I love to tell people that you don’t go to Kasane because it is touristic, rather, Kasane is touristic because you go there. This is not a mere chiasmus, aphorism is the better figure of speech expressed there.
In the rank of cities with big attractions, one hardly find a place for Kasane, but you cannot get to some of Africa’s most stunning destinations, especially if you are going on a wildlife safari without getting to this city.
Kasane is therefore like the taste bud! Just as you can’t savour the taste of good meal without your tongue, one’s safari in southern Africa is incomplete without getting to Kasane. This is the main secret of Kasane.
Location of Kasane
Kasane is a border town in Botswana where four countries—Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, meet. A major plus to this city is its strategic location en route to major attractions in all these countries. For instance, the city offer access to Namibia’s Caprivi Strip which is to its west, the Victoria Falls is to its east on the Zimbabwe/Zambian Border, and the city is the northern entrance to the magnificent Chobe National Park of Botswana. With all these added up, complemented by Kasane’s waters which is ideal for fishing safari, its Hot Spring and the historical Baobao tree among other local attractions, one can see why this border town is a place you will hate to miss. Let me take you to its prized asset, the Chobe National Park!
Let’s Explore the Chobe National Park
We are often oblivion about the creatures around us. We forget that they are the ones that make our planet habitable for us. Take a minute and ask yourself how much do you know about the elephants aside its size, the leopard asides its spots or about the cheetah aside its speed, let alone the eagle? This is why a wildlife safari is a good idea for an adventurous holiday. You won’t just see creatures that beat your imagination, you are also inspired by observing how these creature live. Can you imagine the inspiration that the speed of a cheetah and the eagle has done to our technology today? You can only guess what positive impact a visit to the Chobe National Park will do to you until you get there.
What is in the Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park was established in 1968 as Botswana first National Park on a site that has long being recognized as a unique wildlife zone. The highlight of this park is its elephant population. With a current estimated population of around 120,000, Chobe National Park has the largest concentration of Elephants in Africa. A river cruise on the Chobe gives an unmatched sight of hundreds and hundreds of elephants all at once having a drink before sunset.
Observe wildlife at the Chobe National Park
There is more, Chobe gives you the opportunity to observe wildlife and see individual animal behaviour up-close. This is where you will have a personal experience of African Dallas drying their wings in the morning sun. To dive for fish, the Dallas must saturate itself with water, and in order to fly again its wings must be dried up.
There is so much to learn about animals here merely by observing them. Consider the Hippopotamus; the mother hippos have learnt to separate their male babies from others when the pod is overpopulated in order to protect their sons from their dominant bull fathers. There is also the African fish eagles which are often seen in pair because their lives typifies territorial monogamy. If you see a male eating a freshly caught meat, pay enough attention, because it will call its mate to come have a feel. When the mate is around to eat, the male will fly to a vantage position where he could watch over their territory.
African buffalos have an uncanny way of announcing their impending death. When you observe a lone male buffalo, know its death is approaching. It will range along until its inevitable death. Impala is another spectacular animal. They are sexually dimorphic antelope with male having horns and noticeably larger than the females. Interestingly, one male is often seen herding around hundreds of females and young ones. It mates with the females as much as it can.
Observing lions protect their lioness is a spectacle. Viewed from a safari jeep, the lions can be seen charging at passer-by, after taking the lioness up the hills for seclusion. The giraffes on the other compete with their neck to mate with the female. If you are patient enough you will see the king fisher. It is an aerial acrobat when it comes to hunting fish. Its struggle in subduing its prey before swallowing it safely is spectacular.
As noted earlier, the creature you will find in abundance in Chobe National Park is the elephant and you can’t help observing and re-observing them. They are like humans in many ways: tender, gentle, spirited, determined, thoughtful, playful and smart! Seeing them up-close is the major gift of the Chobe. The best time to visit this Park is between May and October. This is when the largest concentration of elephants can be found near the waterfront.
Nexus between Chobe and Kasane
So much about Chobe National Park! The interesting thing about the park and the town is that there is no boundary, so wildlife feels free to wander around the free zones in the town. Don’t panic if you see Hippo and elephant in Kasane, they won’t harm you and will return to the park soon. To spot leopard, visit the Sedude Valley Road. The many dead trees along the road are ideal for leopard spotting.
Usifo Mike-Alvin is a creative writer with knack for budget traveling and adventure. He travels across Africa and reports for www.afrotourism.com