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Getting to Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is located in the Northern part of Botswana and is bordered by different countries like South Africa in the South, Zimbabwe in the East, and Namibia in the west. The best and easiest way to get to Chobe National park is by getting a domestic flight to Kasane Airport also known as BBK as this is found right outside the northern entrance of the Chobe National Park. As you plan on travelling to Chobe National Park, there are a few things that you need to put in place and these are the time that the gates open and close for example all the gates open between 6:00 am and 6:30 am and close at either 5:30 pm or 7:00 pm.

Getting to Chobe National Park through self-drives

Self-drives: this is one of the ways of getting to Chobe National Park and some of the things that you should know before heading out for a self-drive include getting a proper vehicle (4×4 is highly recommended), a satellite phone for easy communication, do not forget about the extra fuel (you do not want to be in the middle of nowhere without fuel), food, enough snacks, and bottled drinking water. Note that the driver’s seat in Botswana is found on the right-hand side of the vehicle and driving is done on the left-hand side of the road.

Besides self-drives, you can get in touch with a local tour operator to organize everything for you so that your job is to just show up or if you are the adventurous one and travelling on a budget, the best option is to use public means.

Travelling from Gaborone to Kasane

The distance from Gaborone to Kasane is about 925 kilometers and you can either use road or fly to Kasane. Private means will take you through the A1 and A33 routes and it will take you about 11 hours to get to Kasane. There are currently two flights between Gaborone and Kasane carried out twice a week and it will take you roughly two hours. Using public means that is a bus might come up as a cheap option but it will take you a day to get to Kasane from Gaborone.

Travelling from Windhoek to Kasane

Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia and the flight to Kasane in Botswana with a short stopover at Johannesburg will take about five to seven hours. The distance between Windhoek and Kasane is 826 miles.

Victoria Falls to Kasane

There are several means that you can use to get to Kasane from Victoria Falls and these have been listed below. Note that the distance from Victoria Falls to Kasane is 52 miles. Flying from Victoria Falls to Kasane is not recommended but you can, however, use public means that is a ferry that can be accessed from the Zambezi side of the Falls and this journey is about 10 minutes. It is a slow way of getting there but cheap at the same time. The ferry that is used is known as the Kazungula Ferry. Private rides are known to be the best way to get to Kasane and you will access it via the A33 route. The drive takes between 90 minutes and an hour and offers tourists privacy while on their safari. There is also a bus that traverses the Victoria Falls to Kasane route and the ride takes about an hour and a half.

Travelling from Maun to Kasane

The distance between Maun and Kasane is 608 kilometers and you can get there by use of a bus, flying, and the private car drives. Using a bus is the most affordable way of travelling although it will take you about a day to get to Kasane, flights from Maun to Kasane is about an hour and there are three operational flights between the two owns. Private cars are the best and the ride is about 7 to 8 hours when you use the A3 and A33 routes.

Getting to Chobe National Park by air

Chobe National Park can easily be accessed using air transport from different destinations like Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, and Gaborone.

Flight from Victoria Falls to Kasane: flights between Victoria Falls and Kasane are operated using a small aircraft and it has a limitation on the luggage that is to be carried by the tourists. Tourists are allowed to carry at least 20kgs and these kilograms should be followed to the dot. Flight from Victoria Falls depart at 11:00 am arriving at Kasane just within 20 or 30 minutes and the return flight from Kasane leaves at midday and arrives at 12:30 pm at Victoria falls.

Flight from Gaborone to Kasane: flights from Gaborone to Kasane operate on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and they usually make return journeys. The flight from Gaborone to Kasane sets off at noon and arrives at Kasane at around 1:30 pm taking an hour and a half. The return journey from Kasane to Gaborone starts at 2:00 pm arriving at Gaborone by 3:30 pm.

Johannesburg to Kasane: flights from Johannesburg are operated by AIRLINK and they operate a daily. The flight departs from Johannesburg at 11:45 am and arrives at Kasane at about 1:25 pm. The return flight from Kasane to Johannesburg is at 2:00 pm arriving at Johannesburg at 3:45 pm.

When to visit Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park can be visited all year round depending on the activities you plan on carrying out while on your safari. The best time is during the dry season when most of the animals in the Park can easily be seen due to the drying up of grass and limited water for all the present wildlife. Activities that can be carried out during the dry season (May to October) include game drives and guided nature walks. The green season also known as the wet season is also a good time to travel to the National park for tourists who are into birding and are travelling on a low budget this is because costs during the green season are low as compared to the peak season (dry season).

Several safaris can be arranged in Chobe National Park but the main key to getting some of the best services is by booking early so that you get the best deals on your safari. The roads leading to the National park are not in bad shape and you get to enjoy great views of the surrounding landscape as you drive to your destination. Information is key as you plan on how to get to Chobe National Park and the best means to use and final decision all depend on you after getting all the information needed about the different means.