Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Botswana, on the banks of the famous Chobe River, the quaint little town of Kasane rests on the doorstep of the spectacular Chobe National Park. There are no boundary fences separating the village from the park and game such as elephant and warthog are often spotted roaming around the town and hippos at times come onto land to help themselves to the lush grass of manicured lawns. Wildlife such as the elusive wild dog have been seen along the tar roads on the outskirts of town. Within Kasane behind the police station, an ancient baobab tree stands on display, once serving as a local prison.

Visitors can look forward to a multitude of activities including game drives through the park, taking a sunset cruise down the Chobe River, visiting a local village or jumping on a day trip to the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Kasane is strategically located close to the Namibian, Zambian and Zimbabwean borders.

Good To Know

Best Time To Travel

  • All year round: Due to permanent water and easy accessibility of Park to / from Kasane plus proximity of Victoria Falls
  • May – October: Dry season the larger herds tend to congregate on the river front. Often see the large herds swim across to Sedudu Island
  • November – April: the large herds spread throughout the greater area of Chobe National Park due to the increased availability of surface water from seasonal pans
What To See

  • Large herds of Elephants and Buffalo. Zebra, Kudu, plains game and the ever-present predators. Prolific birdlife all year but especially in the wet season.
  • Also found in Chobe, Chobe Bushbuck and Puku, plus Sable and Roan occasionally spotted if you are lucky
  • Hippos and gigantic Crocodiles abound in the Chobe River
  • Wart hogs, Baboons, Buffalo and Elephants are frequent visitors to Kasane Town

What To Do

  • All lodges offer Game Drives and boat cruises into the Chobe Park, some on an inclusive basis, others at additional cost.
  • Sunset Cruises, the spectacular Chobe sunsets alone are worth a visit to the Chobe area.
  • Traditional Village visits
  • Fishing in season, i.e., Tiger Fish, on the bucket list for many fishermen
  • Canoeing on the Western / Ngoma side of the park
  • Caracal Biodiversity center
  • Golf @ Mowana
  • Daytrips to Victoria Falls
  • Village walks in Namibia
  • Spa Treatments at specific lodges
What Makes This Area Unique

  • Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s greatest game park
  • The Chobe River is a tributary of the mighty Zambezi River and forms the northern border of Botswana, looking across at Namibia
  • The Chobe River meets the Zambezi close to Kazangula, in this vicinity 4 countries meet Botswana, Namibia, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
  • Kasane is the gateway to Chobe National Park
  • Kasane offers larger hotels than anywhere else in Botswana
Expert Travel Tips

  • Lodges on the western side /Ngoma have the advantage of entering the park early morning on the western side, much quieter than the Eastern / Kasane Gate
  • These lodges are not in the park and can therefore offer night drives and walks.
  • Majority of the year, the lodges on westerns side need to go to Kasane for a boat cruise and so are unable to offer sundowner cruises, as they need to get back through the park before it closes.
  • Ultimate option is Chobe Game Lodge, already in the park for game driving and a quiet stretch of water for sundowner cruise in comparison to the Kasane area.
  • Great family destination, many lodges offer family rooms and cater for various budgets.
  • Might be worth booking a private vehicle for added flexibility and a more intimate experience
  • Self-drivers: No driving off-road or driving after dark is permitted within the Chobe National Park in accordance with government rules and regulations
  • Fuel and provisions widely available in Kasane
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