The administrative centre of Chobe National Park
Kasane is located in the far northeast of Botswana and lined up along the southern bank of Chobe River, near the main entrance of Chobe National Park. The town itself is not much of an attraction and with fewer than 8000 inhabitants (2001 Population and Housing Census), serves mostly to tourists exploring Chobe National Park, or passing through the city heading towards Victoria Falls. The centre of town is home to a large number of lodges and has a supermarket, ATM, bank, petrol station and is therefore a good place to stock up. There are a few market stalls along the main street (President's Avenue), where you can purchase some local crafts and day to day items. It is safe to walk here during the day although there are reports of petty theft, so bear that in mind and keep your valuables within eyesight.
Even though the town itself does not have much to offer, the outdoors is what makes it worth it, including your safari. The Chobe Riverfront is magical, and I am amazed every time by the abundance of wildlife and birdlife in this region. I count it as one of my favourite stops, even though it can get a little busy inside the park, especially during peak season (July-October).
Kasane can be used as a stopover to Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, which is a mere 80km away, or Katima Mulilo, which is 140km away. It is also a good place to break your journey en-route to Nata or Savuti.
Things to do in Kasane:
First and foremost, Kasane is the Gateway to Chobe National park and there is a reason why this area has made it onto our featured list of "Best places to see wildlife in Botswana", as well as "Best places for birding in Botswana". A minimum 2 night stay is recommended for people with an interest in wildlife, birdlife and photography, to allow sufficient time to partake in all the relevant activities, such as boat cruises and game drives.
How to get to Kasane:
By aircraft: To Kasane airport (BBK), which is located less than 10 minutes by car from the city centre (most accommodations offer free transfers from/to the airport and should be arranged before arrival). The different charter airlines offer flights to the relevant airports or lodges. Air Botswana has scheduled flights between Kasane and Maun, as well as Kasane and Gaborone, although not on a daily basis. South African Airways Express offers direct flights between Kasane and Johannesburg.
By car: You can arrive with the vehicle of your choice and all access roads are tarred. Enter on the A33 from Nata or Ngoma Bridge (from Namibia).
By bus: N/A
By transfer: There are regular transfers between Kasane and Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Katima Mulilo, which need to be booked in advance. Transfers can also be arranged on an adhoc basis between Kasane and Nata/Gweta/Maun.
Where to Stay in Kasane:
You can opt to stay in the city centre, which has the largest variety of accommodation in Kasane and gives you direct access to a supermarket, ATM and petrol station. Some of the more private and luxurious places are based a short drive outside of town, which is suggested if you prefer more privacy.
Please click here for a list of accommodation.