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    Default Caprivi strip – what to expect?

    We are travelling from Kasane to Etosha (Namutoni) in August 2020. We have two nights to get there. Our first thoughts were to break the journey up by staying at Nambwa (Kongola) and Mobala (Divundu) campsites. Looking at google maps the Caprivi Strip consists of one “main” road. Is it possible to leave the road and “go on safari” in the area? We have the idea it will be a little like the Chobe River Front, are we correct? If this is not the case and we are basically driving through from Kasane to Etosha we may decide on staying at Popa Falls (NWR) for two nights where we can relax because we will have two long days of travelling either side.

    Your thoughts and suggestion please…..

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    Default Re: Caprivi strip – what to expect?

    It is worth staying over for a few nights camping... and yes the road is long. Good to break it up!

    We recommend two spots that we enjoy on return trips from Etosha to Kasane and back again...
    - Mukolo Camp, Zambezi
    - Nunda Riverside Lodge, Divindu

    And this is a little gem of an AirBnB in Mukwe:
    https://abnb.me/JDw253VFg0

    All are family friendly, worth staying at least two nights each, in each place you can fish off the deck with a beer in your hand (if you are so inclined), and we always see hippos / crocs and other wildlife from each campsite/Braai area!

    The only problem is finding decent meat along the Caprivi. Make sure you stop in Katima (but Spar can be mad crazy) as it will then be Rundu before you find meat again

    But now we are giving away all our secrets - will never get a booking in the future!
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    Default Re: Caprivi strip – what to expect?

    It certainly isn't like Chobe riverfront, at least not around the main road B8. You might be lucky and actually see some animals (mainly elephants, but we also saw sable) along B8 (which in fact runs through Bwabwata NP), but if you want to have proper wildlife sightings, you need to venture off the main road, into real parks: Mahango and Buffalo core areas near Divundu and Susuwe triangle, Mudumu or Nkasa Rupara near Kongola. Each of these parks deserve at least a half day visit, but only a whole day or more will do them the deserved justice. They are all wonderful parks and it would be pity to simply rush through the area.

    We were there two times, both times in August. You can see what to expect at these two blog entries:
    https://safaribug.wordpress.com/2019...-2019-caprivi/
    https://safaribug.wordpress.com/2018...caprivi-strip/
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    Have stayed at Shametu near Divundu. They have nice camping sites with own ablutions and thatch lapa as well with sink, hot water etc that is very convenient. If you are so inclined they also have a great swimming pool, deck on the Okavango, and a restaurant. Not much in the way of activities but you can book boat rides on the river. Not set up for bank fishing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLVqUgGWfUY

    If you want to drive a bit further to Rundu, then i would recommend Hakusembe. Camp site 3 in particular because it has direct access to the Okavango River with tethered pontoon that you can fish from. Also private ablutions, and access to restaurant, swimming pool etc if you are so inclined.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JShh2whUiyI

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortelius View Post
    It certainly isn't like Chobe riverfront, at least not around the main road B8. You might be lucky and actually see some animals (mainly elephants, but we also saw sable) along B8 (which in fact runs through Bwabwata NP), but if you want to have proper wildlife sightings, you need to venture off the main road, into real parks: Mahango and Buffalo core areas near Divundu and Susuwe triangle, Mudumu or Nkasa Rupara near Kongola. Each of these parks deserve at least a half day visit, but only a whole day or more will do them the deserved justice. They are all wonderful parks and it would be pity to simply rush through the area.

    We were there two times, both times in August. You can see what to expect at these two blog entries:
    https://safaribug.wordpress.com/2019...-2019-caprivi/
    https://safaribug.wordpress.com/2018...caprivi-strip/

    Bwabwata is quite nice if you drive into the park along the Okavango. Was there last year and was pleasantly surprised at the wildlife inside the park as well as how quiet it was, there were very few other visitors at the time (last week of December 2018). So if willing to take a diversion and head in to the park and drive along the river then that could be good. We had just a quick drive through on our way to Mohembo border.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FDwgdlKIlY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absie View Post
    Have stayed at Shametu near Divundu. They have nice camping sites with own ablutions and thatch lapa as well with sink, hot water etc that is very convenient. If you are so inclined they also have a great swimming pool, deck on the Okavango, and a restaurant. Not much in the way of activities but you can book boat rides on the river. Not set up for bank fishing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLVqUgGWfUY

    If you want to drive a bit further to Rundu, then i would recommend Hakusembe. Camp site 3 in particular because it has direct access to the Okavango River with tethered pontoon that you can fish from. Also private ablutions, and access to restaurant, swimming pool etc if you are so inclined.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JShh2whUiyI

    Also Bwabwata is quite nice if you drive into the park along the Okavango. Was there last year and was pleasantly surprised at the wildlife inside the park as well as how quiet it was, there were very few other visitors at the time (last week of December 2019 ). So if willing to take a diversion and head in to the park and drive along the river then that could be good. We had just a quick drive through on our way to Mohembo border.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FDwgdlKIlY

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