OKA­VANGO RIVER

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Things to see and do? The Oka­vango (known as the Ka­vango River in Namibia) forms the north­ern bor­der be­tween Namibia and An­gola for more than 350 km be­fore it cuts through the Caprivi Strip for 50 km to get to Botswana and the Oka­vango Delta.

Just south of Divundu the river tum­bles down Popa Falls in a se­ries of rapids. If you’re a his­tory buff you can ex­plore the ru­ins of the 32 Bat­tal­ion base – it’s on the eastern bank of the river. Fur­ther down­stream there is also an over­grown ceme­tery.

Will I see game? Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate Ma­hango Game Re­serve. It might be rel­a­tively small and your chance of see­ing a lion is slim, but you can bank on ele­phants, roan an­te­lope and red lechwe. The game-view­ing route near the river – where you’ll see the most an­i­mals – can al­most al­ways be driven in a 4x2, but the other route, which takes you to the re­mote Thing­w­ereng­were water­hole, is very sandy and only ac­ces­si­ble in a 4x4.

Bwab­wata Na­tional Park is on the eastern bank of the river. You need a 4x4 to drive the sandy roads, but you might see a sable an­te­lope or a leop­ard. It’s not un­usual to see large herds of ele­phant. The river in Bwab­wata widens into a large flood­plain that looks a lot like the Oka­vango Delta.

How will it fit into my itin­er­ary? If you’ve been to Etosha and now you want some river views, Rundu is a four-hour drive away. That’s where Oka­vango ac­tiv­i­ties like fish­ing and sun­set cruises be­gin.

Best places to stay? Di­rectly south of Divundu. Our pick is Ngepi Camp (see p 122). Fuel? In Divundu.

FIND YOUR WAY

Popa Falls: GPS S18.12445 E21.58330 32 Bat­tal­ion base: GPS S18.10946 E21.67086 Ceme­tery: GPS S18.16059 E21.73043 Thing­w­ereng­were water­hole: GPS S18.21392 E21.60713

Im­pala in Ma­hango Game Re­serve

Divundu

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