Namibia:Caprivi Strip

CAPRIVI STRIPS

AREAS

THE CAPRIVI STRIP

The Caprivi Strip is a narrow strip of land in the far northeast of Namibia, about 400 kilometers long. The East Caprivi bordered by the Kwando, Linyanti, Chobe and Zambezi Rivers is a region of swamps and flood plains. It was obtained from Great Britain by Germany in 1890 to give German South West Africa (now Namibia) access to the Zambezi River west of Victoria Falls. The Caprivi is the wettest region in Namibia with its high rainfall and a number of major rivers like the Okavango, Kwando and Zambezi; all of them originating from Angola and draining an enormous area. There are also some smaller rivers like the Linyanti and the Chobe.

Wildlife is typical of central Africa rather than southern Africa. It includes African buffalo, elephant, hippo,lion, kudu, buffalo, leopard, bush pig, duiker, warthog, black-backed jackal, common impala, red lechwe, roan, sable, sitatunga and tsessebe.

Other species include puce, reedbuck and waterbuck, spotted hyaena, crocodile, plains zebra, interesting bird life, tiger fish, catfish, various tilapia fish species.

BALYERWA CONCESSION

The conservancy is approximately 550,000 acres with a mosaic landscape of woodland and grassland, on the western side of the Caprivi. An average annual rainfall of 600 mm. Bordered by the Kwando River, Mamali National Park on southern border and Mudumu National Park on northern border, the abundance of water in the Caprivi sustains a large variety of animal and bird species.There are no fences, so the animals can roam freely across the borders of the neighboring countries of Botswana and Zambia.                 

SOBBE CONCESSION

SIKUNGA CONCESSION

The conservancy is approximately 550,000 acres with a mosaic landscape of woodland and grassland, on the western side of the Caprivi. An average annual rainfall of 600 mm. Bordered by the Kwando River, Mamali National Park on southern border and Mudumu National Park on northern border, the abundance of water in the Caprivi sustains a large variety of animal and bird species.There are no fences, so the animals can roam freely across the borders of the neighboring countries of Botswana and Zambia.