North Eastern Region

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The north-eastern region of Namibia stretches from the Kavango region right through to the end of the Caprivi strip. This region is typically African, with scattered rural settlements, lush tropical vegetation, expansive floodplains and an abundance of birds and game.

Near Tsumkwe, the Nyae-Nyae area represents the homeland of the Bushman/San people. This area was formerly known as Eastern Bushmanland and is a little off-the-beaten track, thus a 4×4 vehicle is advisable.

Similarly, the Khaudum National Park, which lies further north of Tsumkwe, is also only accessible by four-wheel drive. The Baobab tree is a distinctive species found in this area, recognizable by the enormous diameter of its trunk.

northeast-image-1The main town of the Kavango region is Rundu which is situated on the banks of the Okavango River. This region is particularly known for its woodcarvers. This ancient craft has been handed down over generations and is a flourishing industry.

When heading further eastwards, the Caprivi Game Park extends into the Mudumu and Mamili National Parks. Herds of elephant are particularly abundant in this area and are best observed around the Chobe and Kwando rivers when they come down for their drink before sundown. Katima Mulilo is the main town of the Caprivi region and is considered the gateway to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/Zambia and the Chobe National Park in Botswana.

North-East is well known for its fishing (especially the sought-after Tiger Fish), game viewing and bird watching (over 400 bird species are found in this area).