In the meantime, we would not be doing our job if we didn't mention an outbreak of hostility east of Kavango Province in the Caprivi Strip, that dagger of land that juts across the top of Botswana all the way to the border of Zimbabwe. The specific hotspot last month was in the far western end of the strip, near Katima Mulilo, where secessionist rebels from Zambia clashed with Namibian security forces. At this writing, a state of emergency in the area has been lifted by the Namibian government.
Contacted at press time, the US Embassy in Windhoek still officially cautioned against travel to Caprivi but then went on to offer to talk to any hunters headed that way. Our advice? If you are booked into the Caprivi this season, take the US Embassy up on their offer. Do it by phone before leaving home. Ask for the Consulate Security Officer and be sure you say you are a hunter, not a casual tourist in sandals.