Our Trip – Kasane

As there is virtually nothing at Nata it was always going to be a stop over for one night to get to Kasane, which is on the Chobe River and the border town for Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For all our pics of our night in Nata see https://ourbots.wordpress.com/our-trip-july-2012/nata/

The map to the left shows in yellow the route we had completed until then and the blue dotted line the days travel.

We knew that we would have a few hitches to get through over the whole trip, the first day traveling saw the trailer problem and now day two started with its own challenge to overcome.

The lodge we stayed at in Nata had let us in through a side gate so we could get close to our chalet. With our early start it was a matter of getting a key to let us out of the same gate. However the night shift guard had gone home with the key in his pocket – isn’t Africa wonderful. After phone calls, trying bunches and bunches of keys and waiting for the guard that never arrived, we eventual decided to cut the chain, we were free about an hour after we wanted to get away.

The need to get away early was so we could get to Kasane as early as possible as you can’t book camping and it is given on a first come first serve basis.

The road from Nata to Kasane is like driving through a game reserve, except it is tar and heavy trucks travel on it with little consideration for the game. The warning sign boards are “Beware of Elephant” and it wasn’t too long before we spotted one and the first for the trip.

Plenty of steenbuck were feeding on the side of the roads and numerous herds of impala and ostrich were seen as well as a tawny and martial eagles.

En-route was a sunflower farm – the whole valley was covered in these beautiful yellow flowers.

Just after lunch we drove into Kasane to find that the campsites were all fill, yet another hiccup. It was Brian and Anne that sweet talked a photographic safari operator to allow us to camp on his lawns, which turned out rather well for us as we had river frontage all to ourselves.

Tristan, immediately found a fishing rod and headed down to the Chobe River to try is luck after being warned about hippo and croc’s. The rest of us planned tactics for our 3 night stay and were about to hit the booming city of Kasane when we heard the shouts of glee from Tristan. He had caught not only the first fish of the trip, but it was also a tiger fish.

From normally being shy in front of the camera he handled the paparazzi rather well. This was to be his first of many fish he caught on the trip and more than anyone else in our party.

Heading into Kasane city centre – yeah right, we were amazed by the sighting of a herd of elephants just on the outskirts of town and the number of warthogs that had made Kasane their home.

Oh yes, there was also one robot (traffic light) – something we are definitely not used to. Strangely enough it was on the main road in on a T-junction with the fire station and nothing else, so its exact purpose eluded me. Of course Tristan had the chance to tease us by explaining what the different colours meant.

Getting back to camp and settling with a beer we now could relax and enjoy our setting. We were right on the banks of the beautiful Chobe River, fish eagles were calling and birds abound. For all our pics of Kasane see https://ourbots.wordpress.com/our-trip-july-2012/kasane/

Next up our Chobe river safari and Victoria Falls.

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