Trip Report – Caprivi Strip, Namibia Self Drive
A unique sighting on the outskirts of town
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We had not even left Kasane when we ran into a phenomenal sighting of wild dogs killing an Impala. At first light on the way to the office we were surprised to find a single wild dog busy killing an Impala ewe right on the side of the road.
She started to feed on the Impala and was then joined by an additional 6 wild dogs that made short work of the Impala and devoured it completely. This was just outside the main town and on the way to Kazangula so the road was busy and people were starting to que up on the side of the road to get a glimpse of these rare predators.
Unfortunately due to the position and recently erected fences around properties there was no obvious escape route for the dogs who were becoming more and more stressed.
They initially ran into town and then turned back and headed out towards Kazangula until they reached the wildlife corridor where they were narrowly missed by a speeding taxi and dashed off into the bush and safety. See how Bushlore supports the protection of Wild Dogs. You can read about our efforts here.
This is what makes Kasane so unique, it is teaming with wildlife but as the urban development spreads so the local wildlife is unfortunately under more pressure and have less open spaces.
Before we reached the office only a few kilometres down the road we had also seen elephants, buffalo, impala, warthog and baboon.
Crossing the borders into Namibia at Ngoma bridge and back into Botswana at Shakawe were an absolute pleasure and only took us 15 minutes either side.
The Caprivi – a must on a Namibia self drive
The Kwando river basin is very scenic and well worth a visit. The parks are ideal for a Bushlore 4×4 self drive, the roads in the parks are very sandy and 4wd is essential but we did not get stuck at all in the Toyota Hilux bushcamper. Having said this we did not spend much time in Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) and certain parts may be inaccessible in the wet season or the months just after.
The parks are remote and we did not see much traffic, we did at times appreciate the fact that we have a satellite phone with us but there was intermittent signal in some areas.
The main road from Shakawe in Botswana, south to Nokaneng has terrible pot holes and you must drive slowly or you risk damaging the vehicle or worse. Accidents and rollovers are common. Be very cautious and reduce travel speed.
The Caprivi is certainly worth a visit as part of a Namibia self drive safari and very close to the Bushlore office in Kasane.
More details about the new Bushlore office in Maun to follow shortly.
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