Situated on the banks of the Chobe River, Kasane is both the administrative centre of Chobe District and gateway to Chobe National park. it also is an important point of debarkation for the nearby Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia, and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip.
Kasane is situated a few kilometres from the Chobe River’s confluence with the Zambezi, where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Namibia meet.
At Kazungula, a few kilometres away, there is a ferry crossing between Botswana and Zambia. On the main road that runs along the river, and further inland, there are a number of lodges and guest houses Kasane for travellers wishing to stay and enjoy the park. Some are splendidly situated, with wonderful views of the river and its wildlife.
Often visitors opt to have a morning game drive and an afternoon boat cruise, with an afternoon game drive the following day, as this is the time of day when elephants are usually spotted. Many visitors also tack on a day trip to Victoria Falls, which is about 80 kilometres from Kasane.
Kasane now boasts small shopping malls where all basic commodities can be purchased, and arts and crafts shops. While its main attraction is the park that lies a mere 10 kilometres away, there are nevertheless attractions in and around the town.
Behind the Kasane police Station lies an absolutely immense baobab tree, with a hollow big enough for humans to enter; it was once used as a prison by colonial administrators.
Kazungula’s Snake park holds about 50 snakes (17 species) in pleasant garden surroundings. They run the gamut from the harmless Brown House Snake to the deadly Boomslang and Black Mamba. CARAKAL, the NGO that runs the park, is a community-based project that runs educational programmes for Batswana children, and a training programme to involve Batswana in the tourism industry.
CHOBE DISTRICT LANDMARKS
The people of the Chobe Enclave will always have fond memories of this dry lake. For here was where they used to derive their livelihood with ease. Hope of it filling up will never die, and that day will be met with great celebrations.
LESOMA MEMORIAL MONUMENT in 1977, the brutal civil war in the then Rhodesia spilled over into Botswana. In the process, 15 Botswana Defence Force soldiers died; however, the incident only strengthened Botswana’s national resolve to remain a peace-loving nation.
KASANE HOT SPRINGS
The warm and salty waters of this natural spring are believed to hold medicinal powers. This is also where a wildlife corridor between the villages of Kazungula and Kasane is situated.
SEBOBA WATER RAPIDS AND RECREATIONAL PARK
These rapids occur when the waters of the mighty Chobe River meet an undulating rock base that blocks the water’s passage. The resulting rapids and beautiful natural setting give rise to the trees from which Kasane derives its name.
SIBUYU FOREST RESERVE
To the ancient San hunters and gatherers, this was a land of plenty that teemed with game, and held abundant water, and wild fruits and vegetables. Today the only traces of human existence and pre-historic activity lie at the ruins at Nunga. An area ideal for camping and walking safaris, especially around the pans.
The Chobe and Zambezi Rivers meet at Kazungula, 10 kms from Kasane, where a ferry connects Botswana with Zambia.
KAZUMA FOREST RESERVE
Kazuma Forest Reserve boasts the world’s busiest elephant corridor that joins two of the world’s greatest parks: the Chobe National park in Botswana and Hwange National park in Zimbabwe ideal for camping and walking safaris.
MAIKAELELO FOREST RESERVE
The pans in this reserve oﬀer lodging and campsites.
KASANE FOREST RESERVE
Lesoma valley oﬀers campsites, walking safaris, and night game drives by local tour operators.
- Boat excursions
- Sunset boat cruises
- Game drives
- Day excursions to victoria Falls
- Seboba Water Springs
- Kgotla visit
- Lesoma Memorial Monument
- Impalila and Kasika village cultural tours
- Cultural activities through Mowana Lodge