Caracal Biodiversity center

The Caracal Biodiversity in Kasane town is one of the few places you should check out as you plan your Safari to Chobe National park in Botswana. The NGO was set up to help in conservation programs and research. Caracal in full is the Centre for the conservation of African Resources, Animals, Communities and Land Use opens every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. A tour around the Centre goes for $10 per person participating and normally takes only two hours.

The Centre offers refuge to injured animal species, birds, and snakes (small species).  Tourists get a chance to have close encounters with insects, animals, bird species and reptiles especially snakes on a tour around the biodiversity.

The Centre which is 5 minutes away from sanctuary Chobe Centre was opened in 2002 with a focus on community support, development of the wildlife Industry, and environmental conservation. It also caters to children and is also home to the Chobe women’s  Art and Craft Centre which has helped empower women by teaching them how to weave baskets that they, later on, sell to tourists, so if you pass by getting yourself a hand-woven basket to support the initiative.

Other tourist attractions around the Biodiversity Center

Kasane where the Centre is strategically located in an area that is easily accessed from four different countries which are Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zambia. It is a good place that has lots of tourist attractions that you can add to your list after visiting the Caracal Center and these include the following:

Lesomo memorial monument: the Lesomo memorial monument was set up in remembrance of the 15 Botswana Defence soldiers who lost their lives during the 1978 Rhodesia war that almost affected Botswana. The Rhodesian guerrilla fighters attacked the base camp and killed the soldiers, however, this strengthened Botswana’s resolve to fight for their peace.

Kasane hot springs: the hot springs of Kasane are located in what is termed a wildlife corridor that is between Kasane and Kazungula offering tourists a great opportunity for game viewing. The locals believe that the hot springs are a healing source for many diseases and you will find many of them around the natural springs.

Chobe National Park: you cannot visit the Caracal Centre without going for a game drive through Chobe. Exploring the National Park is a dream come true due to the many animals that are found in the National Park. Some of the animals that you get to see in Chobe include antelopes, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, giraffes, kudus, and red Lechwe among others. There are also other activities that you can carry out while in Chobe and these include guided nature walks, birding, Mokoro rides, and house boating and game drives.

Seboba water Rapids and Recreational Park: the recreation park is a good birding destination with hundreds of bird species that can be seen in the dry and wet seasons. The rapids are formed due to the presence of an underlying rock that blocks the water from the famous Chobe River causing it to ripple over. The rapids have also led to the growth of the Mosane trees after which the Kasane was named after.

Snake Park in Kasane: visit the snake park in Kasane and get to see about 50 snakes that are kept in the gardens. There are about 17 different snake species ranging from harmless to dangerous and some of the snacks that you will get to see here include the Black Mamba, brown house snake, and Booslang among others.

The new biodiversity Centre with Dr. Alexander as president was opened in 2010 and it helps in supporting the injured wildlife that is reached improving in the education sector about Botswana’s wildlife to students, tourists, and any other group of people who visit the Centre. The NGO does not receive any funding from the government but it partners with Virginia Tech and the money collected from tourists to keep afloat. The Centre works hand in hand with the communities around to create a sustainable future for the people around.

Accommodation near the caracal Biodiversity Centre

The Chiloto Guest House: This is a self-catering facility that has 6 rooms and can house a maximum of about 13 people. Five of the six rooms are en-suite and one has a bathroom outside. The rooms go for from $66.76 per person per night sharing

The comfort palace: is located in a moderately quiet area just right outside Kasane town, Comfort palace offers accommodation to a maximum of 16 people in 8 rooms and every tourist is supposed to pay at least $85 per night sharing. The rooms have double beds, WIFI, Air conditioning, Television set, fridge, bar, gardens, tea and coffee facilities, and private bathrooms. There are 8 well-decorated and comfortable rooms with air conditioning and complimentary breakfast is served throughout your stay. The facility also offers laundry services, shuttle services from Kasane Airport, and secure ample parking. It is 10 minutes away from the Chobe National park.

Amariah Guest House: this is located almost right next to Chobe National Park and is just a 3 minutes’ drive away. The facility is about 10 km away from the crocodile farm with 4 guestrooms. Meals are always prepared from the communal kitchen each containing double beds, housekeeping is arrived out on a daily, satellite television sets, rollaway beds can be arranged at an extra cost, WIFI, and a desk. You can only cancel 7 days before the expected date and note that the lodge does not cater to children since there are no extra rooms and each room goes for $45.

When to visit the Caracal Biodiversity Centre

The Centre can be visited all year round in the different seasons but if you are planning on adding other safari destinations to your itinerary, then you need to plan as you put the other destinations into consideration (the best time for visiting the rest) so that you enjoy your stay in the country.

The Caracal Biodiversity Centre is one way to learn more about the wildlife in Botswana and if you are not much of a fan of crowds, this is the right corner for you.