Situated on Botswana’s northernmost point, in close proximity to border posts with Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Kasane is a key stopover town for anyone self-driving Chobe National Park and beyond. Though relatively small, the town is abuzz with ad-hoc traders, overlanders and safari vehicles in transit. The climate is tropical, with heavy summer rainfall, and the surroundings are mostly dense riverine woodland thanks to its position near the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe rivers.
Due to its critical geography, the town itself is largely utilitarian – a fuel station, grocery store, vehicle repair services and a handful of general dealers make up the center. There’s a small airport, a golf course and a few lodges along the Chobe River, which runs parallel to the main road through town. Accommodation ranges from upmarket lodges to riverside camping and most establishments, if not all, offer river cruises, day tours into Chobe National Park, or trips across the border to Victoria Falls.
With an airport and reasonably good tar roads in all directions, Kasane is the best place to head if you have an emergency in this region. It’s also the only place to stock up and refuel for safaris in and out of Chobe National Park. As a gateway town, it’s also where you’ll get up-to-date information on routes and road conditions. Take care when asking for advice (your best bet is to head to one of the lodges) and keep an eye on your vehicle and belongings – as a mass thoroughfare, Kasane is a prime location for opportunists.
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