Not too long ago, Kasane was a remote and forgotten village despite its stature as administrative center of the Chobe District. However, its strategic location along the main tourist routes at the confluence of the borders of four countries (Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia) has changed all of that. Just 4 miles (6 kilometers) east of Kasane is tiny Kazungula, the border post between Botswana and Zimbabwe and the landing for the ferry that connects Botswana and Zambia.
Situated on the Chobe River, Kasane is the main gateway to the world-renowned Chobe National Park, via the Sedudu Gate south of the river. No boundary fences separate the park from the village. Elephants and hippos frequently wander through the town's streets and campsites. Kasane is also home to an old and dignified baobab tree with its own story to tell. For many years in the early part of the twentieth century, the hollowed out tree trunk served as the local jail.
A short drive out of Kasane, at a bend in the Chobe River near the Kasane Rapids, can be found a birdwatcher's delight. At the picnic sites in the area, a number of unusual species, such as the African finfoot and the half collared kingfisher, can be spotted. Most of the lodges in the surrounding area offer river cruises, which provide a good opportunity for close-up views of the birds and animals alike.
Kasane also boasts an old and dignified Baobab Tree with its own story to tell. In the early twentieth century the hollowed out centre of the tree trunk served as the local prison for many years before the current brick structure behind it was built. A short drive out of Kasane takes you to a bend in the Chobe River near the Kasane Rapids.
Kasane is also popular as a fishing safari destination. A wide variety of fish species can be found in the waterways off Kasane including tigerfish and bream. The Sedudu Island on the Chobe River is also a favorite site for game viewing and bird watching.
Kasane lies close to the place where the borders of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet. Kasane is a good place to start trips into the Chobe National Park.