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The renaming of the Caprivi Strip

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In an effort to eradicate traces of the region’s German colonial history, Namibia has renamed the popular tourist destination that previously got its name from the chancellor of former colonial master Germany, Count Leo von Caprivi.

In an effort to eradicate traces of the region’s German colonial history, Namibia has renamed the popular tourist destination that previously got its name from the chancellor of former colonial master Germany, Count Leo von Caprivi.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba announced that the former Caprivi Strip has been renamed the Zambezi Region, due to its proximity to the Zambezi river which forms part of Namibia’s northern border with neighbouring Zambia.

This 450-kilometre area is known and widely celebrated for it’s diverse wildlife and tropical river systems.

Namibia was colonised by Germany from 1884 to 1919, after which the southern African nation was occupied by white-minority South Africa until gaining independence in March,1990.

Today, there is still a small German population residing in Namibia.

The town of Schuckmannsburg and the harbour town of Luderitz (both named after German colonial politicians), have also undergone name changes. Schuckmannsburg (located in the former Caprivi region) has gone back to its original name of Lohonono, while Luderitz is now called ‘!NamiNüs’ (meaning ’embrace’ in the local Khoisan language Khoekhoegowab).

 

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