On arrival into Kasane, a small unassuming town in Botswana, but with an airport, you’d be hard to think that it was not like any one of many other small airports in Africa. The pace is slow and the terminal building is not a lot larger than a small UK airport – think Biggin Hill in Kent or Shoreham in Sussex! But you’d be wrong as Kasane is fast becoming a vital hub for this part of Africa – a few years ago a few light aircraft hopped in on their way to the Linyanti or Okavango Delta; not any more, it now accepts scheduled international flights from Johannesburg.
Kasane is going places – and the airport will soon catch up!
But why? Simple – if you drive just a few miles to almost any of the major points of the compass, you’d soon hit a border post – for Kasane is where Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet and very close to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. If this is your first trip to sub-Saharan Africa, it’s as good a first port of call as any.
From Kasane your options of where to go is incredible…………..
Take a short drive and you’ll reach the Chobe River, which flows into the Zambezi before crashing over ‘the falls’, and the Chobe National Park, where sightings of elephants in particular are incredible especially in the warmer summer months of October onwards. Game viewing is very largely by boat but what an experience this can be – the birdlife is incredible and the sight of an elephant swimming across to Namibia using its trunk as a snorkel is burnt on my memory.
Take a short flight or my preferred option of a road and boat crossing at Kazangula, and you’ll be in Zambia and very close to the town on Livingstone (think of Stanley’s famous greeting………), which shares Victoria Falls with the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Or take a light aircraft flight over the Chobe National Park and head into the heart of Botswana stopping a while in the Linyanti, or the Savuti or the amazing wildlife location of Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta.
The choice is yours – but whatever you do, choose to visit Kasane.