Chobe bridge between the border of Namibia and Botswana is a low bridge. The Chobe river was like a 200 meter wide wetland, and not a flowing river when I was there in July/August. But the water is higher during the rainy season in December to April. 2009 was a rainy year with inundation in the area around Chobe and Zambezi river. No people lives...more
MUKUSI CABINS (more details on my Hotels Tip)Budget travellers need every advantage they can get and this is a great one. You can get free use of the showers, toilets and pay for sole use of a cabin and get 2 people in. a cabin. This is all because the office is not within eyesight of the cabins or shared showers/toilets. The best thing is just to...more
The restaurant "Galinhas Flame Grilled in Africa" is in my opinion the best eating place for western food in Katima Mulilo. All meat are grilled. And the prices are not too expensive (1/4 grilled chicken with french fries and fresh bread was 45 N$).I had just arrived from Windhoek on a 15 hours trip and was hungry like a lion. This restaurant was...more
This local music bar and nightclub played load music on the daytime, too. It's located almost in the middle of the downtown, and not far from the Shell station.
Drive 1 km north from Katima Mulilo centre until you reach the B8 road, then turn right and drive east along the Zambezi river. The road will turn south after a while, which is the logical way to Ngoma border. The distance is 70 km from Katima to the border, and the road is very good with asphalt paving. You will pass through some lodges and many...more
There are some shopping centers along the the main street of Katima Mulilo. And a large shop further down the street where you can buy food.
Smaller shops where you can find the "Cheapest price for life" ;-) are found 100 meters behind the main street.
What to buy: Clothes were cheap, but are not exactly the same type of clothes you buy in Europe/America.
A nurse with uniform, white flag and megaphone walked around in the streets and warned against having unprotected sex. A quite bizzare and funny thing to do, however very important to know about. Also a reminder for tourists.
If you travel from Katima Mulilo to Botswana, make sure to go all the way to Kasane and DON'T stop your journey at the border. It's nothing to do on the Namibian side except for staying at the Chobe bridge. (It's only a low bridge over some wetlands, and not a flowing river). The nearest inhabited place on the Namibian side is 5 km away, but it is the most primitive village you can imagine. The Botswana side is even more deserted with Chobe game reserve after you pass the border. It's not allowed to walk there due to the dangerous animals. And the road is closed at night.
My taxi driver from Katima Mulilo had forgotten his passport and couldn't drive into Botswana. So I had to go off here. I thought it wouldn't be so difficult to take a taxi or bus from the Botswana side. But it was nobody here except for some dutch speaking people with 3-4 safari cars. I think they were in family because one guy had his mother in the other car. I kindly asked to pay for a ride to Kasane, but they refused it (August 1, 2009).
A South-African truck-driver was stuck at the customs on the Botswana side without enough money to cross Botswana with his truck, so I paid the 200 Pula and joined his truck to Kasane.
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You will pass through many villages on the 70 km road from Katima Mulilo to Ngoma border between Namibia and Botswana. Some of the villages are the most primitive you can imagine. The locals were friendly, smiled and made salutes when the taxi passed by their villages. A great off the beaten path experience to stop here and see shepherds with their animals and children play.
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...more
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.more