Before setting up our road trip to Botswana and South Africa, I had never really considered going to Namibia. How was I to know that one of the best places for viewing wildlife in that country was just a few kilometers from where I’d be driving on trip anyway.
When I found out, it was a done deal. The only problem was we only stayed on the Caprivi Strip for one day. It was not enough. I can’t wait to return to Namibia and do it right.
Note: Namibia has changed the name of the Caprivi Strip to the Zambezi Region.
Our One Day in the Caprivi Strip
We stayed at the Ngepi Camp near Divundu, so that was where we were heading. The Botswana part of the drive was partially through Mahango National Park, so we saw animals all day long.
The most surprising part was the border crossing. It went very smooth, not taking longer than 30 minutes. But the absolute best part was the view looking over part of the Chobe River bed.
After we crossed over into Namibia, there were many villages along the road. Since it was Sunday, church services were being conducted in many of the town squares.
Where We Stayed in the Zambezi Region
The campgrounds here were clean and neat and nestled in woodlands along the river. Our sleeping arrangements at this camp were in what had only been described to us as a “tree house.” We had no idea what to expect and were completely amazed at what we ended up staying overnight in.
The tree house was a small, open bungalow built in and around a huge tree. It had two floors-one was a sitting room, and the other was a sleeping loft. The sitting area was tasteful furnished and comfortable and had a step-down bathroom off the back with a gorgeously tiled bathroom and open air shower. But the loft was the truly amazing part.
The loft had a comfortable king sized bed and opened out to a view of the river and a beautiful sunrise to wake up to. We sat mesmerized, watching the sun come up over the river as the hippos bathed and swam; and the giraffes frolicked along the shore with the zebras and warthogs–it was a real Lion King day!
Wildlife in Namibia
I would say that we saw mostly antelope in our 24 hours in Namibia, ones we hadn’t see elsewhere.
Some of the types of antelope we saw were:
Unfortunately in this part of Namibia, we didn’t see any giraffe or swimming elephants, but the zebras were plentiful and playful.
More Photos from Namibia
But Wait! There are Even More Zambezi Region Photos
Namibia should be on every safari-lovers bucket list. We spent one great day in the country and viewing a bunch of different animals than we’d seen in the surrounding countries. The Caprivi Strip is just a tiny part of Namibia, but it was enough to make us wanting more. Namibia, we’ll be back.
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Author Bio: Jim Vail, is a travel, food, and video creator and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 15 years. For many years he lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands, and he’s visited over 90 countries.