To do Kasane is to do Chobe. Regarded as one of the top 2 “elite” safari destinations in Africa, Chobe is most famous for being home to the world’s largest and most numerous elephant herds in the world (among other wildlife) covering over 11,000 square kilometers at the confluence of 4 countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia. This is also one of the few places to see the “Big 5” (the African lion, the African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros).
2 types of safaris are offerred at Chobe: a game drive at either 6am or 10am in a 4WD jeep and a river cruise on the Chobe waterfront (which should be done at sunset beginning at 3pm). Each 3-hour safari should run at an average of 250 pulas per person.
We got ready at 10am for our first safari in the 4WD:
It’s about a 5 minute drive from Liya Guest Lodge to the entrance to Chobe National Park, where registration (done by the driver) can take about 10 minutes. Afterwards it’s about another 5-10 minute drive to the riverfront on the upper trail.
Once you reach where the water is, the wildlife begin to teem in the hundreds to thousands.
The list of things to see include (and not limited to) the kudus and impalas:
Birds with spoon-shaped beaks:
Elephants — lots and lots of them:
We returned to the lodge at 1pm, a little bummed no lions or leopards came out to greet us. Nevertheless, we still had a river cruise to go to at 3pm.
We took a taxi (20 pulas per vehicle) to one of the docks at 2:30pm for boarding.
Along the river we saw —
And most importantly, the sunset at 6pm:
Afterwards we grabbed a perfunctory dinner at The Old House within walking distance of our docks, before heading back home for an early evening relaxing at our lodge (where a random elephant happened to be roaming in our backyard!).
- At time of posting in Kasane, Botswana, it was 14 °C - Humidity: 49% | Wind Speed: 10km/hr | Cloud Cover: clear