Travel Guide Africa Botswana Kasane



Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

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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.



Sights and Activities

  • The town sits at the northeastern boundary of the Chobe National Park. It seems like every lodge offers game drives, so there are many to choose from. They typically last three hours to all day. There is a fee to enter the park, which may be included in the game drive fee.
  • Self-drive game drives are also possible. Be sure you have a proper 4x4 vehicle, proper gear, enough water and fuel, and campsite reservations for the park.
  • Chobe river cruises. These are offered by many operators, likely including your lodge. They typically are 3 hours long, from about 3PM - 6PM, through the sunset. Some cruises are in small boats which hold only six people; others are in large double-decker boats. About P320. edit
  • Day trip to Victoria Falls, 70 km away in Zimbabwe and Zambia, are offered by many operators. Expect P400-500 for an unguided trip. Allow an additional visa fee per person (US$30-55/adult depending on citizenship), US$20/person for Victoria Falls park entrance, and further money for lunch, activities, and shopping.



Getting There

By Plane

Kasane Airport (BBK) serves a few destinations including Maun and Gaborone in Botswana and Johannesburg in South Africa.

By Car

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.

By Bus

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).

By Boat

Although not immediately starting in Kasane, the nearby river crossing to Zambia by the Kazungula Ferry is an option often used by travellers who don't want to travel through Zimbabwe.



Getting Around

By Public Transport

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.

By Foot

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 Mowana has a fine buffet dinner, with a total cost of about P200/person including drinks and tip. It includes a selection of game meats, and Botswana specialties like pap and shredded beef.
  • The Chobe Safari Lodge also offers an outstanding buffet dinner, with game meat, and stir-fry cooked while you wait. Set in an open room overlooking the river, with outstanding service, it makes for a fine evening. About P180/person including drinks and tip.




The major hotels all have bars.




Cheap accommodation in Kasane is in short supply, so book in advance unless you come in low season.

  • Old House
  • Liya Guest Lodge, 1198 Tholo Cres, ☏ +267 625 1450, +267 7175 6903 (mobile), fax: +267 625 2376, ✉ [email protected]. Five simple rooms, each with two twin beds. Friendly attitude. Near the airport. Meals available on request.
  • Thebe Lodge and Camping - Camping with your own tent.
  • Water Lily Lodge - Charming design, with the rooms in a ring around a courtyard with fountain. Rooms have balconies that overlook the pool or the Chobe river. Clean, with friendly staff.
  • Toro Lodge and Camping
  • Chobe Safari Lodge, President Ave, ☏ +267 625 0336, fax: +267 625 0437, ✉ [email protected]. Great location next to the Chobe River. Some of the double rooms styled like traditional rondavel huts. Air conditioning, swimming pool. camping BWP 65, double BWP 780, family BWP 955.
  • Kubu Lodge, Kasane-Kazungula Rd (9 km E of Kasane), ☏ +267 625 0312, ✉ [email protected]. Riverside location, nicely decorated rooms, beautiful grounds.
  • The Garden Lodge, President Ave, ☏ +267 625 0051. charming, rooms are well-furnished, has a garden. They offer either a dinner, bed, and breakfast option, or an all-inclusive option with some activities. Dinner bed & breakfast.
  • Mowana Safari Lodge - Built in concentric rings around a spectacular Mowana (baobab) tree, this is the top end of the hotels in town.
  • Chobe Game Lodge - Within Chobe National Park.
  • Ichobezi River Lodges
  • Chobe Marina Lodge - This lodge also boasts river frontage with gorgeous river views, boating jetty, excellent dining, bar, curio shop, contemporary pool with poolside bar and family friendly poolside space. Staff are efficient and knowledgeable and the dramatic entrance area is a highlight of the Lodge.
  • Chobe Chilwero, ☏ +267 6251362, fax: +267 6251473, ✉ [email protected]. An exquisite location, recently remodeled with fine materials, and a price to match.

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Keep Connected


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.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: -17.816667
  • Longitude: 25.150000

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