Experience a unique African adventure - Namibia's
Caprivi Strip is an angling paradise like no other on earth!
Caprivi Houseboat Safaris’ Lodge is an exclusive lodge nestled
amid a lush green garden on the banks of the Zambezi River, a few
kilometers east of Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi Region of Namibia,
offering genuine hospitality in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
The lodge offers five rustic, en-suite chalets, that open onto the
riverbank; 3 campsites with a power-point, light, running water
and central ablutions, and a rose-wood deck with lounge bar
Features of Caprivi Houseboat
Caprivi Houseboat Safaris is a small owner run operation offering personlized
We are based on the banks of the Zambezi River, approximately
7km outside Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi Region of Namibia, Southern Africa.
Here we offer accommodation and boating activities which include, sunset
cruises, day cruises, overnight safaris and angling and birding excursions.
Depending on your itinerary a suitable package can be arranged for each
Our boats are 7.5m aluminum Outback’s powered by 75hp outboard
engines. With two roof top tents and a bunk bed on the lower deck each
boat accommodates up to six guests. On board is a small kitchenette with
a gas stove, basin and fridge, the dining area, hot water shower and toilet.
The boats are equipped with all the necessary kitchenware and camping
equipment and a basic medical kit and life jackets are available on board.
An assistant who will mainly serve as skipper will accompany you. At night
he will go to shore and set up his own tent separately. Knowledgeable
guides for specialized safari’s can also be arranged to assist in
making your stay with us an angler/birders paradise.
A tender boat can be rented for specialized angling excursion and fishing
tackle is also available for rent.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The Caprivi Region is a malaria area
so preventative medication is advised. Find out from your family doctor
or local travel clinic on suitable available products.
Some ideas of what to do at Caprivi Houseboat
With a myriad of fish species abundant in the Zambezi River, ample angling
opportunities are on offer. Famous for its tiger fish and bream, the river
promises to challenge and enthrall both the angling enthusiast and the
In close proximity to the lodge there are excellent tiger waters at the
Wenela rapids and other rock beds. By staying at the lodge these waters
prove an easy morning's or afternoon's angling.
Other angling waters are covered, up to 40 - 60km from our base, with
good tiger and bream angling spots. This is possible to do in a day trip
returning to the lodge at night or otherwise to camp for a night or two
with the safari boats as base camp along the Zambezi River.
Best angling times run from late April through to January for tiger fish
and catfish species and from June through to November for the bream species.
Angling boats can be rented on a half or full day basis. All boats hired
are accompanied by a skipper
Knowledgeable guides for specialized angling / birding safaris can also
be arranged to assist in making your stay with us an angler/birders paradise.
Truly a birders paradise, the Caprivi is home to over 400 wetland and
woodland bird species. Regular visitors to our garden, to name just a
few, are the endemic and rare Schalow’s Turaco, White-backed Night
Heron, African Finfoot, Collared Sunbird, Wood Owl, Marsh Owl and Swamp
In close proximity to our lodge you can view the Rock Pratincole and maybe
catch a glimpse of Hippo Island's resident Pel’s Fishing Owl. Other
specials in the area include the Slaty Egret, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Souza’s
Shrike, Copper Sunbird, Rosy Throated Longclaw and African Skimmer.
Great flocks of Carmine Bee-eaters also frequent the area during their
breeding season from September to October, their nesting sites an incredible
sight to see.
The Zambezi River
The Zambezi River is the fourth largest river system in Africa. Beginning
its journey as an insignificant little spring in the northwest corner
of Zambia it runs for a length of 2700km through six countries before
finally completing its fascinating journey in the warm waters of the Indian
Ocean. For 130km this river forms the border between Namibia and Zambia.
Game viewing on the Zambezi is limited to mainly hippos and crocodiles.
Although, through July to November, when the river levels are at its lowest,
several herds of elephant can be seen cooling down in the waters of the
The Chobe River
Forming the southern border between the Eastern Caprivi and Botswana,
the Chobe River meanders eastwards to meet the Zambezi River at Kazangula.
Travel from the Zambezi River, through the Casaia channel and into the
Chobe River at Impalila Island, making your way into magical waters at
the edge of the Chobe National Park.
Here you can enjoy the abundance of wildlife that makes this area famous.
Being on the river gives a new dimension to game viewing – the animals
showing an almost fearless disdain for a floating object - and allows
you to come closer to a large variety of game including elephant, buffalo,
giraffe, sable antelope, hippo and crocodile and many more species of
buck. Numerous bird species also add to nature’s unending display.
In close proximity to three other countries, day trips and transfers
can be arranged to the Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Ngonye Falls
and the Bwabwata, Mamili and Madumu National Parks.
Relax with a refreshing cold drink whilst enjoying a spectacular sunset
over the Zambezi River.
You might most likely spot some hippos and if you're really lucky, crocodiles,
otters in addition to the many bird species gracing the Zambesi River.
Half and Full day cruises
Enjoy a leisurely day on the Zambezi with an optional picnic
or braai lunch along the riverbank.
You will be able to spot hippos and loads of birds with some rare sightings
possible. On a lucky day otters and crocodiles might also show themselves.
With us being in close proximity to three other countries, day trips
and transfers can be arranged to the following:
Chobe National Park,
Ngonye (Sioma) Falls
and our local parks; the Bwabwata, Nkasa Lupala (Mamili) and Mudumu National
The lodge is easily accessible by road with good tarred roads
leading in from Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Follow the B8 en route to
the Botswana (Ngoma) border from Katima Mulilo for approximately 6km,
turn left on the gravel road, our entrance is 800m on your left.
Airports in the vicinity:
Mpacha Airport, Katima Mulilo, Namibia - transfer 25km
Kasane Airport, Kasane, Botswana - transfer 120km
Livingstone Airport, Livingstone, Zambia - transfer 200km
Victoria Falls Airport, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - transfer 120kmm
Transfers can be arranged to and from each of these airports.
The Caprivi Region is more tropical than any of Namibia's other regions
and enjoys a higher rainfall and warmer winter than the rest of the country.
The rain season runs from late November to late February, with the Zambezi
River's levels rising during this time, dropping again to it's lowest
during October and November.
Namibia changes to winter time from the first weekend in April to the
first weekend in September (CAT less one hour). HOWEVER due to geographical
location the Caprivi remains on Central African Time all year round (one
hour ahead of Namibian WInter Time).
Please be aware the Caprivi is a malaria area, please consult your local
GP or travel clinic about a suitable prophylaxis.
Caprivi Houseboat enquiries and reservations: email@example.com