodges throughout.

Visiting Etosha, Victoria Falls and 6 other areas

US$4,800 - US$6,670 per person

Read more about the Pygmy Mouse Self-drive Safari

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Sable Self-drive Safari

12 days • 7 locations • 3 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

A great value southern African self-drive adventure from Namibia along the Caprivi Strip to Botswana and Zimbabwe, combining otherworldly landscapes, unforgettable wildlife spectacles, rarely visited places and ending at Victoria Falls.

Visiting Etosha, Chobe and 4 other areas

US$2,860 - US$3,900 per person

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Our travellers’ wildlife sightings in Caprivi Strip

This is their success for sightings in Caprivi Strip.
Click on a species for more detail. How we work this out.


Elephant

85% success

Hippo

80% success

Giraffe

73% success

Zebra

72% success

Buffalo

68% success

Wildebeest

56% success

Roan antelope

38% success

Sable antelope

35% success

Sitatunga

30% success

Eland

26% success

Lion

22% success

Cheetah

8% success

Leopard

8% success

Wild dog

4% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Aardvark

0% success

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Most recent reviews of our safaris to Caprivi Strip

Click below to browse all 207 reviews from Caprivi Strip.
All from our travellers; all are in full & unedited.


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207 reviews since August 2007
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Mr J from Coventry

Arrived 20 Jan 2020, 19 nights

"Wonderful latest trip to Africa."

"The trip as a whole was really good. Didn't see much wildlife as unpredictable. …" Read Mr J’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr L from Leicestershire

Arrived 7 Sep 2019, 34 nights

"Great experience"

"An amazing adventure which we will never forget. …" Read Mr L’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs & Mr B from Canada

Arrived 13 Jun 2019, 33 nights

"My Jun 2019 trip"

"We are so impressed by Maruska and will use her again in a heartbeat!! …" Read Mrs & Mr B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs H from Beds.

Arrived 29 Aug 2019, 11 nights

"One of the best trips ever"

"everything about this trip was excellent …" Read Mr & Mrs H’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr L & Family from Denmark

Arrived 27 Jul 2019, 29 nights

"Third time with Expert Africa, still happy"

"We got highly qualified, fast and efficient help from Tracy ... …" Read Dr L & Family’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs B - family from UK

Arrived 14 Jul 2019, 19 nights

"This was one of our best holidays ever"

"We had an amazing trip .. we had 3 weeks available …" Read Mrs B - family ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs M from Edinburgh

Arrived 19 Jun 2019, 23 nights

"Namibia road trip 2019"

"highly recommend Namibia as a fantastic destination.. exceeded our expectations. …" Read Mr & Mrs M’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ts from Gloucestershire

Arrived 5 Jan 2019, 14 nights

"Our honeymoon"

"We loved our honeymoon and couldn't have imagined a better trip! …" Read Ts’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr C & Ms B from Macclesfi

Arrived 3 Nov 2018, 31 nights

"A wonderful month away from the UK winter!"

"This was a wonderful trip. …" Read Mr C & Ms B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr M. from Anchorage

Arrived 12 Oct 2018, 23 nights

"wonderfull -- will do it again "

"The trip was excellent... will do it again …" Read Mr M.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

See all Caprivi Strip reviews

When to go to Caprivi Strip

Our month by month guide: What it's like to visit Caprivi Strip in Namibia


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Namibia in January

January is at the heart of Namibia’s rainy season. However, as you’d expect from a country dominated by desert and semi-desert environments, the rains are often (but not always) weak and usually quite localised. Some days will be clear, the strong sun raising temperatures to around 30ºC/86ºF; on others humidity and clouds build, sometimes culminating in spectacular thunderstorms. In extreme cases, these generate flash-floods which race down the beds of ephemeral rivers.
Across the country, the greening landscape makes a refreshing change, especially in desert areas. Many birds are in full breeding plumage and migrant species are here in force. In the north, where the rains are more reliable, the abundant water and food allows wildlife to disperse, making it trickier to spot.

  • Variable weather: clear, hot & dry, or cloudy & humid with some rain
  • Occasional, highly localised thunderstorms
  • Many animals with young; birdlife at its most spectacular
  • Wildlife dispersed & harder to see, especially in Etosha & the Caprivi
  • Very few tourists (apart from the New Year) so rates mostly low

Our view

This is not a great time to visit

Weather in January

Namibia in February

February is the wettest month, but as Namibia is dominated by deserts, the rains are often weak and patchy. The variation in weather across Namibia is significant, too; the central highlands and Caprivi can see some heavy rain. More typically, some February days are clear with a hot, strong sun; others are cooler as cloudy skies build and, sometimes, culminate in short, spectacular thunderstorms. Occasionally these generate flash-floods, bringing ephemeral rivers to life and making travel more challenging.
Across the country, the landscape feels green and alive; insects and smaller animals are more easily seen, and many birds and animals are raising their young. However, small pools in the bush and thicker vegetation can make it hard to spot the wildlife.

