KWANDO RIVER

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Things to see and do? The Kwando runs through the mid­dle of the Caprivi Strip. It’s much nar­rower than the Oka­vango – some­times there’s not enough space to over­take a grumpy hippo on a sun­set cruise – but it has a lot of char­ac­ter.

Visit Horse­shoe Bend in Bwab­wata Na­tional Park. On the way there, stop at the ru­ins of Fort Dop­pies, a for­mer recce base. It’s 4x4 coun­try – ex­pect lots of sandy tracks.

The town of Kon­gola is where you turn off the B8 and onto the C49 – this is where most of the lodges are found. In Kon­gola there are two sou­venir shops right next to each other: Kon­gola Crafts Cen­tre and Mashi Crafts Trad­ing Post. Both are worth a visit.

Will I see game? The west­ern bank of the Kwando is part of Bwab­wata Na­tional Park. You might ar­rive at Horse­shoe Bend at the same time as a herd of ele­phants. The area around Nambwa Com­mu­nity Camp – also in the park – is one of the best bird­ing spots in the Caprivi.

East of the river you’ll find Mudumu and Nkasa Ru­para na­tional parks, where game-view­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are also abun­dant. Make sure you visit Hippo Pool in Mudumu. The ac­cess road to Nkasa Ru­para might have been im­proved, but both re­serves re­main quiet and re­mote. You might wake up to a lion’s roar.

These two parks are only suitable for 4x4s, ex­cept if you plan to stick to the C49 tar road, where you can also see game.

How will it fit into my itin­er­ary? The Kwando is for Caprivi con­nois­seurs. If you’ll be driv­ing through the Caprivi from west to east, the Kwando is an ob­vi­ous half­way stop where you can spend up to three days.

The Caprivi in gen­eral com­ple­ments a tour of north­ern Botswana. Ex­plore the Oka­vango pan­han­dle in Botswana then cross into Namibia at the Mo­hembo bor­der post. In Namibia you can spend time on the banks of the Oka­vango, the Kwando, the Zam­bezi and the Chobe.

You’ll need a hol­i­day to re­cover from your hol­i­day!

Best places to stay? The most ac­ces­si­ble places with camp­ing and lodge ac­com­mo­da­tion are Camp Kwando (p 122) and Na­mushasha River Lodge (p 122). I also like Ma­lyo Wilder­ness Camp (p 122).

Fuel? Avail­able in Kon­gola.

FIND YOUR WAY

Horse­shoe Bend: GPS S17.90088 E23.28806 Fort Dop­pies: GPS S17.81989 E23.31537 Kon­gola Craft Cen­tre & Mashi Crafts Trad­ing Post: GPS S17.82288 E23.39740 Hippo Pool: GPS S18.18058 E23.45247

Camp Kwando

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