The Zambezi Region

Perhaps better known by its older name of the Caprivi Strip, Namibia’s Zambezi Region stretches east across the top of neighboring Botswana to within touching distance of Victoria Falls. Many travelers to Namibia opt to combine a visit to the Zambezi Region with the falls – by way of the world’s shortest land border, a mere 443 feet long.

Although narrow, with a maximum north-south width of 65 miles, this colonial-era oddity, created to give German-administered South West Africa access to the River Zambezi, is packed with national parks, game reserves, and conservancies.

Much greener than the rest of Namibia due to a higher level of rainfall and more tropical climate, the region’s blend of waterfalls, permanently-flowing rivers, and marshland is understandably attractive to wildlife, resulting in an incredible diversity of species.

While the western gateway to Zambezi Region is the town of Rundu, which has a great range of accommodation options as a result, the chalets of Popa Falls Game Park make for a better base, being within a short distance of Bwabwata National park’s two separate sectors, alongside the Khwe Living Museum.

Alternatively, Kasika and Salambala conservancies act as an extension of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, and share the large elephant herds and Big Five safaris Chobe is renowned for. A large population of critically endangered Cape wild dogs also inhabit the Strip.

Recommended Zambezi Region Tours

Top Namibia Travel Destinations

Damaraland / Etosha National Park / Fish River Canyon / Namib-Naukluft Park / The Skeleton Coast / Windhoek

The Big Five

African Elephant / Cape Buffalo / Leopard / Lion / Rhino

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