Kasane

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Kasane
Aerial view of Kasane with Chobe River Top right corner Kasane Airport
Aerial view of Kasane with Chobe River
Top right corner Kasane Airport
Kasane Aerial View
Kasane Aerial View
Coordinates: 17°49′S 025°09′E / 17.817°S 25.150°E / -17.817; 25.150Coordinates: 17°49′S 025°09′E / 17.817°S 25.150°E / -17.817; 25.150
Country Botswana
DistrictChobe District
Population
 (Census 2011)[1]
 • Total9,008
ClimateBSh

Kasane is a town in Botswana, close to Africa's 'Four Corners', where four countries almost meet: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is at the far north-eastern corner of Botswana where it serves as the administrative center of the Chobe District. The population of Kasane was 9,008 in 2011 census.[1]

Kasane briefly obtained international fame as the location of the remarriage of Elizabeth Taylor to Richard Burton, in 1975.

Transport[edit]

Kasane Airport

The town lies on the south bank of the 200–300 metres (660–980 ft) wide Chobe River which forms the border with the extreme tip of Namibia's Caprivi Strip. The Namibian island of Impalila lies opposite the town on the north bank of the river, and there is a border crossing by passenger ferry to Namibia.[2] About 8 kilometres (5 mi) to the east of Kasane is the village of Kazungula, where Botswana has 1.6 kilometres (1.0 mi) of frontage to the Zambezi river immediately below its confluence with the Chobe River. Here the Kazungula border post serves the Kazungula Ferry crossing to Kazungula in Zambia on the north bank of the Zambezi. Nearby a second border post serves the road into Zimbabwe which runs 70 kilometres (43 mi) east to Victoria Falls.

Kasane is at the northern end of the tarred highway from Francistown and Gaborone which is a regional artery between southern and central Africa particularly for trucks too heavy for the Victoria Falls Bridge's periodic weight restrictions. There is also a tarred road to the Namibian border 51 km west at Ngoma.

Kasane is at the north-eastern boundary of Chobe National Park and its road links make it a popular access point for tourists to the park as well as those including it in an itinerary taking in the Okavango Delta, the Caprivi Strip and Victoria Falls.

The town is served by Kasane Airport.

Amenities and social places[edit]

Kasane has a number of campsites and lodges (accommodations oriented towards the safari business). These lodges offer day trips into the Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls , and boat trips on the Chobe River.[3]

Kasane has ABSA Bank, First National Bank, Stanbic, Bank Gaborone and Standard Chartered Bank with ATM facility.

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population of Towns, Villages and Associated Localities" (PDF). 2001 Population and Housing Census. Gaborone: Central Statistics Office. April 2002. p. 141. Retrieved 5 September 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Chris McIntyre (2010). Botswana. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 193-193. ISBN 978-1-84162-308-5.
  3. ^ "Kasane Lodges". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2020-02-14.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Kasane at Wikimedia Commons
  • Kasane travel guide from Wikivoyage