Kasane is a city in the Okavango-Chobe region, the northeast corner of Botswana. Set on the south bank of the Chobe River, it faces Namibia's Caprivi Strip to the north. Zimbabwe and Zambia lie nearby. Kasane is a tourist hub, a jumping-off point for the Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls.
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. A bridge is currently being built.
By air: Kasane International Airport (BBK) has a few scheduled flights, e.g. Air Botswana service to Gaborone and Maun and SA AirLink to/from Johannesburg. Many of the charter operators from Maun will also accept charters to or from Kasane.
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 are share taxis between Kasane and Kazungula for only 4 Pula.
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. There are some taxis available. As a rough guide it should cost around BWP 30 to go from the town center to the airport.
To get to the Zimbabwe/Zambian border you can get a taxi for around BWP 30, or a combi for BWP 4. The combi travels a route between the town centre (down President Ave), the Zimbabwe border, and the Zambian border picking up anyone along the way - so be sure to wave them down! If you're coming from the airport, ask the tourist desk in the terminal to call you a taxi as they don't generally hang around the airport. BWP 30 to town, BWP 60 to the Zimbabwe or Zambian border. The same goes if you're arriving from the Zimbabwe side on foot, taxis don't hang around to take you into Kasane so you'll either have to find someone there to call one, or wait for the combi which leaves from just outside.
- Game drives in the Chobe National Park just to the west. 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 are also 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.
- 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$30/person for Victoria Falls park entrance, and further money for lunch, activities, and shopping.
- A Trip to a traditional Namibian village on Imalila Island can be organised with a local tribal elder as a guide.
- The Chobe Safari Lodge has a gift shop opposite its reception desk which offers maps (including the valuable Shell Map and Infomap of Botswana), field guides to birds and plants, plus T-shirts, carvings, and other souvenirs.
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 a buffet dinner, with game meat, and stir-fry cooked while you wait. While there are many options and it is very generous it all looks much better than it tastes. Set in an open room overlooking the river, with outstanding service, it makes for a fine evening. About P180/person including drinks and tip.
- Commissioner's Elegant Dining Restaurant, (in the Marina Lodge), ☎ +267 625 2221, . dinner 7-10pm. Perhaps the best restaurant of the lodges - thankfully it is al a carte rather than buffet. edit
The major hotels all have bars.
Kasane is dominated by the large, riverfront hotels that cater to package safari guests. For those wanting to stay in Kasane town the mid-range places are a better option.
- Liya Guest Lodge, 1198 Tholo Cres, ☎ +267 625 1450, +267 7175 6903 (mobile) ([email protected], fax: +267 625 2376). Five simple rooms, each with two twin beds. Friendly attitude. Near the airport. Meals available on request. single USD 40; double USD 60. edit
- Toro Safari Lodge, (A few km E of Kasane on the Francistown Road), ☎ +267 625 2694, +267 7458 4254 (mobile) ([email protected], fax: +267 625 2695), . Camping basic chalets, and 'deluxe' chalets (with noisy a/c) all set on the banks of the Chobe. Poorly managed, under-resourced and showing its age. Game drives and river cruises offered. from P890 per chalet, more for river views. Camping P100pp. edit
- Kubu Lodge, Kasane-Kazungula Rd (9 km E of Kasane), ☎ +267 625 0312 ([email protected]). Riverside location, nicely decorated rooms, beautiful grounds. single USD 130; double USD 170; triple USD 198. edit
- 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: single USD 305/person; double USD 210/person; ask about SADC discount. edit
- 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. P550/twin double. edit
- The Old House, President Ave, ([email protected]), . Lovely spot next to the river. Rooms clean, all ensuite, air conditioning, wifi included, no TV in room. Restaurant/bar serves reasonably priced food. Online booking available. P900/double; P900/family room (sleeps 4). edit
- Bophirjimo Guest House, Tholo Crescent, ☎ +267 6252390. Simple guest house with nice thatched lapa up the hill behind the town. cheap. edit
- Kasane Self-catering, 347 President Avenue, . Decent mid-range option, run by a retired British couple. Excellent value in comparison with Kasane's other options, and a short walk from the Old House, where you can have a pleasant dinner. BWP660 ($75) per cottage. edit
- Chobe River Cottages, President Avenue, ☎ +267 625 2863 / +267 75 663 152, . Newly built brick-built bungalows with kitchen, lounge and bedroom. DSTV, pull out couch so that each cottage can sleep up to four people. A covered verandah with teak furniture and gauze netting to reduce insects and ensure privacy. Air-conditioners and fans in the lounge and bedroom. No river views. P850 per unit self catering. edit
- Mowana, . Built in concentric rings around a spectacular Mowana (baobab) tree, this is the top end of the hotels in town. $280 single B&B, $380 double. edit
- Chobe Chilwero, ☎ +267 6251362 ([email protected], fax: +267 6251473), . An exquisite location, recently remodeled with fine materials, and a price to match. USD 900/person (double), USD 1170/person (single). edit
- Chobe Safari Lodge, President Ave, ☎ +267 625 0336 ([email protected], fax: +267 625 0437), . Great location next to the Chobe River. Some of the double rooms styled like traditional rondavel huts. Air conditioning, swimming pool. camping BWP 65, rooms from P1,055 ($163). An extra P200 for a river view.. edit
- 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. edit
- Elephant Valley Lodge, Kasane Forest Reserve, ☎ +27 (11) 781 1661, . Meru-tented safari lodge out in the bush south of Kasane $330 per person per night sharing. edit
Another option may be the Chobe Game Lodge within Chobe National Park.
- Ozzy Communications, (On the north side of the road, near the Post Office). Opens 8:00 am. Also offers phone calls and office services. Charmingly, the sign in front translates offerings into Chinese and Japanese. edit
- Bureau de Change, (In the Choppies shopping centre). Mon-Fri 08-18:30h, Sat 08:30-16:00h, Sun 09:30-16:00h. Five computers with moderate-speed connection to North America. Also offers money change service. P15 for 1st 30 minute; P10 for every 30 minutes thereafter; no partial refunds for unused time.. edit