My first visit to Kasane was probably as a baby. Without fail, Christmas after Christmas my family and I would layover in Kasane for a couple on days en route to Victoria Falls. If there were ever a defining place, Kasane is where I truly feel in love with natural wonder. Spread along the banks of the Chobe River, Kasane is at the meeting point of four countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Overflowing with Chobe National Park’s wildlife and soothing river views, it’s no surprise Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton remarried here in 1975. The riverine settlement feels like an adventure with waterhog and elephants casually roaming the streets, beautiful blue waters, and an all encompassing wilderness experience.
Chobe National Park Game Drive
With an astonishing variety of wildlife and birds, the Chobe National Park is known for being one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Africa. Game drives in the Park can be anytime between 6am and 6pm. I enjoyed mine first thing in the morning after a call time of 5:45am. Although peak season is picking up, there weren’t many vehicles in the park which allowed us great sightings of elephants, lions, giraffe, buffalo, impalas, lilac-breasted rollers and more. Your accommodation can organise these game drives for you or any other tour operator located in town should you need an operator. Self drives are allowed if you’d like to come in with your own car.
Boat Cruise on the Chobe River
I have a thing for sunsets and catching a sunset on a boat? It doesn’t get any dreamier! I went on two cruises organised by Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa because I couldn’t get enough. The best time to go on a cruise is mid-afternoon leading to sundown. It typically starts at 15:30PM and sees you enter the national park via water. Along the banks you can expect to spot elephants, kudu, crocodiles, fish eagles, dartas, and so much more! I have never seen a more beautiful sunset in my life than I have in Kasane. Maybe it’s that glistering reflection on the Chobe River, or maybe I haven’t seen enough sunsets. You decide. The river separates Botswana and Namibia, and I couldn’t help but have illegal immigration thoughts of going across to see what Namibia looks like (I’ve never been).
Day Trip to Victoria Falls
Close enough to enjoy a day trip by road (about 80km from Kasane), visiting Victoria Falls is undoubtedly a must, must, must! One of the seven natural wonders of the world and a tourist hotspot, Vic Falls is an excursion unlike any other. Packed with several experiences, you can hike or be a little more adventurous by bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, swimming in the Devil’s Pool, zip-lining, abseiling, white-water rafting, gorge-swinging, and more. Take to the sky with a helicopter ride for unimaginable views. Be sure to rent a trench coat across the street from the entrance and pack a change of clothes as you’ll get seriously wet from the magical sprays. I walked the trail and as simple as that sounds, that was probably my favourite highlight from the trip. Let me know if you have any VISA questions, should you need one.
Insider tip: Avoid wearing items that take long to dry like jeans and whatever you do, don’t wear your favourite sneakers. Opt for comfortable back strap sandals. If you have waterproof cases for your camera and phone, bring them with.
Bonus insider tip: After enjoying the Falls head for a bite at The Lookout Café. With delicious menu options, views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and waterway, it’s a great way to end the trip.
CARACAL Biodiversity Center
CARACAL Biodiversity Center in Kasane focuses on the conservation and education of animal life. The center hosts injured and/or orphaned wildlife and then releases those that can go back into the wilderness. Animals that would not be able to survive on their own call this loving place home. Spend an hour or two here learning about the collection of animals they take care of including snakes, bush babies, and birds, among many other.
Photography by Uyapo Ketogetswe
Contributing photography by Gofa Radithupa and Kgosi Ramsden