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5 things to do in Katima

Looking to explore Namibia’s northeastern regions? With FlyNamibia’s flights to Katima Mulilo, discovering the beauty of Namibia’s wetlands has never been easier. In the issue we get to know the wonders that await in Katima Mulilo!

Katima Mulilo, on the banks of the Zambezi River, is the largest town in the Zambezi Region. Since several different languages and many more dialects are spoken in this distant corner of Namibia, it is known as a cultural melting pot. It is a town where most modern conveniences are found. Traditional villages are dotted all around it. All in all, Katima is a welcoming town that invites visitors to explore its cultural heritage as well as the untouched captivating beauty of its surroundings. The Zambezi River is very important not only to local livelihoods but also to the fauna and flora it supports. Here are five things to do when visiting Katima.

Birding

Calling all twitchers! The region offers excellent birding opportunities for both novices and experts. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in Zambezi. The best birding spots are a boat on the river or its tree-lined banks. Be on the lookout for Schalow’s Turaco, African Finfoot, White-backed Night Heron and Pel’s Fishing Owl. The summer months from November to March host an abundance of migrant birds. The most famous are the colourful Carmine Bee-eaters which come to breed in large colonies.

A visit to the market

A vibrant, typical African market in central Katima Mulilo provides a glimpse into the daily lives of the locals. This diverse trading hub offers everything from vegetables and dried or freshly caught fish to live cows and goat meat. Take a closer look at the interesting products sold at the many small shops and stalls, or pop into the curio shop stocked with the skillfully crafted wooden items and baskets for which the region is famous.

Fishing

Cast your rod from the riverbank, or for an even better experience rent a boat to go searching for some big ones. Late April to December are the best time to reel in a tigerfish, while mid-June to November offers the best opportunities for bream species.

A day trip into one of the parks

Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara National parks lie to the southwest of Katima and are easily reachable within a two-hour drive. The parks border the Kwando and Linyanti rivers respectively and are known for big herds of migratory elephants and buffalos. The parks also support healthy populations of other species of game including lions, lechwes, waterbucks, roan antelopes, hippos and crocodiles.

Boat cruise

It doesn’t get much better than drifting with a gin and tonic in hand on the open river after an eventful day. Sundowner cruises are not only relaxing but also a great way to spot crocodiles, hippos and other life attracted by the mighty river. Tour operators also offer sandbank braais where the boat cruise includes a delicious meal prepared in a unique setting.

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