The Chobe River and Kasane is certainly the easiest place to access in Botswana, on a self-drive safari. Situated in the north-eastern corner of the country the area can be accessed from all sides, and from all four neighbouring countries.
© Lion encounter on the road between Moremi and Chobe
Chobe lies at the heart of one of the most exciting and dramatic self-drive routes in Africa for 4x4 vehicles. It is the starting point or end point for a self-drive safari in the Northern Parks of Botswana. Across the border from Kasane is the legendary Victoria Falls which is an ideal place to end a 4x4 self-drive safari.
How to get there
Chobe can be accessed from all its neighbouring countries via a tarmac road. From South Africa any number of border crossings can be used to enter Botswana. The road north to Chobe and Kasane
runs along the eastern border via Francistown and Nata. The last section of the road passes through a wilderness area, providing the opportunity to view wildlife.
The 4x4 self-drive route through the parks from Maun to Chobe allows accesses to the Moremi Game Reserve
. The road passes through Linyanti and Savute en route, with the last section before Kasane passing through the Chobe National Park, which is a tarmac road. This road is the link to Namibia and crosses the Chobe River at the Ngoma Bridge.
Kasane is situated in a corner of Botswana where four countries meet - Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana - making it the ideal central point for Southern African self drive Safari.
Places to stay
Kasane and Chobe are also the places in Botswana with the greatest choice of accommodation, from camping to five-star luxury
. There is a campsite in the national park but you need to book far in advance as space is limited. However there are a number of camp sites to choose from in the area.
Bungalows and chalets are also available for people not wanting to camp but also travelling on a budget. There is a wide selection of luxury lodge accommodation, from intimate Safari style tents
to luxury hotels. The accommodations outside the park all provide activities on the river and in the park.
It must be remembered that Chobe is a high density safari area and as such self drive options may be limited due to the availability and forward planning is essential before travelling to this area.