Katima Mulilo is the province capital and service centre in the Caprivi county. Althought the city has 75,000 inhabitants, it looks like a small, dusty town. The city is close to Zambia on the other side of Zambezi river. The distance to Botswana on the south is 70 km. The town was established in 1935 by the British Colonial force to replace the previous German colonial regional capital at Schuckmannsburg.
The streets in Katima Mulilo are wide and dusty. The buildings are scattered and low. The people are (in my opinion) friendlier here than compared to Windhoek.
The city offers some basic guesthouses in the city, and attractive lodges at the river. There are some good places to eat, shopping markeds and stores. Katima Mulio has a domestic airport, a hospital, some petrol stations, a streetmarket with art and traditional crafts, wood carvings and clothes.
The area outside the city is primitive with shepherds and their small huts. Animals cross the streets close to people. I saw many elephants not far from the city.
Fondest memory: There are street sellers in Katima Mulio trying to sell their groceries, vegetable and fruits right on the pavements and roadside ditch. This is a common sight in Africa, where the high rent for shopping stalls makes it hard to do a small economy business.
The Ngweze Post Office in Katima Mulilo is located in a calm area behind the shopping center, 100 meters away from the main street.
In generally I have a positive experience about sending postcards from this part of Africa. The cards will reach the receivers in other continents within 7-10 days.
Fondest memory: The Chobe and Zambezi river will rise during the rainy season. Normally the rainy season will start in December and end in March/April. 2009 was a very wet year with rain and inundation in May, too. Many people were homeless during the flooding this year and camps with tents were set up by aid organisations. The picture is taken on August 1, and the camps are still there although the land was dry.
I like to orientate myself in new locations on a map, but I didn't find a proper map of Katima Mulilo before I came. At the beginning I didn't understand the directions on the picture from Google Earth. And where was the city centre?
Although you drive towards Katima from Windhoek on a straight road from west to east, you enter the city at the south. Other confusing directions was the road to Zambia and the road to Botswana.
If you drive towards Zambia, drive north before you turn west along the Zambezi river. After a while you cross the river and drive the logical way to east towards Livingstone.
If you drive towards Botswana, drive north before you turn east along the Zambezi river. The road will turn south after a while, which is the logical way to Ngoma border post of Botswana.
The city centre is marked with red.
The main road is marked with yellow, with route signs.