Things to see and do? The Zambezi River forms the border between Namibia and Zambia for about 140 km. It’s one of Africa’s mightiest rivers. If you’re in Katima Mulilo and you’re in a hurry, order a drink at the Protea Hotel Zambezi River Lodge and watch the river flow past – it’s nearly 500 m wide at this point!
In Katima, Tutwa Coffee Shop is the perfect place to take a breather and get information about tourism attractions.
The lodges and campsites downstream from Katima offer excellent tiger-fishing and birdwatching. You can photograph southern carmine bee-eaters at Kalizo Lodge, especially in October and November.
Will I see game? There are crocs and hippos in the river. You won’t see other big game because most of the Zambezi here is outside park borders. But birdlife is abundant – this part of the river is one of the best birding spots in southern Africa. Twitchers should stay at Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge and talk to owner Curt-Ingo Sagell. He’ll show you where to look for the rare Pel’s fishing-owl.
How will it fit into my itinerary? If you’re traversing the Caprivi in either direction you’ll go through Katima Mulilo. It’s also a good place to cross into Zambia – the Wenela border post at Katima is quieter than the one at Kazungula. If you’re near Kasane in Botswana you can drive to Katima for a day or two – it’s close enough.
Best places to stay? See page 124 – 125 for accommodation options – almost all the places featured offer fishing and sunset cruises. Make sure you get out on the water!
Fuel? Katima Mulilo.
FIND YOUR WAY
Protea Hotel Zambezi River Lodge: GPS S17.48675 E24.28623 Tutwa Coffee Shop: GPS S17.49939 E24.26919 Kalizo Lodge: GPS S17.54036 E24.56663 Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge: GPS S17.49515 E24.32406
Protea Hotel Zambezi River Lodge