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Local tourist resort
Location of Kasane in Botswana
Coordinates: 17°49′S 025°09′E / 17.817°S 25.15°E / -17.817; 25.15Coordinates: 17°49′S 025°09′E / 17.817°S 25.15°E / -17.817; 25.15
Country  Botswana
District North-West District
Population (2001)[1]
 - Total 7,638

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 administrative 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.

Kasane has a number of campsites and accommodations oriented towards the safari business.


  1. ^ a b "Population of Towns, Villages and Associated Locatlities" (PDF). 2001 Population and Housing Census. Gaborone: Central Statistics Office. April 2002. p. 141. Retrieved 5 September 2009.  

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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.


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[1] 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.

  • 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$20/person for Victoria Falls park entrance, and further money for lunch, activities, and shopping.
  • 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 an outstanding buffet dinner, with game meat, and stir-fry cooked while you wait. Set in an open room overlooking the river, with outstanding service, it makes for a fine evening. About P180/person including drinks and tip.


The major hotels all have bars.

  • Liya Guest Lodge, 1198 Tholo Cres, +267 625 1450, +267 7175 6903 (mobile) (, 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) (, fax: +267 625 2695), [2]. Camping, basic chalets, and deluxe chalets (with a/c) all set on the banks of the Chobe. Game drives and river cruises offered.  edit
  • Kubu Lodge, Kasane-Kazungula Rd (9 km E of Kasane), +267 625 0312 (). Riverside location, nicely decorated rooms, beautiful grounds. single USD 130; double USD 170; triple USD 198.  edit
  • Garden Lodge, President Ave, +267 625 0051, [3]. 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
  • Mowana. Built in concentric rings around a spectacular Mowana (baobab) tree, this is the top end of the hotels in town.  edit
  • Chobe Chilwero, +267 6251362 (, fax: +267 6251473), [4]. 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 (, fax: +267 625 0437), [5]. Great location next to the Chobe River. Some of the double rooms styled like traditional rondavel huts. Air conditioning, swimming pool. camping BWP 65, double BWP 780, family BWP 955.  edit
  • Chobe Marina Lodge.  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
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