Africa Map Pin
Advanced Search »

Town Small Kasane

ID: w149430 View large map

Located in Botswana :: Four Nations  :: Kasane
Category: Places :: Town Small

Booking
Padkos Links [ submit a link ]

Be the first to submit a link

Description [ correction ]

Originally a quiet little village on the Chobe River, Kasane rose to fame in 1975 when Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton remarried in the adjacent Chobe National Park (a mere 16 months after their divorce).

Today, fast-growing Kasane is a tourism hub for visitors to the Chobe National Park; it's also a convenient refuelling and shopping point for travellers travelling between Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Accommodation options range from camping to very upmarket game lodges, plus there are restaurants and shops to cater for all tastes and budgets.

Traveller Description

Adjacent to the town is the popular Chobe Riverfront section of the Chobe National Park. The park only has one campsite and two upmarket lodges, so staying in Kasane while undertaking day trips into the park, is a viable and convenient option. There are no fences around the park so it's not unusual to see wildlife in adjacent areas including lodge grounds.

A boat cruise on the Chobe River is a memorable way to experience its wildlife. Bookings are recommended and can normally be done through your accommodation venue. Of course, you can also do a self-drive game drive to the Chobe Riverfront, or book a game drive with your lodge.

There's good birdwatching on the river, especially near Kazungula, at the Kasane Rapids. Birdwatchers should be on the lookout for specials such as the Rock Pratincole. Behind the Kasane Police Station you'll find a large, hollow baobab tree which was used as a prison before Botswana’s independence. The Chobe Snake Park houses about 17 species of snakes, including the venomous Black Mamba and Boomslang.

The river flows past the town and it’s home to wildlife, including dangerous game, so visitors should take care when walking in these parts; sightings of elephant, buffalo, crocodiles and hippo aren't uncommon. Kasane Hot Spring is a natural spring situated in the Wildlife Corridor between Kazungula and Kasane; its salty waters are believed to have medicinal powers. But manage your expectations if you plan to visit the springs, there are no man-made pools or other facilities.

You'll find Impalila Island just north of Kasane. This island is the most easterly tip of the Namibia's Zambezi region and is formed by the confluence of the Zambesi and Chobe rivers to the north and south respectively, and the Kasai Channel to the west. It can only be accessed by plane or boat. Its name means 'the faraway place' and it's here that Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet. Once a military base for the South African Defence Force, Impalila island now forms part of the Impalila Conservancy and is home to the Lozi tribe. Although it’s part of Namibia, access to the island's lodges requires a visit to the Kasane Immigration Office.

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Chobe/Kasane, Botswana
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  Mascom. Orange

Directions [ correction ]

Not available

Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station :  Yes   Police Telephone :  +267 625 2444
Hospital : Yes   Hospital Telephone :  +267 625 0333
Doctor : Yes   Doctor Telephone :  +267 625 0888
Tourist Information :  Yes   Tourist Information Telephone :  +267 625 0555
Petrol :  Yes   Petrol Type :  LRP/ ULP
Diesel :  Yes
Towing Service :  Yes   Towing Service Telephone :  +267 625 2294 / +267 71 752 785
Facilities :  Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Car Rental, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities :  Auto Spares. School/s. Fast Food.

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Makoro Trips, Boat Trips, White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Scenic Flights, Stargazing, Photography
More Activities :  Camping Safaris. Desert Excursions.

Travelling Information

FUEL:
Kasane has Engen and Shell garages. Always have some spare petrol in case of emergencies, as the garages do run out occasionally. They are often without diesel as all the trucks fill up there before entering Zimbabwe and Zambia (much cheaper in Botswana).
Credit card machines don’t always work, so make sure you have extra cash on hand.

HEALTHCARE:
Hospital contact added is for Kasane Primary hospital. There are two private clinics. Phone New Hope Private Clinic: +267 625 1733.

MECHANICAL REPAIRS:
For car repairs there is the Motovac situated at the Kasane Business Centre open from 08h00 to 17h00 during working days and from 08h00-13h00 on Sat and Sun.

SHOPS & SERVICES:
The Kasane Spar is well-stocked with fresh meat and produce, and there's a Tops liquor store to top up your liquid refreshments. You'll also find a Choppies, a large Shoprite supermarket (with extensive butchery and bakery), as well as a Shell and Puma fuel station. The Old House Restaurant is popular with locals and offers good meals.

TOWING SERVICES:
Tow-in Services contacts added are for Mario's Gar.age – try: +267 625 2294 or Cell: +267 71 233 180. They provide this service anyway around Chobe District.

USEFUL NUMBERS:
New Hope Private Clinic: +267 625 1733.
Itenge Laundry & Dry Cleaning: +267 71 309 839.

 Travel Tip!

Itenge laundry offers an affordable, same day service if you drop off your washing when they open. The Unesco World Heritage site of Victoria Falls, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is only 85km from Kasane and easily visited as a day trip. If you want to avoid expensive border fees and time-consuming procedures to get your private vehicle into Zimbabwe, book a transfer with Shearwater Adventures, based in Victoria Falls. They will collect you from your hotel in Kasane, drop you at the falls, and collect you when you're done. If you have spare time before your transfer back to Kasane, the small village of Victoria Falls is easily explored on foot.

If staying at Kasane, you have the best of both worlds: a nature paradise during the day and the comfort of Kasane in the evening. Be sure to buy plenty of firewood before leaving Kasane if heading to Moremi or Savuti, as you are not always allowed to pick up firewood in the reserves.


Comments [ leave a comment ]

Be the first to leave a comment.

Extras [ add media ]
External Links Related to Kasane
Find Accommodation in Kasane
Disclaimer: Please note that the Tracks4africa content is researched continuously and the data is updated regularly. Although we endeavour to keep our information as up to date as possible, this is not always possible due to the high volume of listings on our database. Therefore, please treat our information as a guide and reconfirm important items with establishments directly. Please help other travellers, by helping us to keep our data up to date, by submitting data corrections.