Zambezi Region

Zambezi Region

Things to do - general

The Caprivi Strip in which the Zambezi Region is situated is a tropical area, with high temperatures and much rainfall during the December-to-March rainy season, making it the wettest region of Namibia. The terrain is mostly made up of swamps, floodplains, wetlands and woodland.

In addition to the Zambezi River, the strip also holds the Cuando and Kwando River, which marks the border with Botswana. Tributaries of the river here go by different names, including the Linyata and the Chobe. The province’s far east is where the Cuando meets the Zambezi.

Country Namibia

Culture and history info

Until the end of the 19th century, the area was known as Itenge, and it was under the rule of the Lozi kings. In the late 19th century the strip of land was administered as part of the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (Botswana). The German Empire in 1890 laid claim to the British-administered island of Zanzibar; Britain objected and the dispute was settled at the Berlin Conference later that year. On 1 July 1890, the British acquired Zanzibar and Germany acquired the territory which became known as the Caprivi Strip. Caprivi was named after German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi, who negotiated the land in an 1890 exchange with the United Kingdom. Leo von Caprivi arranged for the Caprivi strip to be annexed to German South-West Africa in order to give Germany access to the Zambezi River as part of the Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty. The German motivation behind the swap was to acquire a strip of land linking German South-West Africa with the Zambezi River, providing easy access to Tanganyika (Tanzania) and an outlet to the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately for the Germans, the British colonisation of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe and Zambia) stopped them well upstream of Victoria Falls, which proved a considerable barrier to navigation on the Zambezi. During World War I, the Caprivi Strip again came under British rule and was governed as part of Bechuanaland but it received little attention and became known as a lawless frontier. The region became of geopolitical importance during the 1980s when it was used as a jumping off point and re-supply route for South African support for the UNITA movement in Angola. Caprivi Region became one of Namibia's thirteen regions when the country gained independence in 1990.Culture and history image
Divava Okavango Lodge

Divava Okavango Lodge

, Mahango Game Park
Price per night from N$ 3,306
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Impalila Island Lodge

Impalila Island Lodge

, Zambezi Region
Price per night from N$ 4,865
Impalila Island Lodge is situated at the confluence of the mighty Chobe and Zambezi rivers. It is th More info
Lianshulu Lodge

Lianshulu Lodge

, Mudumu National Park
Price per night from N$ 4,753
Lianshulu Lodge in the East Caprivi overlooks the Kwando River and is situated on a private concessi More info
Ntwala Island Lodge

Ntwala Island Lodge

, Impalila Island
Situated 70 kilometres upriver from the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River, Ntwala Island Lodge is More info

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