FOUR THINGS TO DO IN KASANE

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Sun­set cruise

A sun­set cruise on the Chobe might be the best thing to do in the whole of Africa.

All the lodges in Kasane can ar­range a sun­set cruise and the dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tors all charge about the same rate. You also have to pay park fees since you’ll en­ter Chobe Na­tional Park. Rates: Chobe Sa­fari Lodge P220 (R288) per adult; P110 (R144) per child un­der 12. Park fees P120 (R157) per adult; P60 (R79) per child aged 8 – 17; free for chil­dren un­der 8.

Take note: If you visit the park in the morn­ing for a game drive, you don’t need to pay park fees again in the evening for your cruise. Do your two Chobe out­ings on the same day to save some bucks. Con­tact: En­quire at your ac­com­mo­da­tion in Kasane.

He­li­copter flight

Un­like Vic Falls and Liv­ing­stone, the sound of he­li­copters and mi­cro­lights isn’t om­nipresent in Kasane. This is a good thing, but the Chobe flood­plain is also spec­tac­u­lar from the air.

The only pi­lot who can take you up is Mo­go­motsi Gae­bepe from Pyrus Ea­gles. His Robin­son he­li­copter can carry three pas­sen­gers. You’ll see the Chobe River, Se­dudu Is­land and the chan­nels that con­nect the Chobe and the Zam­bezi, plus all the birds and an­i­mals that live there. Rates: 15-minute flight P765 (R1 000) per per­son; 30-minute flight P1 994 (min­i­mum two peo­ple per flight). It’s cheaper than a he­li­copter flip over Vic Falls. GPS: S17.79491 E25.16487 Con­tact: 00 267 71 431 749; 00 267 625 1844; info@pyruse­a­gles.com

Chow on the Chobe

Here’s some­thing dif­fer­ent: The Raft is a restau­rant an­chored on the Chobe River near Se­dudu Is­land, ac­cessed by boat from Kasane. You might see ele­phant, hippo and other wildlife while you eat your steak.

The restau­rant is on the Namib­ian side of the river, but you stay on the wa­ter so you won’t have to show your pass­port to get a side salad. The whole out­ing takes about two hours. The restau­rant is only open for lunch. Rate: US$38 (R544), which gets you a choice be­tween three types of braaied meat, two sal­ads, gar­lic bread, dessert and two drinks, plus the boat ride. Con­tact: 031 762 2424 (SA book­ings); info@ flame­o­fafrica.com

Take pho­tos like a pro

Want to take great wildlife pho­tos but don’t have the right gear? Then do a tour with the pro­fes­sional guides from Pan­golin Photo Sa­faris. They’ll take you right up to the birds and beasts and sup­ply you with a cam­era and zoom lens if you don’t have your own.

You’re guar­an­teed great shots and you get to keep the SD card with all your pho­tos. Visit their web­site for in­for­ma­tion about their longer pho­tog­ra­phy tours and their pho­tog­ra­phy house­boat on the Chobe River. Rate: US$90 (R1 279) per per­son for a three-hour tour on the river (or a sim­i­lar tour on land) – this is a spe­cial reader of­fer. Men­tion you read about their pho­tog­ra­phy tour in this mag­a­zine. Con­tact: 021 418 2312;

pan­golin­photo.com

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