Caprivi: short history

The Caprivi Region has an interesting history. The inclusion of the strange shaped strip of land into Namibia (German South West Africa) was the result of negotiations between Germany and other colonial governments at the end of the 19th century.

Before Namibia became German protectorate the area was known as Itenge and for a long time was ruled by Lozi kings, later forming part of British Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana at the present).
It was agreed at the Berlin Conference (1890) that the strip of land would be added to German South West Africa as an extension, allowing the German colony to gain access to the Zambezi River, Lake Tanganyika and Indian ocean via another German colony, Tanzania (German East Africa). The region was named after chief German negotiator at the conference, Count von Caprivi (Count Georg Leo von Caprivi di Caprara di Montecuccoli).
Like many countries in Africa, a number of disputes about the precise position of Caprivi's borders arose over the years. After World War 1 it was again placed under British rule and administered up to 1929 as a part of British Bechuanaland Protectorate.
From 1940 to 1981 the administration was run by South Africa from Pretoria, from 1981 to 1990 it was ruled under the Administration for Caprivians as part of the South West Africa Administration. 1990 to 1992 marked the transitional period following the Namibian Independence. In 1992 Caprivi becomes one of the 13 political regions in Namibia with its own regional governor and six councilors.
Caprivi has seen a multitude of administrative changes during the last 100 years. It has been subject to three colonial governments (Germany, Britain and South Africa) and was administrated by three separate countries before 1992: Botswana, South Africa and the former South West Africa.

There are three game parks in the Caprivi region: Caprivi Game Reserve, Mamili National Park and Mudumu National Park.

Map of Caprivi

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