Kavango is a region in northern Namibia.
- 1 Bwabwata National Park, a national park in the Okavango Panhandle, the remote east of the region, extending into the Caprivi
- 2 Khaudum National Park, a national park in the remote southeast of the region, at the border to Botswana
Kavango borders to with Angola in the north and Botswana in the southeast, and to the Namibian regions of Otjozondjupa in the southwest, Four-O region in the west, and Caprivi in the east. Administratively it is divided into Kavango East (capital Rundu), and Kavango West (capital Nkurenkuru).
The Kavango is a sparsely populated area. The banks of the Okavango River, however, are lined by villages throughout.
Native peoples of the Kavango are the Mbukushu, Mbunzu, Sambuyu, Gciriku and Uukwangali. They speak ThiMbukushu, RuKwangali and RuGciriku. English is widely understood, particularly among the younger people.
Due to the scarcity of other options, most travellers will arrive by car, either from Botswana or from the capital Windhoek. The only highway in the region is the Trans-Caprivi Highway (B8) from Grootfontein to Rundu and Katima Mulilo.
There is no railway infrastructure in Kavango. Many settlements have small airstrips but there are no major airports in the region, and therefore no scheduled flights.
By public transport
The B8 highway is tarred and in very good condition, as is the section of the C45 that is west of Mpungu. All other C-roads are gravel roads and in fair condition, easily passable with an ordinary sedan. Other roads (D-roads and those without letters or numbers) tend to be rough, sandy, heavily corrugated, and will further deteriorate after rainfall. Khaudum National Park is very remote and very inaccessible, without any car infrastructure but all the more deep sand. You will need two vehicles in case one breaks down, and they need to be serious all-terrain cars, not just SUVs with four-wheel drive.
Kavango is touristically not well developed. There is accommodation in all towns and villages, but the smaller the place the more basic the facilities.
The Kavango is a Malaria risk zone. Take the necessary precautions.