Whether you call it the Caprivi Strip or the Zam­bezi Re­gion (its of­fi­cial name), the best camp­sites and lodges are near wa­ter. The Oka­vango, Kwando, Zam­bezi and Chobe rivers all run through here.

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pool in the river, and for its cre­ative bath­rooms. You can ar­range a mokoro cruise (R200 per per­son) or a sun­set cruise (R200 per per­son), or just stay in camp and look for birds. Camp­ing R140 per per­son (with power). Bush hut R770 per per­son shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded); tree house R880 per per­son shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded). GPS: S18.11686 E21.67027 Con­tact: 00 264 66 259 903 (Shaun); ngepi­

Ma­hangu Sa­fari Lodge

Si­t­u­ated 19 km south of Divundu, the camp­site has seven stands, all with power. Camp­ing R120 per per­son. Spe­cial lodge rate for SADC cit­i­zens: R690 per per­son shar­ing (DBB). There’s a restau­rant and a swim­ming pool. Fish­ing out­ings and game drives are avail­able. GPS: S18.13841 E21.68066 Con­tact: 00 264 66 259 037 ( Wal­ter);­;


Nd­hovu Sa­fari Lodge

There’s one big camp­ing stand here (max 10 peo­ple) with power, 19 km south of Divundu. Camp­ing R140 per per­son; lux­ury sa­fari tent from R1 180 per per­son shar­ing (DBB). Dis­counts for chil­dren. They of­fer house­boat sa­faris on the Oka­vango River. Go on a sun­set cruise (R225 per per­son) and view game in Ma­hango (4x2). GPS: S18.13596 E21.67877 Con­tact: 00 264 61 224 712 ( Yolandi); nd­ (See page 82.) GPS: S17.87499 E23.31760 Con­tact: 00 264 81 865 3052 ( Ti­nolla)

Mazam­bala Is­land Lodge

About 9 km west of Kon­gola, on the eastern bank of the Kwando River. The camp­site is a 15-minute boat cruise from the lodge. Cam­pers may use the lodge restau­rant. Camp­ing (seven stands) R120 per per­son; bun­ga­lows from R680 per per­son shar­ing (B&B). Half-price for chil­dren un­der 12. Go on a game drive or a boat cruise, fish, do a guided hike or a bird­watch­ing tour. GPS: S17.82191 E23.33563 Con­tact: 00 264 66 686 041 (David); mazam­

Na­mushasha River Lodge

About 25 km south of Kon­gola. There’s a swim­ming pool and a restau­rant and you can have sun­down­ers on the deck high above the Kwando River. Camp­ing R160 per per­son; chalet ac­com­mo­da­tion from R1 282 per per­son shar­ing (B&B). The fish­ing is ex­cel­lent, as is the bird­watch­ing. GPS: S17.98616 E23.29548 Con­tact: 00 264 61 230 066;


Camp Kwando

An ex­cel­lent lodge and camp­site about 30 km south of Kon­gola. Pri­vate stands with ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties R210 per per­son; other stands R150 per per­son; chalets from R1 010 per adult shar­ing (DBB); half-price for chil­dren aged 4 – 8; free for chil­dren un­der 4. The restau­rant serves break­fast, lunch and din­ner and the deck has views of the river. Fish­ing, mokoro and game-view­ing out­ings are avail­able. GPS: S18.04298 E23.32226 Con­tact: 00 264 64 461 677;


Ma­lyo Wilder­ness Camp

The stands at Ma­lyo go right down to the river. At night a hippo might come and mow your lawn and there

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