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In Namibia's north-east corner as well as in the narrow part of the Caprivi Strip (Zambezi), the Kavango River and its broad flood plains dominate the Kavango Region, which makes this area considerably greener than the rest of this African country. The plains on either side of the river are fertile, providing a living for the Kavangos by fishing, tending cattle and cultivating their staple diet of maize, millet and sorghum. The Kavango are renowned wood carvers and local crafts include furniture, ornaments, masks and bowls.
The district capital Rundu is the only commercial centre in the Kavango region. The town offers basically no sights, but beautiful spots on the river and spectacular sunsets. Rundu is the gate to the Zambezi Region and here you should fill up your petrol tank and stock up on groceries. A welcome stopover for visitors travelling towards Katima Mulilo is the Popa Falls. Actually, they are rapids rather than waterfalls. Although the rapids have a total drop of only about 4 metres, they extend across the full width of the river.
Wedged between Angola and Botswana, the 32km wide Caprivi Game Park extends for about 180 km from the Okavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the East. There is a number of large and small game but no facilities for the traveller. The major town in Zambezi is Katima Mulilo which is described as the Gateway to the world renown Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as to the Chobe Game Reserve in Botswana. The Eastern Caprivi offers a variety of accommodation and is the home of a number of small but incredible game reserves which all need four-wheel drive vehicles to be explored. Impalila Island, in the far northeast, is aptly described as “The One Island in Africa Where Four Countries Meet”.
Mamili National Park is Namibia's largest wetland area with conservation status - a paradisiacal area of watery channels, reed islands and beautiful wetlands. It is situated in the eastern part of the Caprivi Strip and is home to elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, rare sitatunga and red lechwe, crocodile as well as hippo and otters.
Kaudom Game Reserve lies in the more remote north-eastern corner of the country bordering the Botswana border. The area is dry for most of the year but the grasslands and game flourish during the brief summer rains.