Caprivi Region

The Caprivi Strip (Caprivi Region), formally known as Itenge, and now known as the Zambezi Region, is a narrow protrusion of Namibia eastwards about 450 km, between Botswana on the south, Angola and Zambia to the north, and Kavango Region. Caprivi is bordered by the Kwando, Linyanti, Chobe and Zambezi rivers. Its largest settlement is the town of Katima Mulilo.

Caprivi was named after German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi, who negotiated the land in an 1890 exchange with the United Kingdom. Von Caprivi arranged for Caprivi to be annexed to German South-West Africa in order to give Germany access to the Zambezi River and a route to Africa's East Coast, where the German colony Tanganyika was situated. The annexation was a part of the Helgoland-Zanzibar Treaty, in which Germany gave up its interest in Zanzibar in return for the Caprivi strip and the island of Helgoland in the North Sea.

There are three game parks in the Caprivi region: The Bwabwata Game Park is 5715 km² and extends for about 180km from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east; The wild and little visited Mamili National Park is Namibia's equivalent of the Okavango Delta, a watery wonderland of wildlife rich islands, river channels and wetlands; Mudumu National Park is a vast 1 010 km² expanse of dense savannah and mopane woodland with the Kwando River at its western border.

Also of interest are the Popa Falls, though more of a rapid than a waterfall there is a drop of about 3m. The area is rich in wildlife and mineral resources.