Why is Namibia shaped like that? Where does this little stripe in the east come from?
Maybe some of you already heard from the “Sansibar-Contract” from 1st July in 1890?! Chancelor of the Republic at that time was Leo von Caprivi and he wanted to have a connection between the “German Southwest Africa and the eastern German territory (Tanzania, Burundi, Ruanda and a small part of Mozambique 1885-1918).
It should be a good thing to have a trade connection between these territories and the river Sambesi should be the solution.
So the English and the Germans made a deal to get the island Helgoland and a part of land to get a way to the Sambesi (The Caprivi stripe). Trading Witu (today part of Kenia) and the island Sansibar to England.
But the Germans did not know that the plan to have a trading connection via the river Sambezi does not work out, because there are the Victoriafalls in between! Actually the famous Scottish Africa explorer David Livingstone discovered these huge falls already in 1855! So the Germans should have known that it is not possible to send boats from German Southwest Africa to German Eastafrica… Anyway the Caprivistripe (since 2013 so called Sambesi and Kavango-east region) belongs to Namibia and is a border region to four different countries.
It is so sad that after 13 years in school I never heard of this part of our history! No one ever told us pupils that there is so much German history in Africa. I would have liked it to hear about Namibia and the areas in east Africa like Tanzania and the stories behind. Only my grandfather told me once that there are people who speak German in Africa and of course he had to go to Africa in the war (but that was in the northern part!). You learn so much while travelling!
So it really was amazing to travel this area and see it with my own eyes. It was an endless ride from Windhoek to the Sambesi region and I took some more photos on the way (check here).
Finally we arrived at the campsite made a fire and relaxed while watching the uncountable shooting stars. What a life!