Well it is almost becoming a trend; if it is the end of September and Independence Weekend here in Bots there is a good chance to find Sue and I in Chobe National Park and more specifically close to the Chobe River.
So with our trailer packed it was off to show our South African friends our favourite city in Botswana, Kasane. It is situated right on the doorstep of Chobe National Park, on the Chobe River and often animals are seen in town or very close to it.
Kasane is Botswana’s most northerly city and right in the corner where Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe almost meet. The Zambia/Botswana border is the world’s shortest at a mere 150m.
We were very fortunate to get the only campsite, in Kasane, that looks over the park, it was also right on the river.
From camp, we saw plenty of buffalo, elephant, crocs and hippo on the banks, islands and in the river itself. We were also visited by unwanted baboons, monkeys and the more wanted bushbuck (with baby), warthog and banded mongoose.
It almost goes without saying that the sunsets were just magnificent, something that the Chobe River is famous for.
And undoubtedly the food was all restaurant standard.
A caracal at Lekhubu Island and the best campsite in Kasane – this was turning into an amazing trip.
Well we didn’t just drive all the way to Kasane to sit around camp – there was the Chobe National Park to explore, Victoria Falls to see and a sunset boat cruise to do.
Sue had this great idea that we would leave Botswana and go into Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls, then cross into Zambia for lunch at the Royal Livingstone, then return back to Botswana. So 3 countries in one day. On paper it sounded amazing.
Have you ever heard of a SABENA? I was asked way back if I knew what Sabena Airways stood for and told that it was Such A Bloody Experience Never Again. Well this word stuck for Sue and I and what a SABENA that tour turned out to be.
More next time….