  • Variable weather: clear, hot & dry or cloudy & humid with some rain
  • Occasional localised thunderstorms meander over the landscape
  • The bush feels alive; birdlife is at its most spectacular
  • Wildlife in Etosha & Caprivi is dispersed & harder to see
  • Few tourists, so rates usually at their lowest

Our view

This is not a great time to visit

Weather in February

Namibia in March

March usually sees Namibia’s main rains tailing off, although actual precipitation varies hugely across the country and can be unpredictable from day to day.
Many days will be clear, with a strong sun driving temperatures up. On others, clouds will build, and the late afternoon may see a short, spectacular thunderstorm. Such deluges reduce in both frequency and volume as the month progresses.
Across the country, landscapes are often vivid: a “green and pleasant land”. Many birds and animals are finishing raising their young, so smaller animals and insects are in evidence. In the north, where rains are generally heavier, pools in the bush and thicker vegetation can make it difficult to spot larger animals.

  • Variable weather: clear, hot & dry or cloudy & humid with some rain
  • Afternoon thunderstorms less common as March progresses
  • Animals looking sleek and well-fed, after 3–4 months of plenty
  • Wildlife in Etosha & Caprivi is dispersed & harder to see
  • Few tourists visit during March, so rates often low

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in March

Namibia in April

Typically, April is dominated by dry weather; there’s an ever-decreasing chance of rain. Temperatures are now below their peak and continue to fall. Even so, days remain pleasant and warm, but there might be a slight chill in the air at night. The rains usually leave many parts of the country verdant and green, so animals are in fantastic condition – often with fast-growing young in attendance.
With the dust washed out of the atmosphere, photographers make the most of clear air, spectacular landscapes and healthy animals. Stargazers will have clearer night skies as the month progresses. In the game parks of Northern Namibia, water and food remain in plentiful supply, so finding big game can prove trickier than later in the year.

  • Becoming drier &, especially at night, also cooler
  • Few visitors, except around Easter, so rates remain low
  • Wildlife in Etosha & Caprivi remains relatively hard to see
  • Migrant birds have started to leave
  • Fresh, clean air and often green, verdant landscapes

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in April

Namibia in May

By May, Namibia is usually drying out fast as the rains have ended. If they’ve been good, then the land remains green, but wildlife starts to congregate at more permanent water sources. Over much of the country the air quality and clarity can be amazing, making this an ideal month for photography.
Typical days are warm, with crisp, clear mornings and clear blue skies. Evenings are usually cool, and temperatures may dip below 10ºC (50ºF) overnight. Many lodges still charge “low season” prices, although with Namibia’s increasing popularity in recent years, some have started to introduce higher “shoulder season” rates.
May’s good-value rates, increasingly good wildlife sightings, beautiful landscapes and crystal-clear air combine to make this one of our favourite months in Namibia.

  • Lovely weather: dry, warm days & cool nights
  • The country is drying out although many landscapes remain green
  • Fantastic air clarity – ideal for keen photographers
  • Visitor numbers are often still low, mirrored by lodge rates
  • Wildlife is starting to congregate more around remaining water

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in May

Namibia in June

Namibia is dry again. Skies are blue and usually largely cloudless. Days are lovely: warm and dry; nights are cold, sometimes below freezing in the desert. Most swimming pools in Namibia are always outdoors, making them too cold for all except the very dedicated.
Take a warm hat and gloves for game drives, where dawn and dusk will feel particularly chilly. In the north, especially Etosha, wildlife viewing is now into its dry-season pattern, focusing around the waterholes – though the park is still not busy.
Photographers come for superb air clarity, with minimal dust or smoke in the air. Historically, June rates have been low. However, with Namibia’s increasing popularity many lodges now count it amongst their “high-season” months, and request higher prices.

  • Clear, bright days with blue skies; cold nights, mornings & evenings
  • Great air quality, especially welcome for photographers
  • “Shoulder season” for some lodges: lodge rates moderate
  • Wildlife gravitates to waterholes, making game-viewing productive
  • Some greenery in the landscape, depending on the last rains

Our view

A very good time to visit

Weather in June

Namibia in July

Reliably warm daytime temperatures (upwards of 20ºC/70ºF) and good wildlife sightings make this a popular month to visit Namibia. Rain would be very unusual indeed and clear skies make for great photographs. Once the sun sets, though, temperatures cool rapidly bringing cold nights that may dip below freezing in the desert. Be prepared: dress in layers and expect early-morning and late-afternoon drives, and anywhere coastal, to be cold.
As the land dries and vegetation shrivels, game congregates beside drinking water: Etosha’s waterholes are busy with animals. Across the country, lodges charge “high season” rates; many are fully booked a year or more in advance, especially during European school holidays (from the latter half of July to late August).

