One Day in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia

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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 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.

A bee-eater sitting on a dead log

Border Crossing

We stayed at the Ngepi Camp near Divundu, so that was where we were heading. The Botswana part of the drive was partially through 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.

Baobab tree and part of Chobe River

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. 

Namibian village with people sitting near thatched huts

Our Campground

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.

Ngepi Camp Treehouse bedroom

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!

Our treehouse view of the sunset over the lake

I would say that we saw mostly antelope in our 24 hours in Namibia, ones we hadn’t see elsewhere. We saw roan, sable, gemsbock, as well as some we’d seen already, the more common dik-dik and springbok. In this part of Namibia, we didn’t see any elephants or giraffe.

It was a great day in this tiny part of Namibia, but it wasn’t enough. Namibia, we’ll be back.

More Photos from Namibia

2 wildebeest looking at the camera monkey on a log looking at camera Zebra and sable antelope 2 ostriches running away roan antelope looking at camera Villagers paddling down the Chobe River

 

 

28 thoughts on “One Day in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia

  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    Corinne, that sounds absolutely amazing. I have to admit to being a bit timid about Africa though – how safe did you feel doing self-drive? We’ve also been a bit lazy as well as timid in the last few years, and always go back to North America – partly because, with elderly parents, we need to be somewhere we are contactable at all times and can get back from quickly in case of emergency. I’m guessing Namibia might not be it? In any case, I shall squirrel this way for future reference…..

    • Corinne Vail says:

      Anabel, I understand, believe me. We go back to the States every summer for basically the same reason. I think nowadays, there are not many places that are truly incommunicado. We felt safe the whole time we were in Africa, but I do understand that it can be a bit intimidating.

  2. Ann says:

    That sounds like a great road trip, first. And that accommodation/tree house sounds perfect. What an amazing experience!

  3. foreignfeasts says:

    I crossed by river from Botswana into Namibia and it was one of the funner border crossings I’ve ever experienced. I thought Namibia beautiful too but was pretty weary of the crocodiles!

    • Corinne Vail says:

      More Time, It was mostly on road. There were only a couple of times that we almost lost the track. One time we were chastised for this by a park ranger. It was a blast.

  4. Marisol@TravelingSolemates says:

    Hi Corinne,
    Awww…I so enjoyed reading about the description of your tree house accommodation and your experience. Really awesome. Namibia is on top of my list and I’d love to experience this kind of accommodation myself. I can just imagine the thrill of seeing wildlife from up the comfort of your tree house.

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