Katima Mulilo

Katima Mulilo                                  
The largest town in Caprivi, Katima Mulilo, lies on the banks of the Zambezi river, at the crossroads of Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Angola. It beats with the pulse of Africa and is a microcosm of Caprivi, a place where seven different languages and many more dialects are spoken, with traditional villages bordering the town and open markets resonating with more modern conveniences.

Dirt tracks and freshly paved roads in the center of Katima Mulilo lead you to a mixture of old and new shops, banks and small businesses, including tailors set up under trees with their antiquated machines, waiting for work. An interesting feature of the town is the water-flushing public toilet fitted in the hollowed-out base of an ancient baobab tree. In the centre of Katima Mulilo a large, vibrant African market provides a glimpse into the daily lives of Namibians in this lively town. At stalls, erected under shade netting, women sell fresh vegetables. In a separate area is a meat market where cows and goats are slaughtered and where fish, a staple in the diet of people living along the rivers, is dried and sold. There is also an interesting curio shop stocked with the wooden items and baskets for which the Caprivi Region is famous.

The Katima Mulilo Airport is situated 20 km outside the town within two hours drive from Victoria Falls and not more than four hours drive from the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Air Namibia offers three weekly flights to Katima Mulilo.