  • Dry days, warm in the sun, with crisp, cold nights
  • Cloudless skies: July is usually superb for stargazing
  • The beginning of European school holidays so more families travelling
  • Peak season: so high rates and many lodges fully booked far in advance
  • A fantastic time of year for wildlife watching, particularly in Etosha

Our view

A very good time to visit

Weather in July

Namibia in August

August is the height of Namibia’s “winter”. Expect cloudless skies and plenty of warm sun in the day, but nights down to freezing in the desert. Dress in layers and bring warm clothes (including hats and gloves) for chilly starts and evenings. Only the hardiest even contemplate using outdoor pools.
It’s 3–4 months since any rain, so the land is dust-dry and much vegetation is golden brown. Many landscapes appear sparse and harsh. Wildlife congregates around available water sources, helping to guarantee good animal sightings.
Namibia is never really “busy” by the standards of Europe or the USA, but August is the most popular time to visit, especially for families. Book early (over a year in advance) if you want to stay at the best lodges.

  • Dry days, warm in the sun; cold mornings, evenings & nights
  • Cloudless skies in the day; spectacular stars at night
  • Busy by Namibian standards: family rooms in particular demand
  • Peak season: so high rates and many lodges fully booked far in advance
  • A fantastic time of year for wildlife watching, particularly in Etosha

Our view

A very good time to visit

Weather in August

Namibia in September

September is a month of blue, cloudless skies and fantastic wildlife viewing. Rain is almost unheard of. As the month progresses, the days and nights get warmer. In some areas, daily maximums hit around the low 30s Celsius, although low humidity ensures this feels comfortable. The contrast makes the nights seem very cold. The air is becoming dustier, occasionally augmented by smoke from fires – so becoming hazy for photographic purists.
In the national parks, animals congregate around remaining water sources – making September one of the best months for game viewing. Hence it’s one of Namibia’s most popular months for visitors: a “high season” month that is often the time of choice for safari aficionados.

  • One of the best months for wildlife viewing
  • Warm days & cold nights, with temperatures rising during the month
  • Many plants have faded from green to golden brown
  • Air can be hazy – with dust & sometimes smoke
  • High season rates; many lodges & camps are full 9 months in advance.

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in September

Namibia in October

Namibia is usually at its hottest and driest in October. Temperatures build as the month progresses; towards the end, daily highs may exceed 40ºC/100ºF, though with humidity close to zero, even this rarely feels oppressive.
In exceptional years, isolated rain showers may fall in late October. More usually, the end of the dry season sees wildlife watching at its best, particularly in Etosha. The place feels like a desert as spectacular herds of thirsty animals gather around the available water. October is popular amongst wildlife enthusiasts and commands peak-season prices, even if dust and smoke may make the air hazy, challenging photographers. Visitor numbers can fade towards the end of the month, allowing a window for last-minute bookings.

  • Probably the most spectacular month for wildlife-viewing in Etosha
  • Hot and dry: much of the country feels like a desert
  • The air can be hazy with dust & smoke
  • It’s peak time to visit, so expect high season rates
  • Lodges & camps are full, especially early in October

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in October

Namibia in November

November is always a bit unpredictable: sometimes dry and hot; sometimes cloudier and cooler. Typically, mornings are hot and cloudless and clouds appear in the afternoon. Humidity builds and eventually breaks, resulting in spectacular thunderstorms that bring convection rainfall in late afternoons. Such storms are typically sparsely distributed and highly local – being completely absent from desert areas, for example. Places that do get good rain will flush green, with a tangible feeling of new life softening the landscapes. Many mammals give birth to their young.
Once any rains come, wildlife dissipates in search of food, and game viewing in Etosha becomes harder. Conversely, this is a great time for birdwatchers, with migrant species in breeding plumage.

  • A very interesting, variable month, depending on the rains
  • With rains come an amazing explosion of both vegetation & new life
  • Wildlife viewing better in Damaraland than Etosha if it has rained
  • Shoulder season: mid-range rates offer great value
  • Away from the Namib, showers are more likely later in the month

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in November

Namibia in December

December is the first “proper” month of Namibia’s rainy season, and one of its hottest. Clear mornings give way to building clouds and, with luck, the occasional short, spectacular thunderstorm: refreshing and cleansing. These are often highly localised and generally warmly welcomed: most Namibians love rain!
Rains clear the air of dust. Even relatively short showers enable plant life to erupt, carpeting this thirstland in green and providing food for the young animals which abound. Animals disperse widely, which can make game viewing challenging. Many birds are breeding and so sporting their most colourful plumage.
Christmas and the New Year fall within local “summer holidays” – so places to stay can be surprisingly busy, especially in and around coastal towns, where temperatures are cooler.

  • Hot and humid; sometimes refreshed by cooling showers
  • Landscapes flushed green if/where there has been rain
  • A tangible life and energy amidst this often green & pleasant land
  • Very photogenic: blooming deserts amidst crystal-clear air
  • Best time for birdwatchers; larger animals harder to spot

Our view

This is not a great time to visit

Weather in December

Namibia fact file

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