Day 8: Botswana via Caprivi (now known as Zambezi Region)

We had our last breakfast on the wooden deck overlooking the Okavango at Ngepi camp.  The roof and sides are decorated with mokoros and work by local weavers and craftsmen.  It was our last day in the narrow northern part of Namibia known as the Caprivi Strip.  We had a long drive ahead of us to Kasane in Botswana.  This town is near the borders of four counties, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia and is a wonderful point of departure to visit any of them.

It was 8.35 am on Thursday 14 June 2012.  We left Ngepi Camp and stopped to fill up with diesel as we had a long trip ahead of us.  Rheta, an avid birder, picked up her binoculars and took advantage of the stop to observe some birds near the petrol station.  The distances between towns in Namibia and Botswana and vast, so it is wise to ‘fill up’ whenever possible before setting out on a journey.

We travelled through the Caprivi Game Park along the B8 towards Katimo Mulilo, the capital of the Caprivi Strip.  The Caprivi Province is a now game reserve and shows few of the scars of its war-torn past.

After two hours of travelling we crossed a river.

At midday we reached Katimo Mulilo and were pleasantly surprised to find a bustling town with modern shops.  We drove around while the tour guide and chef went to Pick ‘n Pay to buy fresh produce for dinner that evening.

Kutimo Mulilo’s main street.

Douw, our guide from Mpafa Travel and Vermaak the incredible chef, led the way towing their trusty trailer full of provisions for the next few meals.

At 14.22 we crossed a river.

14.37

Baobab tree at border

Marion took a photo of this sign that says it all.  We were heading for a place where all the countries converged.

Kasane Transit Route

Advertisements