"Caprivi, the small strip of land" Caprivi by georeiser

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Caprivi region is a 400 km strip of land at the top right hand corner of Namibia. It borders with Angola and Botswana in an odd and unnaturally way towards east. It also borders Zambia and Zimbabwe. The small strip of land is the only area of Namibia that is lush and green. The terrain is flat with woodlands, and contains National Parks and safari opportunities.

The strip of land was negotiated in 1890 as an exchange with the United Kingdom. Von Caprivi arranged for Caprivi to be annexed to German South-West Africa in order to give Germany access to the Zambezi River and a route to Africa's East Coast, where the German colony Tanganyika was situated. The annexation was a part of treaty, in which Germany gave up its interest in Zanzibar in return for the Caprivi Strip.
The Caprivi strip was later a strategic South African military zone, but is now a part of Namibia. It has been a long-standing dispute between Namibia and Botswana on Caprivi's southern boundary.

Another conflict took part in the Caprivi region in the 1990's. The strip is mainly inhabited by the Lozi people who share a common language and history, and feel more connected with Lozi people in Zambia, Angola and Botswana. The Caprivi Liberation Army (CLA) was established in 1994. The rebel movement's goal was a self-rule. In October 1998 the Namibian Defence Force raided a CLA training camp, and more than 100 armed CLA men and about 2,500 civilians fled into Botswana.

There are a lot of villages and huts along the Caprivi Higway. It looks like the north eastern area along the Angolan border and the Caprivi area is more densely populated than the rest of Namibia. (That is of course with exception of the Caprivi Game Reserves).
As far as I could see from the bus window, the people along the road looked more poor than the people I met in Windhoek. But they were friendly, smiled and made salutes when the bus passed by their villages. The friendliness of the people was also something I observed in the provice capital, Katima Mulilo. Caprivi area is mainly inhabibted by the Lozi people.

The middle half of the Caprivi strip is a game reserve. It's along the Okavango River for about 180 km until it meets the Kwando River in the east. The terrain is flat with woodlands. There are a lot of elephants there, and you can see them from the car window when driving on the Caprivi highway.
There are also two smaller reserves on the south-eastern side, Mudumu National Park and Mamili National Park.

  • Last visit to Caprivi: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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