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Caprivi Strip

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The 600 km corridor that is the Caprivi Strip, forms a boundary between Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Its length is made up of woodlands, wetlans and the flood plains of the Zambezi and other rivers. The Caprivi strip forms part of the Kavango - Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, potentially the world’s largest conservation area, spanning five southern African countries; Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, centred around the Caprivi-Chobe-Victoria Falls area.

Here, wide tropical rivers like the Zambezi, the Okavango, the Chobe and the Linyanti produce lush vegetation to support many villages and their inhabitants. Backpackers will encounter children herding goats, women selling fruits, carvings, pots and pans from makeshift stalls, and an abundance of friendly smiles and greetings.

There are five protected reserves within the Caprivi Strip where budget travellers are guaranteed to find big game. Popa Falls Reserve, with the Popa Falls, drops 2.5m over a geological fault, is where the Okavango begins to spread out through the Kalahari.
Mahango National Park lies on the Okavango River which forms channels between papyrus reedbeds and lies alongside the floodplain areas, where you can spot red lechwe or sable but which is a popular favourite with birdwatchers.
Bwabwata National Park covers a big portion of the Caprivi Strip. This park is home to much wildlife but is largely undeveloped and many travellers just move through the park onto the others.
Mudumu National Park has good populations of a large variety of animals and is notable for its buffalo, roan and sable and large herds of elephant.
Mamili National Park is a swampland reserve and is home to the vast majority of Namibia's population of sitatunga, red lechwe and puku.