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Kasane is a small town in the far northeast of Botswana situated on the Chobe River. It is the administrative centre for the Chobe District and has a population of under 10,000. It's close to Africa's 'Four Corners' where the borders of four countries almost (but don't quite) meet: Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is the gateway to those countries as well as to nearby Chobe National Park.
Kasane is connected by good tarred roads to the rest of Botswana and to the borders with Namibia, Zambia (to the ferry) and Zimbabwe. Getting off the beaten track (for example to Chobe National Park) requires a 4wd vehicle though, except if you are travelling through the park on your way to Namibia.
There are minibuses to Maun and Francistown, leaving when full. Note that the Maun minibuses go via Nata - you would be advised to take one of the earlier minibuses (around 6:00am) from Kasane in order that you can ensure a connection in Nata to make it through to Maun in one day.
There are transfers by minibus in the morning to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (2 hours), some of them organized by lodges and for guests only. Coming the other way, your options to reach the border from Victoria Falls are a shared taxi costing $6 (Oct 2009), a private taxi costing $25 (Oct 2009), or hitching (possibly with one of the rafting companies that goes to the border empty in order to bring back customers - expect to pay about $10). A minibus from the border to Kasane takes about 20 minutes and costs P3 (Oct 2009).
There is not much public transport in Kasane. Many destinations (between Chobe Safari Lodge and Mowana) are within 2 kilometres of each other, so you can get around well by foot. If you need a ride, you are best off with your own vehicle. Or, your lodge or safari operator may offer a transfer.
Most of the town itself is easily navigated on foot. Kasane is laid out along the south bank of the Chobe River, and the main road follows the river's course. Thus the city is pretty linear.
Many of the hotels have in-house dining rooms offering breakfast and dinner:
The major hotels all have bars.
Cheap accommodation in Kasane is in short supply, so book in advance unless you come in low season.
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Internet in the town centre costs P25 per hour.
See also International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Botswana is 267. To make an international call from Botswana, the code is 00.
BotswanaPost is the national postal service of Botswana. It is operating more than 100 post offices and 70 agencies throughout the country and is fairly reliable, albeit not overly fast. All post has to go overland through Gaborone first and international mail by plane might go via Johannesburg, so count on several weeks for your postcard or letter to be delivered to places in Europe or North America. You can use them for parcels as well, though faster and more expensive services are available by companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.
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