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About Katima Mulilo

Katima Mulilo is the perfect stopover for your explorations of Namibia. With over 20 000 residents, it is the largest town of the Zambezi Region. Katima Mulilo offers you a break from the bustling tourist scene, but is close enough to the attractions of the surrounding area. Top attractions include Impalila Island, Bwabwata national park, and an open-air market.

Cheap flights to Katima Mulilo are now available for a limited time, so get ready to discover this relaxing town. This destination is the home of the Katima Mulilo Airport (MPA), which is a 20-minute drive from the centre of the town. This airport serves a number of airline companies, including Air Namibia. Popular flights departing from Cape Town to Katima Mulilo are available. The duration of the flight is 44 hours and 55 minutes.

Why visit Katima Mulilo

Impalila Island Acacia Flowers Katima

Experience Africa’s Treasures

Katima Mulilo’s location in the Zambezi Region puts it close to various natural attractions, including the Impalila Island and two national parks.

Open Road Zambezi Katima Mulilo

The Ideal Stopover

The peace that you experience in this town make it the perfect place to rest before continuing your adventure into Namibia.

Wood Carving Giraffes Katima Mulilo

Traditional African Art

Like most destinations on this continent, the locals of the Zambezi Region are known for the production of beautiful wood carvings.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Namibia
Currency Namibian Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 1 NAD
Language English
Hub Airport Katima Mulilo Airport
Airline Air Namibia
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type M / D

Best time to visit Katima Mulilo

Katima Mulilo experiences warm to hot weather throughout the year. November (late spring) to March (early autumn) brings high volumes of rain, making it low season. The dry season is from April (mid-autumn) to October (mid-spring), making it the best time to visit, though accommodation costs will rise and there will be a greater influx of tourists.

Weather & Climate in Katima Mulilo

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 18°C 18°C 16°C 14°C 8°C 5°C 4°C 7°C 12°C 17°C 18°C 18°C
High °C 30°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 27°C 25°C 26°C 29°C 33°C 35°C 32°C 30°C
Rainfall (mm) 162 161 90 22 2 1 0 0 2 24 72 148

Overview

Katima Mulilo is a small town in the furthest northern reaches of Namibia, and the largest in the Zambezi Region. Discover the society that blends old and new lifestyles with seven different languages and dialects being spoken. This town puts you close to the enchanting natural Zambezi attractions.

When you’ve rested your legs after your flight in the peaceful town of Katima Mulilo, go on an adventure exploring and experiencing the genuine African bushveld. At the point where the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers meet, you will find Impalila Island, which includes an acacia forest, local art, craft vendors, and many animals in their natural environment.

Furthermore, the Zambezi Region includes two national parks, including Bwabwata, which stretches across the region.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders travelling to Katima Mulila will not need a Visa for Namibia for up to 90 days. Your passport will need to be valid for at least six months after your return date, and you will have to have two blank pages available for entry stamps.

South African Consulate to Namibia

Address: Corner of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Jan Jonker Street, PO Box 23100, Windhoek

Phone: +264 61 205 7111

Health & Safety

The Zambezi Region is a malaria zone. Make sure to get the appropriate medication, which you must take well in advance before visiting Katima Mulilo. Once you are in the Zambezi Region, take precautions against mosquito bites, such as anti-mosquito repellent and wearing long sleeve sweaters and pants in the evenings.

With regards to personal safety, it would be wise to practise caution and keep your valuables out of sight, and refrain from walking outside alone at night.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG KATIMA MULILO
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 129.65
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 18.95
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 21.52
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 10.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 36.50

Where to stay?

A small number of hotels, bed and breakfast rentals and lodges are available across Katima Mulilo. The average cost of staying at any of these is around R 1000. Establishments that you can consider include Protea Hotel by Marriott Zambezi River Lodge, 3 Palms B&B, and Katima Mulilo town Council Guest House.

Getting Around

You have two options when getting around Katima Mulilo: renting a car, or taking a taxi.

Main attractions in Katima Mulilo

Impalila Island

Impalila Island

Bwabwata National Park

Bwabwata National Park

Ngepi Camp

Ngepi Camp

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