Kasane

The gateway from the east into Chobe is Kasane.  Not long ago, Kasane was a remote and small village. However, its strategic location along the main tourist routes (meeting point of four countries – Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia) has led to rapid expansion in recent years. This has been  enhanced by the economic problems in Zimbabwe, which has led to more travelers and truckers using Botswanan roads rather than passing through Zim.  The passage into Botswana near Kasane is Kazungula Border Post.  The post serves as the border check  between Botswana and Zimbabwe and the landing for the Kazungula Ferry between Botswana and Zambia.

Kasane is a bustling little town offering trouble-free town.  As there are no boundary fences between the park and the village, game such as elephant and hippo can frequently be seen wandering down the road and through the Kasane campsites

From Wikipedia:

Kasane is a town in Botswana, close to Africa’s ‘Four Corners’, where four countries almost meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is at the far north-eastern corner of Botswana where it serves as the administative center of the Chobe District. The population of Kasane was 7,638 in 2001 census.[1]

The town lies on the south bank of the 200–300 metres (660–980 ft) wide Chobe River which forms the border with the extreme tip of Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, though the swamps on the Namibian side prevent any habitation on that side or river crossings to it. About 8 kilometres (5 mi) to the east of Kasane Botswana has 1.6 kilometres (1.0 mi) of frontage to the Zambezi river immediately below its confluence with the Chobe River, and here the Kasane border post serves the Kazungula Ferry crossing to Zambia on the north bank of the Zambezi. Nearby a second border post serves the road into Zimbabwe which runs 80 kilometres (50 mi) along the south bank of the Zambezi to Victoria Falls.

Kasane is at the northern end of the tarred highway from Francistown and Gaborone which is a regional artery between southern and central Africa particularly for trucks too heavy for the Victoria Falls Bridge‘s periodic weight retrictions.

Kasane is at the north-eastern boundary of Chobe National Park and its road links make it a popular access point for tourists to the park as well as those including it in an itinerary taking in the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls.

Additional information:

Get in

By car: There is a paved road entering Kasane from the east and south from Nata, which connects to paved roads from Zimbabwe (notably Victoria Falls), and within Botswana from Francistown, Maun, and Gaborone. Some safari-goers may emerge from the Chobe National Park to the west.

By ferry: Nearby Kazungula has a ferry leading to Zambia.

By air: Kasane International Airport (BBK) has a few scheduled flights, e.g. Air Botswana service to Gaborone. Many of the charter operators from Maun will also accept charters to or from Kasane.

Get around

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.

There is not much public transport in Kasane. Many destinations (between Chobe Safari Lodge and Mowana) are within 2km 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.

Other helpful information

As there is no boundary fences between the park and the village, game such as elephant and hippo can frequently be seen wandering down the road and through the Kasane campsites.

Kazungula is 6 kms east of Kasane and serves as the border post between Botswana and Zimbabwe and the landing for the Kazungula Ferry between Botswana and Zambia.

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