Camping in the Caprivi

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Ngepi

Flag of Namibia  , Caprivi,
Sunday, August 21, 2011

DOMINIQUE HERE:

Day : 452
Temperature : 31 degrees
Weather : Hot and sunny

We made the long journey through Etosha and out the other side, heading north towards the Okavango river town called Rundu which borders Angola. It was a very, very long day….some 12 hours in the car, although 4 of those were driving slowly through Etosha.

We stopped in a great little campsite right on the river, with Angola literally just a stone's throw away. We spent two nights there enabling us to have one full day to relax by the river and recharge our batteries having just had over a week of full-on activities and very little sleep.

We then continued east towards the Caprivi strip where we stopped at a fabulous campsite called Ngepi, where we swam in the Okavango River Cage…designed to keep you and the crocs at a safe distance from each other!...had open air showers, drank Amarula around the campfire on the banks of the Okavango and listened to the noises of the hippos and elephants sploshing around in the water.

In the afternoon we took a quick visit to the Mahango Game reserve. It would have been great had we not already had been spoiled with the fantastic game viewing in Etosha, but nevertheless it was pleasant enough and we did manage to see hippos and a sable antelope, as well as close encounters with the magnificent kudus.

We would definitely recommend staying at this lodge for a couple of days, but since our time was so rapidly running out, we decided to push onwards to Botswana. We were both very excited to be coming back to Botswana, having travelled here 4 years previously on our honeymoon….albeit on a slightly larger budget!

The drive along the Caprivi strip through the Babwata National Park was rather monotonous. We didn’t spot any animals at all. On arrival in Katima Mulilo we stocked up on supplies and found an upmarket hotel, paid a small fortune to use the wifi and we checked our emails.  We then drove south to the border. Everything was going smoothly until the point upon which we discovered that we had somehow lost our road tax / border crossing form which we had been given when we entered the country.

The staff at the border, in their customary unhelpful manner directed us to the police station where poor Kevin  had to fill in an "Admission of Guilt" form, for apparently trying to cross the border without the necessary paper work and pay a small fortune. Once they had received their money, the police were however happy to let us cross over…..

Bye Bye Namibia….it’s absolutely spectacular!
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Eileen on

Loooovvee all those signs :- so funny :o)

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nomadic-brands on

There were little signs everywhere.....the owner certainly had a sense of humour, it was one of the better campsites that we stayed at....we'd definitely recommend it :)

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